Summer farmers' market comes to HerrimanJun 01, 2021 10:47AM ● By Julia Partain
Natalie Rollinson (left) and Denise Christiansen (right) spearhead the 2021 Farmer’s Market in Herriman. (Photo courtesy of Denise Christiansen)
By Julia Partain | [email protected]
What happens on a Monday night in Herriman during the summer? The answer is simple, organic and entertaining: a local farmer’s market.
This summer, Monday nights at J. Lynn Crane Park provide a venue for local growers and vendors to gather and offer a variety of fresh, local produce and goods to the community in conjunction with the Hungry Herriman Food Truck Roundup.
Local growers are encouraged to bring fresh produce and products directly to the public by becoming a vendor at the market. Growers offer fruits, vegetables, a variety of flora, herbs, organics, cheese, eggs, honey, locally made jellies and other types of agricultural products.
Denise Christiansen and Natalie Rollinson, local professionals in the farmer’s market world, spearhead this project and are excited to get the market season rolling.
“We hope to create a good community vibe at the market,” said Denise Christiansen. “This has been an incredible undertaking all for the city and the residents.”
There are plenty of reasons to support a small-town farmers market: collecting fresh produce, supporting farmers and their families and encouraging small local entrepreneurs in the areas of homemade crafts, food artisans, artists and musicians.
“My experience is market and project management,” Christiansen said. “I have been a vendor at markets and I know what people want to share with the community.”
The community of Herriman is ready for this local endeavor. Gardeners that participate in the community gardens are encouraged to bring their extra produce to the market.
“‘Support Local' is the phrase of 2021. It is so important to support everyone in our community and the community,” Christiansen said.
Local kids from Herriman are encouraged to work at the market. The community comes together and gets support from the city.
Support comes in many ways. This year, this market offers SNAP & Double Up food bucks.
“For every $1 someone swipes on their food stamp card, that individual gets an extra dollar to spend on produce,” Christiansen said. “This makes fresh, healthy produce available, reaching all demographics, income and a diverse population.”