Sep 1, 2011

Farmers Market

by Mel Gardner

With more than 25 booths featuring locally grown produce, baked goods and crafts, the second ever Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market is a popular sight this year.

According to several vendors, more than 300 people visit the market every Thursday.

"My favorite part of this year's market is the wide variety of fresh produce that we have," she said. "We've tried to find farmers who can bring a variety of fruits and vegetables to the market so as not to be overwhelmed with just one product."

Unlike many other farmers markets, the LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market's hours are later in the afternoon, offering those working during normal working hours a chance to explore the market and purchase fresh produce.

"I wouldn't be here if the time wasn't what it is," said Karen Valentine from Orem, Utah.

This was Valentine's first visit to this farmers market and was impressed with the variety of booths.

"I look around and it's local people selling these products," she said. "It's fun to ask [the vendor] where their stuff is from."

Some of most popular booths this year include food such as fresh peaches, garlic, zucchini, homemade honey, jam and multigrain pancake mix. Some of the craft booths sell hair bows, aprons, tie-dye shirts and other items.

"[The LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market] is more like a true farmers market with a lot of varieties of home grown or homemade foods," said Jeanne Lines, owner of a craft booth called Blossoms and Buttons.

There is also a booth where BYU's chef John McDonald hosts cooking demonstrations using fresh produce from the market. His booth is considered one of the most popular to visit where you can try a new item every week.

"My favorite part about doing this every week is taking the fresh produce items, and melding them together to make unique recipes," Chef McDonald said.

Chef McDonalds recipes will be featured in MIX! as the Recipe of the Month. Check back with us every month for a new exciting recipe.

Located in the parking lot immediately south of the stadium, the LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m., ending Oct. 27.

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