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Get Ready to Eat Local this Winter

Our eating habits can contribute a lot to our carbon footprint. The process of growing, harvesting, transporting, processing, and packaging food all emits CO2. And the farther away from the farms we live, the bigger our environmental impact becomes. By eating more locally, we support the local economy and protect the environment by cutting down on the time and resources spent producing our food.

But what about in winter?!

Eating fresh and local produce can be harder depending on the season. Indeed, if you look at this seasonal food guide, you can see how the produce availability changes from month to month even in Utah.

Luckily, there are many ways to extend the harvest season and enjoy local food all year round.

Preserving the Fall Harvest

It may feel a little old fashioned, but making your own jams, marmalades, and jellies is a great way to make your local fruit last and reduce your food waste. Preserved fruit can be done in several ways, but a simple jam just requires high pectin fruit and sugar.

If you’re not into sweets, try pickling! You can get started with almost any vegetable with the basic (and delicious!) refrigerator pickle approach.

Preserving fruits and veggies doesn’t have to be as simple as jams and pickles. Depending on your recipe, you can make soups and sauces and other delicious meals from your fresh fall harvest and freeze them until you need a taste of summer to lighten the midwinter mood.

Downtown Winter Farmers Market Logo

Find Seasonal Treats at the Winter Farmers Market

Thanks to the local farmers with greenhouses, cold storage, and hydroponic systems, Utah’s harvest season is a lot longer.  The Downtown Farmers Market is helping extend the season with the Winter Farmers Market!

With many of our favorite farmers from the summer Downtown Farmers Market, the Winter Farmers Market will run from November 9th to April 18th on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm at the Rio Grande Depot.

As we approach the winter, don’t give up on eating fresh, locally grown food!

Urban Food Connections of Utah Brings Local Fare to our City and our Plates


Welcome to SLCgreen Connections, an occasional series highlighting SLCgreen’s fantastic local partners—the people and organizations with whom we work closely to make Salt Lake City a greener, more vibrant, and sustainable city!


by Ardyn Ford, SLCgreen intern and Sophia Nicholas

Salt Lake’s historic Rio Grande Depot houses the Winter Market, an event that brings the city to life every Saturday from November to April. If you haven’t been yet, make a beeline there this week! The market is open through April 21.

Once there, you’ll find tables lined with colorful, fresh produce filling the large hall, while locals bustle around, creating a vivacious energy that stands out against the backdrop of gray days. Read more

Five Quick Tips for a Greener Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, delicious food and great company. Unfortunately this most American of holidays can generate a lot of waste: food waste, disposable plates, plastic utensils and cups, and wasted energy.

Here are five quick tips to reduce waste and focus on the things that matter.

1. An Organic Bird: When it comes to buying the holiday turkey, we recommend buying an organic bird. Look for labels saying, “USDA certified organic” or “No Antibiotics Administered” with a “USDA Process Verified” seal. e2 Business Liberty Heights Fresh offers some great options.

2. Local Sides: Swing by the Winter Farmers Market this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rio Grande Depot to pick up local greens, squash, root vegetables, etc. Also, think about minimizing your use of meat in recipes — vegetarian dishes have a lower carbon footprint. For recipe suggestions, visit our Green Thanksgiving Pinterest board.

3. Durable Tableware: We understand the temptation, but please resist the urge to purchase single-use table settings. After their one use, they go right to the landfill where they take years to degrade (if they ever!) If you’re hosting, ask your guests to pitch in to help wash dishes. If you’re headed to a celebration away from your home, pack up some silverware, plates, and cups (or a water bottle) and bring them along. The extra ten seconds it takes to pack up your own dishes saves landfill space and energy.

4. Creative Leftovers: Thanksgiving dinner is wonderful, but we all know that there is plenty of food left over after the big meal. If you’re planning to take some leftovers home with you, bring along a few empty glass food containers from home, which will eliminate the need for disposable containers. You can also minimize food waste by turning your turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and other foodstuff into innovative leftover recipes. Dispose of spoiled fruits and vegetables food in a compost bin.

5. Compost and Recycle: For those hosting Thanksgiving meals, be sure to clearly mark bins for recycling and composting. This will eliminate the build-up of trash in your home and will keep unnecessary waste out of the landfill.

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Winter Farmers Market Opens this Saturday!



Saturday, November 8th is the opening day of the Winter Market at Rio Grande Depot. Featuring a stunning array of fresh, local produce, grass fed meats, artisan cheeses, and unique packaged foods – this market has it all!  Hours are 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Support your local producers and reap the benefits of fresh, local food. And, of course, remember to bring your reusable bags.  Next market is November 22!

Fruit: Local apples are in season.  Enjoy many varieties including; Rome, Beauty, Johnathan, Fuji, Golden, Red Delicious and Granny Smith.  Also, Asian Pears if you’re not feeling the apple spirit.

Vegetables: sweet potatoes, tomatillos, winter squash, pumpkins, peppers, onions, lettuce, leeks, kohlrabi, eggplant, broccoli rabe, potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, chilis, cabbage, radish, and beets.

Vendor List for November 8

On the Portico:
Amour Spreads
Asian & Heirlooms
Biocentric Bros
Blue Spring Farm
BlueTree Cattle Co.
Canyon Meadows Ranch
Chad’s Produce
Charming Beard
Clifford Family Farm
Crumb Brothers
Drake Family Goat Dairy
Earth First Eco-Farm
Epicurean Chefs
Farmer Next Door
Frisky Fresh Fish
Garden Goodies
Lau Family Farm
Laziz Foods
Parker Farms
Pyne Farms
Red Rock Pistachios
Rico’s Mexican
Riley’s Farm Fresh
Rino’s Italian Heirloom
Salt Lake County Jail
SLC Walnuts
Smith Orchards
Spring Creek Farms
Tequenos Factory
Zoe’s Natural Garden

Upstairs on the Mezzanine:
Beehive Cheese Co.
Beltex Meats
Blue Copper Roasters
Caputo’s Market and Deli
Cheese Bread Mania
Chili Beak
Chocolate Conspiracy
Cupcakes by Kasthuri
Desire Dessert
Good Grains Gluten Free Baking Co.
Grandma Sandino’s Sicilian Sauce
Mamachari Kombucha
Mountain Town Olive Oil
Oolite Cheese Co.
Salsa Del Diablo
Slide Ridge
Sugar House Libations
Terrapin Station
The Queen’sTea
Tulie Bakery
Urban Pioneer Foods
Van Kwartel
Vive Juicery
Vosen’s Bread Paradise
White Lake Farms
Winder Farms

Winter Farmers Market Arrives Nov 9

Farmer's Market

Although the Downtown Farmers Market is in its final days of the season, another farmers market is on the horizon for Salt Lake City residents.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the Downtown Alliance recently announced the arrival of a new Winter Farmers Market that will take up residence in the Rio Grande Depot.

Opening day is scheduled for Saturday, November 9. The Winter Farmers Market will take place every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April 26.

Officials are heralding this as an important step towards a year round market, similar to those seen in Seattle, Portland and Madison, Wisconsin.

Roughly 50 vendors are slated to participate, offering fresh produce, meat, bread, honey, eggs and other items.