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Farm­ers’ Mar­kets to start in late July By Karen L. Wil­loughby

Two south­ern Utah County farm­ers mar­kets are ex­pected to draw throngs of area res­i­dents this sum­mer.

Af­ter a year’s hia­tus, the Maple­ton Mar­ket will re-open Mon­day evenings be­tween July 31 and Sept. 25. Span­ish Fork’s Farm­ers Mar­ket will be open Satur­day morn­ings to early af­ter­noons be­tween July 29 and Oct. 28. On the other hand, nei­ther Springville, Payson, Salem, San­taquin, Wood­land Hills nor Elk Ridge have plans for farm­ers’ mar­kets this sum­mer, those towns’ of­fi­cials said. MAPLE­TON

“Last year they didn’t do one and it made a lot of us sad,” said Maple­ton Mar­ket’s co­or­di­na­tor, Jill Uri­ona. “We’re just try­ing to build com­mu­nity. I want my kids to learn to grow things and have re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence sell­ing them,” con­tin­ued the mother of four. “We en­cour­age teens to grow things or craft things, to sell them and make money.”

The Maple­ton Mar­ket is great for so­cial­iz­ing, too, Uri­ona said: “It’s fun to get to know our com­mu­nity bet­ter, and to know where our food comes from.”

Since Maple­ton didn’t have a farmer’s mar­ket last year, and since the Maple­ton Mar­ket team was slow get­ting started, there might be only a dozen or so ven­dors, the co­or­di­na­tor said. How­ever, she added, since there is no cost to be a ven­dor for prod­ucts pro­duced within 25 miles of Maple­ton, the num­ber of ven­dors could in­crease.

She an­tic­i­pates corn, water­melon, toma­toes, cu­cum­bers, pota­toes, onions, herbs and ad­di­tional fruits and veg­eta­bles, plus a wide va­ri­ety of crafted items — pot­tery, cro­cheted items, air­brush paint­ings, kids’ aprons and more, in­clud­ing bal­loon an­i­mals.

Each week there will be a ta­ble with empty boxes, with each box rep­re­sent­ing a lo­cal fam­ily in need.

“We hope this will not only pro­vide a healthy boost for fam­i­lies in need, but also a mean­ing­ful way for all of us to share the boun­ties of our back­yards,” Uri­ona said.

Maple­ton Mar­ket — open 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mon­days July 31 to Sept. 25 — is to be in a new lo­ca­tion this year: near the Main and Maple streets in­ter­sec­tion, in the park­ing lot of the Old Town Hall, by the ten­nis courts.

For more in­for­ma­tion see www. maple­ton­mar­ket.org. SPAN­ISH FORK

Its lo­cal Cham­ber of Com­merce co­or­di­nates the Span­ish Fork Farm­ers Mar­ket.

“We’ll have 30 or more ven­dors,” Heather Youd, the cham­ber’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, told Serve Daily. “We have quite a few who come with a tem­po­rary pass; they don’t pay for the full sea­son.

“Ours is a true farmer’s mar­ket. Lots of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles, lots of breads, lots of grains. We even have frozen lamb this year, and the Span­ish Fork FFA is do­ing sausage.”

Among the ven­dors who have al­ready signed up for this year are McMullin Fruit, Hay­ward Honey, Gor­don Farms Pro­duce, Sueanne’s Gar­den, Pyne Farms, Wes Moun­tain Wheat, Syd’s Ket­tle Corn, Volker’s Bread and sev­eral more.

The Span­ish Fork farm­ers mar­ket will not in­clude crafts or other non­food items.

“One of the big­gest changes is that we’re go­ing to start ac­cept­ing SNAP ben­e­fits this year,” Youd said, re­fer­ring to a gov­ern­ment sup­port pro­gram. “We’ve been work­ing with Tabitha’s Way, the lo­cal food pantry, and dis­cov­ered there’s quite a need for pro­duce for low-in­come fam­i­lies, and we thought this would be a good ben­e­fit for them.”

The Span­ish Fork Farmer’s Mar­ket — open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satur­days, July 29 to Oct. 28 — is to be lo­cated in the park­ing lot be­hind city of­fices, the stately build­ing on Main Street across from the li­brary.

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