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Winter Market Season 2016-2017

We’re at the Winter Market in the Rio Grande Depot, hosted by the Downtown Farmers’ Market on the following dates. Join us these Saturdays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM!

November 5, 19
December 3, 17
January 14, 28
February 11
March 11, 25
April 8, 22

Big Saturday!

Powder & Presents

August 2016 Update

Zero Waste Day at the Downtown Farmers Market!

Downtown Farmers Market

Downtown Farmers Market

Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market
Pioneer Park

Bring your reusable bags, growlers and our bottles back this Saturday and participate in the zero waste initiative. We don’t believe in throw away or single use packaging and we’ll have a special thank you for those that return bottles or purchase using a reusable bag!


Return to the Wasatch Front Farmers’ Market at Wheeler Farm:

Wasatch Front Farmer's Market

Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market

Wasatch Front Farmers’ Market
Wheeler Farm: Sunday  8/7, 14

The first two weekends of August, Park Silly Sunday Market is on hiatus to make way for the Tour of Utah and Kimball Arts Festival Events. Please join us for a relaxed event at the lovely Wheeler Historic Farm.

See you on Sunday in Wheeler Farm. #wffm

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Tuesday Harvest Market returns in a new location. On August, 9; join us at the Gallivan Center for this season’s Harvest Market.

Tuesday Harvest Market

Tuesday Harvest Market

Tuesday Harvest Market
Gallivan Center
4PM – Dusk

Holidays filled with gratitude – Returning to ACE Holiday Sale

We return to our roots this Saturday at Alta Community Enrichment’s ACE Holiday Market on Saturday, December 12, from 2 – 7PM at Our Lady of the Snows Center.
Our first public debut was at this event in 2011 and we are very excited to join a very talented, and supportive group of friends from the Alta and Snowbird communities of LCC. We recall, with deep thanks, the encouragement and warm reception we received along with the joy of presenting alongside some incredible handcrafted gifts and arts. A percentage of the proceeds supports ACE and the many programs they host for all that work and recreate in the canyon. Treat yourself after a great day of skiing or riding and enjoy an intimate setting for great food and gifts.

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Park Silly, our first major summer market, is offering a holiday gift bazaar this weekend. We won’t be there, but stop by the Park City Marriott to round out your holiday list. We learned the ropes of outdoor markets with these fine folks and love what they are doing. Our most recent market addition is the Wasatch Front Farmers Market, run by another talented lady from the LCC family and they are running a holiday market at the Holladay City Hall this weekend also, unfortunately we can’t be there – but you can.

So, Friday, Holladay City Hall. Saturday, Our Lady of the Snows Center. Sunday, Park City Marriott. Right?

Don’t Miss This! Final Summer Markets

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As the summer farmers market winds down, make sure you visit some other fantastic vendors we love!
Van Kwartel Selections at Downtown Farmers Market – Pioneer Park
Asian & Heirlooms
Earth First Organix
Epicurean Chefs
Garwood’s Ginger Beer
Amour Spreads
Beltex Meats
Bitters Lab
Bubble and Brown Bakery
Sugared Caramel Candy
Frida Bistro / Rico Brand
Pasta Locale
Moore Bread
Cupcakes By Kasthuri
Grandma Sandinos
Proof Pawsitive
Urban Pioneer Foods
Cheese Bread Mania
The Hive Gallery
Olio Skin
Dottie’s Biscuit Barn
The Bagel Project
Van Kwartel Selections at Wasatch Front Farmers Market – Wheeler Farm
Many of our favorites from Downtown will be here also, with a few additions.
Keep it Real Vegetables
Urban Farm and Feed
Bee Smooth Skincare
Tamales Tita
Smoke a Billy

Magic in a bottle

Van Kwartel Flavor Science Pepper SaucesOur bottle is not only beautiful, it is an embodiment of generations of family values.

When the family emigrated from the Caribbean, glass bottles were not manufactured locally in the abundance we have today. Like many immigrant families of that era, they would be completely unfamiliar with today’s throw away culture. Every type of packaging brought into the home would be re-purposed and reused in as many iterations as creativity would allow. Careful mending and repairs applied when needed and when broken beyond repair, reimagined as the building blocks for something new.

A beer bottle would hold the latest batch of pepper sauce, a jelly jar would house homemade preserves, and when chipped beyond that use morph into containers to organize screws and nails in grandpa’s workshop, hold notions in a sewing box, or nurse an avocado seedling. We honored this tradition by carefully selecting our packaging to be durable, reusable, a reflection of our cultural heritage and commitment to bring you freshest and most delicious sauces, marinades and spice blends.

We were the first local food company to use these bottles in Utah; they’re expensive but worth it to us because you’re more likely to reuse it in your home. If you don’t want to keep the bottle, we sterilize and reuse them and give you $1 off your next purchase. This summer, our customers have already kept more than 350lbs of glass out of the waste stream.

What is a Pepper Sauce?

What is a Pepper Sauce?

Pepper Sauce is a Caribbean style hot sauce.  These spicy condiments are made in small batches from the freshest ingredients available.  Thicker in consistency than sauces we are accustomed to purchasing in stores, a little goes a long way.

Our sauces are made fresh each week without preservatives or additives and should remain refrigerated to preserve that special taste.  Shake well, as there are no emulsifiers in our sauces.

Special Edition Pepper Sauces are made with locally grown chilies while the varietals are producing and in season. Our latest, Purple Tiger’s Claw, features Purple Tiger and Hot Portugal peppers from Earth First Eco-Farms and Purple Cayenne Peppers from Mololo Gardens.  We thank them for their long standing commitment to bring delicious, healthy produce to market.

How would I use it?

Red, Green and Orange Pepper Sauces: add a few drops while cooking to add depth of flavor to your meal, or after cooking for full strength heat.  Mix with sour cream, yoghurt or mayonnaise to achieve the level of heat you desire in a spicy spread.

Jerk Marinade: coat your meats, game, poultry, fish, tofu or vegetables with a thin layer and cook. Reserve a portion of the marinade for use as a sauce after cooking.
Sofrito: enjoy with chips like a salsa, use as tradition states to flavor your rice, bean and vegetable dishes. Marinate delicate flavored shrimp, seafood, fish or chicken breasts before cooking. Add to soups and stews before serving to add bright, fresh flavor.

Sofrito: enjoy with chips like a salsa, use as tradition states to flavor your rice, bean and vegetable dishes. Marinate delicate flavored shrimp, seafood, fish or chicken breasts before cooking. Add to soups and stews before serving to add bright, fresh flavor.

City Weekly: Downtown Farmers Market Finds

We’re one of the picks at the market featured in City Weekly:

“The Van Kwartel booth is always a bit intimidating for me each week and I admit I had yet to try it before now. I can not handle spicy and I am a complete baby when it comes to pepper seeds. There are six marinade and sauce blends and each of them features a very striking color. I tried a dip of each on tortilla chips and I have to say that they are bursting with flavor. The Jerk Marinade, one of my favorites, had some great sweetness to it and a close second was the Green Pepper sauce, which was the perfect amount of hot. There was only one sauce that I could just not handle, The Ghost Fire Pepper Sauce. The name of it almost burns to say and tasting it is even tougher. Luckily, they did have a salsa-like product called Sofrito to cool down my mouth. I had never tried Sofrito but it was definitely my favorite dip/sauce because it was fresh, chunky, and soothing…”

We’re psyched to be mentioned along with our friends at Grandma Sandinos and Proof Pawsitive.