Friday, June 20, 2014

Five Fantastic Finds At The Downtown Farmers Market

Posted By on June 20, 2014, 4:36 PM

It is now officially farmers market season, which means week after week of fresh produce, locally made crafts and the best excuse to get up early on a Saturday. Even though there's enough qualities goods to shake a handcrafted artisanal walking stick at, checkout our five favorite finds from week on of the Downtown Farmers Market. ---

Laziz Middle Eastern Spreads 

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A vendor that produced something absolutely delicious and had me blocking everyone's way trying to taste more middle eastern spreads was Laziz. You have your choice of three wonderful dips. Their hummus is oil free and creamy and it's the most hummus-y hummus I've ever had, which is true. Laziz also makes Toum, which is a zesty garlic condiment that can go on just about anything. My personal favorite of all three was the Muhammara, a red pepper spread that tastes similar to bean dip with a similar consistency  but a lot more spice. This spread had me searching for nearby tortilla chip vendors on the spot. These dips range between 5 and 9 dollars. Laziz also sells clever Hummusexual t-shirts for $20, 15 % of which goes toward Marriage equality. These spreads are also sold at the downtown Harmons Neighborhood Grocer year round, which is fantastic news for me. Laziz-Foods.com


Salty Noodle

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Salty Noodle is one of the more unique and interesting vendors I came across, creating pasta with local vegetables and herbs. Their pasta is so packed with flavor and fresh ingredients, they don’t even need sauce or spice! A flavor I was proud to buy was The Whole Enchilada made from black beans, cilantro and fresh jalapeños. After hearing it was the owner's favorite, I couldn't leave without it. The Devil’s Garden attracted my eye because of its saucy name and after hearing that it's made from fresh rosemary and cracked black pepper, I had to buy myself some of that as well. There's even a gluten free pasta at Salty Noodle, the Gluten Free Goblin, which is made from fresh spinach. Their 10 oz. noodle packages start at $8 each and must be refrigerated but can also be frozen. Salty Noodle uses local, seasonal ingredients in their pasta and their menu is updated weekly. They can be found at the Farmers Market every other weekend beginning June 14th. SaltyNoodle.com


WoofWare

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WoofWare is a local business centered on dressing man’s best friend in style. WoofWare creates very distinct dog collars and leashes for each and every dog out there using only the highest quality materials. The materials include UV- resistant heavy duty polyester, nylon webbing and woven ribbons, but what I love most about them is that they’re even machine-washable! An option for your sassier puppy would be their Diva Dog Collar line, which include big, handmade nylon flowers attached to the collar. For the more Eco-friendly animal, WoofWare makes a line of collars recycled  from old bike tire tubes. The booth features wall-to-wall hangings of what appears to be hundreds of dog collars it can seem a little overwhelming at first, but after finding my own puppies' sizes I went collar-crazy and bought a pink one with little dog bones on it! The collars range in size from small to extra large and start at $12. Each can be paired with a matching leash or key ring. All WoofWare products are made by hand in Sandy, Utah. WoofWare.com


Exotic Peru Jewelry 

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Exotic Peru offers handcrafted jewelry inspired by owner Cynthia Wainscott’s home country, Peru. Wainscott imports interesting nick-nacsk and supplies from Peru such as keys, leather, coins and lace bows to create accessories that are striking and peculiar.  Stepping under her tent is also an experience in itself. The necklaces are draped over busts that seem to be made out of paper mache' texts and  many of her pieces are also draped over miniature wire mannequins. Her tent is reminiscent of an archaeological find! It was like stumbling onto a treasure of lost relics. Exotic Peru produces jewelry that while outside the realm of generic accessories, still remain feminine and beautiful. Wainscott now operates out of Kaysville, Utah. ExoticPeru.etsy.com


Wyomatoes Organic Farm 

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When approaching the vendor, their friendly nature and pride in their product certainly brought a smile to my face. The gentleman behind the table tied up his dreads, rolled up his sleeves and cut up a cucumber right off the stand to offer me a sample that was fresh, juicy and delicious. Wyomatoes is an organic farm located in Big Piney, Wyoming. It was named of course for their home state and their gorgeous giant tomatoes, which were $5 a pound. They started as a one story green house that was crafted by hand, and have since moved into two, three story green houses! I could really taste the love in these organic veggies. If you can't make it to Pioneer Park, their produce is available at Wholefoods  from April to December. www.facebook.com/Wyomatoes

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