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The Winter Farmers Market is back and will be held every Saturday from January 22 to February 26 at Union Station.

Farmers Market coordinator Zachery Johnstun said people were eager to return after the market went on hiatus due to COVID-19. Photo Credit: Ogden Town Center Alliance

The market first took place in 2018, but went on hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions. “The gap has made people very eager to get out and get back into the community,” said Zachery Johnstun, the community coordinator.

Now, two years later, people are ready to enjoy the winter farmers’ market again and support their local community.

The event organizers took advantage of the two-year gap to tweak and make improvements to the event.

Hallie Van Patten, marketing and public relations manager for Ogden Downtown Alliance, explained that they had researched the weaknesses of the event and found other ways to make it enjoyable by improving certain aspects of the set-up and The advertisement.

This Farmer’s Market is now an authorized Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and Electronic Benefit Transfer program provider.

“For anyone who has a Horizon card or is eligible for this program, you can use that card at the market, then come to the information booth, and we’ll exchange that money for tokens, and you can spend that money like money to the market,” Van Patten said.

This farmer's market will feature 40 local producers/producers, artisans, vendors and artists.
This farmers market will feature 40 local producers/producers, artisans, vendors and artists. Photo Credit: Ogden Town Center Alliance

This farmer’s market will feature 40 local producers/producers, artisans, vendors and artists. As this is a winter market, the variety of produce is limited compared to the fall and summer markets; however, this market provides other local goods to compensate for it.

“We like to have a good balance. We try to ensure that a significant percentage are food vendors; however, this is a time for craft sellers to shine,” Johnstun said.

One such craft vendor is Coffee Links, which will sell coffee and create latte art.

Leon Araujo, owner of Coffee Links, explained that he loves seeing people come to their booth to enjoy the coffee and the art.

Alongside market vendors, the Winter Famers Market is trying something new this year by starting a food truck rotation. Johnstun said there will be two food trucks a day, a new set at each market.

Johnstun explained that the Winter Farmers Market and events like this are a great start for local artists, especially if they are performing at the event for the first time. Community support can help artists get to bigger stages and advance their careers.

The Farmers Market provides a time to support and highlight parts of Ogden that are not necessarily seen at all times. Markets like this help people see just how diverse the Ogden area is. It not only brings the community together; it also contributes to the economy of the community.

“Supporting the local is always important. It’s another way to show that you support your community. It’s another way of seeing your community that you might not see day to day,” Van Patten said.

The Farmers Market provides a place to support parts of Ogden that are not necessarily seen at all times.
The Farmers Market provides a place to support local parts of Ogden that people don’t often encounter. Photo Credit: Ogden Town Center Alliance

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