New Roots, a national program of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) with a robust set of programs in Salt Lake City, is excited to announce the opening of its second farmers market in Salt Lake County, located in South Salt Lake’s Central Park (2797 South 200 East). The New Roots Farmers Market at Central Park, made possible with the support of a Farmers Market Promotion Grant from the USDA, will run every Tuesday from 5-7:30pm until September 24. Additional funds from USDA not only allowed for the creation of the newest market at Central Park but also provided essential resources to expand the existing Sunnyvale Farmers Market in Millcreek’s Sunnyvale Park (4013 South 700 West).
The New Roots Farmers Market at Central Park offers Utah’s statewide healthy food incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks. With this program, customers shopping with their SNAP benefits card are eligible to receive up to $20 in market tokens that can be used to purchase Utah-grown fruits and vegetables. The program works by matching SNAP benefits, dollar-for-dollar, up to $20 per market day. This means low-income households are receiving $40 of fresh produce each market day for only $20. Both markets operated by New Roots offer this incentive as well as over 20 other farmers markets across Utah.
Produce sold at the new Central Park market and the ongoing Sunnyvale Farmers Market is grown by refugee farmers who participate in the IRC in Salt Lake City’s New Roots Farm Incubation program. Refugee farmers in the program grow and sell culturally relevant produce to the neighborhood’s largely refugee and new American populations. The farmers specialize in growing specialty crops: common in countries around the world but difficult to find and grow in the United States. Both the New Roots Farmers Market at Central Park and the Sunnyvale Farmers Market provide an avenue for local refugee farmers to sell their produce, develop marketing and business skills, and give back to the community.
In addition to fresh produce sold through a farm stand, the New Roots Farmers Market at Central Park will include a food pantry and kids activities operated by Promise South Salt Lake. During the market, free dinner will be provided to children through the Utah State Board of Education’s summer food program at Head Start. Recreation leagues will also be practicing and playing games on the nearby softball and soccer fields. The market will offer the wider community, both refugees and existing populations, the opportunity to access fresh produces and increase the nutritious options available to them within walking distance.
A special thank you to the Salt Lake Community for supporting New Roots and making these programs possible! Learn more about the IRC in Salt Lake City’s New Roots programming, including both farmers markets, by visiting Rescue.org/NewRootsSLC.
If you want to volunteer or donate to support our food access initiatives like the farmers markets, email us at SaltLakeCity [at] rescue.org.