The Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market returns to Logan on Saturday May 11 and will run until mid-October. Mary Ann Hubbell and Mary Laine have both worked with the market for many years and said they continue to get excited for opening day.
“We are going to have 70 vendors on Saturday,” Hubbell said. “I remember the days when we were lucky to have 35. Now, there are days when we get over 90 vendors.”
Hubbell said that she has seen the market change a lot over the years as it moved from behind Chuck-A-Rama to Merlin Olsen Park and then to Willow Park. Since 2015, the Gardeners’ Market has been located by the Historic Cache County Courthouse.
The Gardeners’ Market is a 501©(3) nonprofit and this will be the second year that the market is involved with the Double Up Food Bucks program.
Double Up Food Bucks increases low-income shoppers’ purchasing power for fruits and vegetables while supporting Utah growers. The program is intended to incentivize low-income families to eat more healthy food, to help local farmers to gain new customers and for more food dollars to stay in the local economy.
A family using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, receives a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $20 in free Double Up Food Bucks to spend on fruits and vegetables.
“Lat year we matched up to $10 and it’s really neat to be involved with this program in Logan,” Hubbell said. “This is part of a USDA grant and Utahns Against Hunger.”
Hubbell said that helping families eat healthy, locally grown food is important to her.
“Gardeners’ markets help to sustain communities, sustain farmers and sustain families,” Laine said. “Our market works well with the county and the location helps us gain lots of exposure.”
Hubbell said that because Logan is more “agriculturally-minded” the Gardener’s Market has more freshly grown vegetables than other markets in the state.
“It’s great because you get to know your local farmers and you are engaged in the process unlike if you just went to the grocery store,” Hubbell said. “The market is a meeting place. We have music and great company and you really can connect with all the vendors who are local.”
Unlike one-time or annual events in Logan, Hubbell said that the market is nice because it goes for almost half of the year.
“It’s great to have a place you can go to each week and eat great food, meet artists and farmers and just have fun,” Hubbell said.