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The Legacy of Ogden’s Farmers Market

Every Saturday during the summer, the Farmers Market transforms Historic 25th Street in Ogden. The street comes alive with the smell of good food, the sight of colorful produce, and the sound of live music. Visitors can sample and buy fresh produce, baked treats, and handmade goods.


A History of Community Togetherness

Artists and local craftspeople set up stalls, while local musicians perform for spectators. The market brings summer to life for Ogden residents, offering some of the best produce grown in Utah.

The Ogden Farmers Market was officially established nearly three decades ago by Dan Musgrave of Downtown Ogden, Inc. This initiative saw success throughout the years and played a significant role in revitalizing the downtown area. Initially managed by Downtown Ogden, Inc., the market transitioned to the management of Ogden City, which continued to support and grow the market. In 2016, the Ogden Downtown Alliance took over the management and production of the Farmers Market. 

Historic Buildings on 25th Street.

However, the tradition of selling produce and handmade goods on 25th Street dates back to the establishment of Ogden in the late 1800s, shortly after the arrival of the railroad in 1869. The influx of people turned the street into a lively commercial hub where locals flocked to 25th Street to get the goods and wares they needed. 

Farmers and craftspeople from nearby areas would bring their fresh produce, meats, and homemade goods to sell directly to the townspeople. Using horse-drawn carts and wooden stalls, they capitalized on the constant flow of visitors and workers, making 25th Street a central marketplace. Despite the street’s rough reputation, it was always a hub of commerce where local farmers and artisans could connect with the community, ensuring that the tradition of selling local goods has deep roots in Ogden’s history.

Growth through the Years

Since its official inception, the Ogden Farmers Market has grown significantly. What started as a few fruit stands now includes over 100 vendors and stalls. The market has adapted to meet the community’s needs, expanding its offerings to include artisanal goods and prepared foods.

The largest market runs from late May through mid-September, transforming Historic 25th Street every Saturday morning from 8 am to 1 pm. From late September to mid-October, the Fall Market celebrates the harvest with seasonal specialties every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm on the 300 block of Historic 25th Street. Held indoors at Ogden Union Station from early to late February, the Winter Market offers winter produce and holiday decor from 10 am to 2 pm every Saturday.

Supporting Local

The Ogden Farmers Market plays a crucial role in supporting local farmers and artisans. It contributes to the local economy and fosters community spirit through various events and activities, such as live music and art displays. The market supports livelihoods, fosters a sense of community, and promotes sustainable growth.

“Attending Farmers Market Ogden as a small local gourmet mushroom farm marked a significant milestone for us and we received invaluable encouragement from the community to continue expanding,” said Alivia Matchett, owner of Mystic Mushrooms. “The experience of harvesting early market mornings and directly selling to our local consumers is unparalleled.”

Farmers and craftspeople often face challenging times, struggling with limited opportunities to sell their products and reach their customers. Having a marketplace where local food and goods can be bought and sold is vital to Ogden’s economy. It not only supports the livelihoods of these small-scale producers, but also fosters a sense of community, encouraging residents to invest in and support their neighbors. This kind of marketplace creates a sustainable cycle of growth and prosperity, ensuring that local agriculture and crafts can thrive even in the face of economic hardships.

“It’s truly inspiring to watch our community come together every week,” says Jessica Anderson, marketing and communications manager with the Ogden Downtown Alliance. 

“Seeing local vendors set up their booths, families participating in morning yoga, and the lively interactions between neighbors makes all the hard work worthwhile,” Anderson said.

The busy Farmers Market on 25th Street.

Surviving Challenges

Over the years, the Farmers Market has faced various challenges, including economic downturns and the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these obstacles, the market has continued to thrive, adapting to new circumstances and finding innovative ways to support vendors and engage the community. 

Beyond the market, visitors can enjoy other attractions on Historic 25th Street, such as local shops, restaurants, and cultural and artistic sites like Union Station and The Monarch Hotel. Additionally, other events hosted by the downtown alliance like the Harvest Moon Celebration and the Historic 25th Street Car Show provide even more reasons to explore and enjoy a day in Ogden.

As Anderson puts it, “Whether you’re here for the fresh produce, the artisan goods, or the lively atmosphere, there’s something for everyone.”

Feature Image: Fresh produce on 25th Street in Ogden. All photos courtesy of Visit Ogden.

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