JACKSON, Wyo. — This year, Slow Food in the Tetons has expanded its winter market offerings with the reintroduction of in-person People’s Markets as well as the continuation of the weekly Online Marketplace. The winter People’s Market events were last offered in 2019, prior to Covid, and the organization, as well as local food producers, are pleased to see it return.
The first market is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 18 and will be followed by a series of monthly events held in the lobby of the Center for the Arts, 1-4 p.m. The markets will feature a variety of farm and ranch products, as well as the characteristic blend of packaged and prepared foods, beverages, artisans, and music familiar to summer patrons. Additional dates include Saturday, Jan. 8, Sunday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, March 6.
“We are thrilled with the growth of year-round, local food offerings,” said Scott Steen, Executive Director of Slow Food in the Tetons. “This will be the first winter in which we run both in-person People’s Markets and the Online Marketplace. It’s a remarkable achievement in this climate and a testament to the farmers, ranchers, and producers who supply our local food network.”
Slow Food’s weekly Online Marketplace began in 2020, in response to COVID, and continues to successfully operate year-round. This winter’s ordering period is open Mondays at noon through Tuesdays at 6pm. Items include local and regional produce, beef, lamb, pork, dairy, bread, jams, sauerkraut, soups, and prepared foods. Selections vary as the season progresses, so each week offers different options. Order pick up is on Thursdays, 1-5 p.m., at the Farm Stand next to Twigs Nursery.
Some producers and products are available both online and in-person, and others are specific to one platform. “It’s exciting to see the variety of local food available during the winter season,” said Mari Allan Hanna, Communication and Outreach Manager for Slow Food in the Tetons. “We’re encouraging shoppers to enjoy both the convenience of weekly, online ordering and to also take advantage of the opportunity to purchase directly from farmers and ranchers at the in-person events.”
The December People’s Market will feature twenty local vendors. Shoppers can expect to see fall/winter season produce, including onions, carrots, beets, and cabbage from local producers like Canewater Farm and Haderlie Farms. Lark’s Meadow Farms will be offering cheese, bread and other baked goods. Ranch vendors include Mead Ranch selling local beef and Late Bloomer Ranch, a summer favorite and first-time winter vendor, selling pastured pork and eggs and hoping to introduce wool products from their new flock of heritage breed sheep.
Visit tetonslowfood.org for more details and to place an order. The pre-holiday People’s Market is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 18, 1-4 p.m. Participants are asked to follow posted COVID guidelines which follow Teton County health orders and to consider carpooling, walking or riding with START to the Center. Additional parking is located in the public parking garage at Millward Street and Simpson Avenue.
For more information or to get involved with the Slow Food in the Tetons visit www.tetonslowfood.org, or follow via Facebook and Instagram.