Urban Food Connections

Urban Food Connections of Utah is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about local food, regional food producers and Utah’s proud agricultural heritage.

UrbanFoodConnections Logo WebSmallThrough a series of programs, workshops, and events, we help communities incorporate more local and whole foods into their daily menus, support regional farmers and food producers by assisting with direct marketing and sales opportunities and provide educational resources to farmers and food producers.

These efforts bolster support for sustainable farming practices and increase year-round availability of locally and sustainably-produced food for our communities. We strive to build a passionate community around local food and to create dynamic community gathering places, social interaction and sense of place while connecting urban dwellers and consumers with local farmers and food. We support alternative outlets for consumers of all income levels to buy nutritious foods in an atmosphere conducive to the exchange of information and ideas between producers and consumers. Through these efforts, Urban Food Connections of Utah educates the community about our region’s bounty and those who labor to produce it.

Please support Urban Food Connections of Utah through our programming and with your financial support.

History of the Downtown Farmers Market

The Downtown Farmers Market was created in 1992 by the Downtown Alliance to introduce positive activities to Pioneer Park — a 10-acre green space notorious for criminal activities. Since the early years, the neighborhood, the Market and the local food movement have flourished. Our program has expanded to include the following markets, open on nearly 50 days each year in the Pioneer Park neighborhood:

  • Downtown Farmers Market and Art & Craft Market (Saturdays, June - October)
  • Tuesday Farmers Market (Tuesdays, August - October)
  • Rio Grande Winter Market (Saturdays, November - April)

Our vendor mix represents more than 100 farms and ranches from within 250 miles of Salt Lake City and includes sellers from 16 counties in Utah. In addition to farm goods, you will find handmade, locally-produce food, beverages and crafts. Our motto is "Make it, bake it, grow it", and you will find that our vendors have passion and pride for the products they bring to Market. Some of Utah's iconic food businesses started at the Market, and each year a selection of our vendors make the leap from market stall to brick-and-mortar retail business.

The Markets provide an excellent venue to help us achieve our mission, but our programs reach beyond Pioneer Park. We have our hands in canning classes, food preservation demonstrations, farm tours, pop-up markets, plant sales, brown bag lectures. If local food is on the agenda, you will likely find us there.

The mission of the Market is to support sustainable, regional agriculture; to build community gathering places; to increase access to nutritious, local foods in urban areas; and to educate the consumer about shopping local. With your support, we can achieve those goals and make sure our community always has full plates of delicious, local food.