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Downtown Salt Lake City's Winter Market Opens Saturday

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TheDowntown Farmers Market is moving to inside the Rio Grande Depot starting Saturday morning.  With Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market ending its 21st summer season at Pioneer Park, the Downtown Alliance is leveraging its success into the new indoor venue to become The Winter Market.

“You know, we’ve sort of hand-picked our most popular and best vendors that can produce throughout the winter. So there’s about 50 vendors whereas during the downtown market you know there’s closer to 200,” says the Downtown Alliance's Nick Como.

He says there won’t be any arts and craft vendors but the Rio Gallery and the Utah Division of State History are also housed in the space and free to the public. He also says there will still be plenty of vendors supplying fresh products through the winter including root vegetables, apples, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.

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Salt Lake City's Downtown Alliance Winter Market Poster

“…more of those year-round things like local cheese. I think about four creameries that are going to be there. Bakeries, which is also available locally, year-round…some great local natural meat vendors that have beef, lamb, pork…,” Como says.

He says the long range plan is to eventually have a permanent space dedicated to The Winter Market. The event runs every other Saturday through April from 10 am to 2 pm.

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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