Keep it Local at the People’s Market

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The sun is shining, the grasses are green and the farm stands will be laden with local products at the first People’s Market of the summer. This afternoon marks the first Wednesday People’s Market, and will continue every Wednesday through September 17. For the unfamiliar, these events celebrate food and community on a weekly basis with sales by local producers and growers, with local entertainment, beer from local brewing companies and other handmade goods. Stop by Snow King Ball Field from 4-7 p.m. to participate. market

The People’s Market is brought to Jackson by local non-profit Slow Food in the Tetons, with the goal to “connect community with good, clean, fair food.” Visitors to the market can find locally produced food from farmers, ranchers, food entrepreneurs and prepared food vendors. If you’ve picked up the newest issue of Dishing, you’ll notice a particularly thick insert in its pages. This would be the first ever Local Food Guide- a collaboration between Dishing, Slow Food in the Tetons, Jackson Hole Farmers Market, Snake River Brewing, and the University of Idaho Teton County Extension.

We spend a lot of time carefully selecting People’s Market vendors every year with clear selection criteria supporting sustainability and good, clean, fair producer practices. ~Scott Steen, Slow Food in the Tetons Executive Director

The local food guide is a resource for navigating the range of vendors we are fortunate to select from at both the People’s Market and the Jackson Hole Farmer’s Market: every Saturday morning on the Town Square July 7-September 22 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The handy food guide keeps track of these schedules for you, and lists locally grown and made foods and restaurants that source locally. A key at the beginning of the guide will direct you to producers for beef, poultry, bread, pork, lamb, grains, goat products, produce, packaged food, eggs and dairy.market

Visit the stand for Cosmic Apple Gardens to purchase beef, pork, eggs, vegetables, berries, herbs and flowers from the USDA certified organic and biodynamic farm in Teton Valley. At Daily Roots, you’ll find prepared foods that include: raw fermented vegetables, tonic vinegars, dukkah, seed crackers, and more fermented products. Haderlie Farms is a resource for unprocessed milk, cream and butter, beef, pork, honey, vegetables and cut flowers. Arrive early for delicious ice cream to enjoy as you stroll between market vendors. Outside the market, this guide allows you to easily contact these local producers for goods, year-round.market

For two of this year’s People’s Markets: July 11 and August 29, vendors are challenged to Local Food Days. On these dates, every prepared and packaged food vendor will serve a dish or drink utilizing local ingredients. This process brings the People’s Market values full circle, as vendors incorporate local food sources from the farms that surround them at the market.

These are the ways we can support, as a community, each other and our nourishment with sustainable, local food sourcing and events.

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Raised in the land of casseroles and deep fried cheese curds, Sam Simma left rural Wisconsin for the mountains of Wyoming in summer 2012. Her appetite for adventure is the only thing that rivals her passion for food. She has always used writing to document and critique her travel and dining experiences. Her warmest memories among family and friends have been associated with the food that was at the center of the occasion. From staging cooking shows with siblings to perfecting turtle brownies with her dad, today Sam enjoys connecting people over food by hosting cookie decorating parties, wine pairing nights, and Midwest-inspired potlucks. A dessert fanatic, she has come to impress friends and family with key lime pies, Oreo bon bons, and Snickers ice cream cakes that are far simpler than they could ever imagine. Shhh! Don’t tell.

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