Slow Food in the Tetons’ Winter People’s Market changes location

JACKSON, Wyo. — Slow Food in the Tetons’ biweekly Winter People’s Market has found a new home this season: The Lodge of Jackson Hole Conference Center.

The first market of the season is Saturday, December 21 at the Conference Center on 920 W Broadway. The market is a celebration of food and community held every other Saturday through April 25 (except March 28), from 1–4 p.m. It provides a space for local growers and producers to sell fresh and prepared food to consumers. The Winter People’s Market, brought to you by Wind River Capital Management, is one of many Slow Food in the Tetons programs continuing the organization’s mission to connect the community with good, clean, fair food.

The Winter People’s Market, previously held at the Teton County Fairgrounds Building, will now take place right off of Highway 89 thanks to a generous donation from Brent and Shelby Belote. With its modern aesthetic, natural light, and central location, The Lodge of Jackson Hole Conference Center “will take the market to the next level,” says Slow Food Director of Operations Ashley Cassat. “We are so excited about this year’s venue which provides a larger space for accommodating more local vendors, additional space for people to sit and enjoy lunch, and an area designated for kids activities. We are hoping to create a fun environment where visitors can come and spend their Saturday afternoons.”

Continuing its dedication to sustainability, Slow Foods requires all prepared and packaged food and beverage vendors 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.”

Residents and visitors alike can experience a wide variety of locally-produced food from farmers, ranchers, food entrepreneurs, and prepared food vendors. Whether you’re looking for salad essentials from Vertical Harvest, Jackson’s year-round indoor greenhouse, or an artisan Goat Cheese from Victor, Idaho’s own Winter Winds Farm, you can find it at the People’s Market. Looking for local grass-fed beef? This year will include plenty of local beef options from Lockhart Cattle Co., Mead Ranch, Killpecker Creek Cattle Co., and Haderlie Farms. In addition, there will be a dozen packaged food vendors including some familiar names such as Maya Organics with delicious ferments and Custard Mustard with her crowd pleasing mustard. If all that shopping is making you hungry, hot food can be found on-site from vendors like Consider it Taco, Glory Bowl Soup Company, and LA Fiera Streetfood. 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.

Going on its second year, Slow Food in the Tetons will also continue to double the value of both Veggie Vouchers and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Through educational programs at St. John’s Medical Center, Teton 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.

2019/20 MARKET DATES (every other Saturday except 3/28)

December 21
January 4
January 18
February 1
February 15
February 29
March 14
No Market March 28 (spring break)
April 11
April 25

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