CEDAR CITY — During most of the week, it’s just a normal parking lot, but every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. the corner of Hoover Avenue and 100 West in Cedar City fills with tents, tables and people buying and selling locally grown food for Cedar City’s Downtown Farmer’s Market.
There are plenty of the typical foods one expects to find at a market, like tomatoes, eggplant, peaches and herbs, but there are also a few sellers with local honey, jam, meat and large oyster mushrooms.
Vendor Nancy Munier of Stitch ‘n’ Cluck has been selling eggs for about three years. Although this is her first year at the farmer’s market, she’s been on the board for the market for two years now.
She enjoys selling at the market, though she thinks they could use some better advertising to get the word out to people around town.
At home, Munier has 49 animals on her property, which is over an acre, she said, including 32 hens that produce the eggs she sells, eight ducks, two geese, three goats and two dogs.
Melissa Marshall said she comes to the market every week. She gets a little bit of everything, but the food that keeps her coming back every week are the tamales, she said, holding a bag of them in her hand.
“I serve them at dinner parties,” Marshall said.
Caleb Frye is a volunteer for Red Acre Farm CSA – that is, community sponsored agriculture. The owners, Frye said, are at the Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, California, which is a massive collection of food enthusiasts.
Red Acre is a small biodynamic farm, which means it has both animals and plants.
“Animal waste feeds the plants, and plant waste feeds the animals,” Frye said. “It’s a self-containing system.”
Along with the food booths, there’s also entertainment for the kids: there’s singing, chalk and hula hoops, as well as face painting.
Jenny Hatch, entertainment director for the Neil Simon Players, sang for attendees, with selections as fun as “Let It Go” from Frozen and as classic as “My Cherie Amour.”
“We do everything,” Hatch said. “We do musical theater, we do rock.”
Live entertainment was also provided by “The Naked Waiters” and additional members of the Neil Simon Players.
The market packs up after Oct. 7, so there are just a few more weeks to come enjoy delicious food and fun entertainment.
What: Cedar City’s Downtown Farmer’s Market
When: Wednesdays, July 22 through Oct. 7, 4-7 p.m.