As a program of New Roots at the International Rescue Committee(IRC), the Sunnyvale Farmers Market (SFM) is an affordable fresh food resource in Salt Lake City, UT. The market operates every Saturday, from the third weekend in June to the second weekend of October. The market features locally grown produce and culturally relevant crops familiar to the high population of refugee and new Americans in the area. The Sunnyvale Farmers Market welcomes the Salt Lake Valley to enjoy the inclusive market atmosphere and try something new, with vegetables and vendors selling food from countries around the world.
SFM participates in Double Up Food Bucks which offers a discount to customers who shop with their EBT cards (formerly known as food stamps/SNAP). Sunnyvale Farmers Market will offer a $30 match incentive for the 2020 market season.
Customers shopping with their EBT cards can stop by the token booth when they arrive at the market. Market staff are there to help exchange SNAP dollars for farmers market tokens and match the amount a customer intends to spend up to $30. For example: when a customer chooses to spend $20 from their EBT card, they will receive an additional $30 in Double Up Food Bucks to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables.
In addition to the New Roots Farm Stand, the Sunnyvale Farmers Market features local vendors, a food pantry, free kids lunch, nutrition classes, and kids activities. The Sunnyvale Food Pantry distributes primarily unprocessed food staples, while supplies last. The food pantry is operated in partnership with Bishop Storehouse. The Sunnyvale Pantry also partners with The Green Urban Lunch Box to offer locally gleaned fruit at no cost, throughout the summer.
Can be found here:
- Sunnyvale Farmers Market
- Saturdays 11-2pm
Salt Lake City, UT
- 4013 S 700 W
- Salt Lake City, UT 84123
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The Sunnyvale Farmers Market began in 2011, as a small farm stand selling locally and refugee grown produce to visitors of the Horizonte School. In 2013, the farm stand moved to Sunnyvale Park and over the years has grown into a multi-vendor community wellness resource for residents of the Sunnyvale neighborhood and the Salt Lake Valley.
The park and its surrounding neighborhoods are located in what the United States Department of Agriculture considers the largest food desert in Salt Lake County, meaning there is limited access to fresh food for the neighborhood’s residents, many of whom are low-income. The neighborhood is also home to a high number of refugee and immigrant residents whose limited access to fresh food is compounded by the lack of access to culturally appropriate foods; both problems the Sunnyvale Farmers Market is designed to address.
The market has always held a commitment to offering affordable fresh vegetables to EBT recipients by exchanging SNAP benefits for tokens and increasing customer’s purchasing power through market incentives. The market is also a place for new businesses to practice selling their products and where families can come to access the food pantry, educational resources and activities for kids and families to engage in productive play.
The Sunnyvale Farmers Market is a part of New Roots SLC, which is the refugee farm incubator and community garden program of the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City.