JACKSON, WY— You can still eat local, healthy food in the wintertime, thanks in part to Slow Food in the Tetons.
Slow Food in the Tetons hosts another Winter People’s Market this Saturday, March 9. The market is a celebration of food and community and will take place every other Saturday through April 20 from 1-4 p.m. at the Teton County Fairground Building.
By providing a bustling common venue for local growers and producers to sell fresh or prepared food directly to consumers, the market continues the non-for-profit organization’s mission to connect the community with good, clean, fair food.
New this year: both prepared and packaged food and drink vendors are required to include one local (within 100 miles of Jackson) or regional (within 250 miles) ingredient in their products. Signage at each of the vendor booths will highlight the local and or regional ingredient(s) used. “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”, explains Executive Director Scott Steen. “Giving priority to local producers, food products, prepared food with local ingredients, and non-food items supports our Slow Food values.”
Through grants and private fundraising, Slow Food in the Tetons will also begin doubling the value of both Veggie Vouchers and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits at this year’s Winter People’s Market. Through educational programs at St. John’s Medical Center’s, Jackson Hole Free Clinic and One22 select clients/patients who are food insecure and or have diet-related chronic illnesses are awarded Veggie Vouchers. This program helps to make local healthy food more affordable and accessible to those that need it the most. Individuals with Veggie Vouchers and or USDA SNAP Benefits are encouraged to come to the People’s Market to purchase groceries such as meat, eggs, vegetables, bread, dairy, and ferments. These same vouchers can also be used to purchase groceries at Sweet Cheeks Meats and Vertical Harvest.
Residents and visitors alike can experience a wide variety of locally produced food from farmers, ranchers, food entrepreneurs, and prepared food vendors. Walking through the market, one of the first food stops for the grocery shopper might be Vertical Harvest, who grows salad greens, microgreens and tomatoes year-round in Jackson. Further down the row, shoppers can find ancient grain bread made from Kamut and Khorasan and regionally famous cows-milk cheese from Larks Meadow Farm. Another local food stop not to be missed is the Wyoming Local booth, a collaboration between three amazing Star Valley growers, Haderlie Farms, Shumway Farms, and Robinson Family Farm and Ranch.
“Over the course of the last three years, we have seen a growing number of vendor applicants for the Winter People’s Market. More vendors mean a wider variety of local food options for winter shoppers,” says Director of Operations Ashley Cassat. “I am personally excited for grass-fed lamb from Farmer Fred in Lander, Wyoming and raw milk from Haderlie Farms in Thayne, Wyoming.”
There are also dozens of packaged food vendors like Maya Organics with delicious ferments made from local garlic, carrots and onions and Roots Kitchen and Cannery with canned regional veggies like pickled curried carrots. If someone is looking for immediate satisfaction, hot food can be found from vendors like Artisan Melt, selling grilled cheese with local cheese and soup from Glory Bowl Soup Company.
The market also is proud to feature a variety of business entrepreneurs selling non-food items, each with some element of sustainability incorporated in the design or manufacturing of their jewelry and clothing.
2018/19 MARKET DATES (Remaining)
No Market March 23rd (Spring Break)
Winter People’s Market Vendors
Alpine Air Coffee Roasting
Artisan Melt, LLC
Bear Root Bitters
Caldera Prints (Old West Press)
Fish Creek Gardens
Glory Bowl Soup Company
High Country Fungus
Higher Elevation Kombucha
I Love Natural
Jackson Hole Still Works
Jil Green Studio
Killpecker Creek Cattle Company
Lark’s Meadow Farms
Lockhart Cattle co
Purely By Chance Farm
Red House Flowers
Roadhouse Brewing Co
Roots Kitchen & Cannery
Rosemary and Thyme Creamery
Snake River Brewing
Sticks and Stones Cookie Co
The Green Caterpillar
Wild Plants Love You
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