OGDEN -- Paul Tribe said the half-acre he gardens in Farr West will fill up his sales table at the Ogden Farmer's Market all summer with beets, squash, garlic, potatoes and fresh basil.
It's already been a good year. His table at Saturday's opening day of the market groaned with produce. "They like the hot weather, as long as we can keep them wet," he said.
Tribe was one of 180 vendors of food, vegetables, fruit and art items at the market, which filled the Ogden Municipal Park and ran down both sides of Historic 25th Street.
Saydee Barrigan, the market's coordinator, said she was glad to see so many farmers and growers like Tribe who already had produce to sell.
"Last year they were almost going to go to the grocery stores to buy stuff to sell," because the cold, wet spring kept most small gardeners from being able to grow much.
"The produce has been great this year because they have it," she said.
She said this year's market has expanded to include coffee, pizza, "and we even have a scone shop this year, and an ice cream truck."
The United Way of Northern Utah has set up a booth where people who use the Horizon Card can purchase $1 tokens to buy fresh produce. Nikki Lovell said the goal is to help people using food assistance buy fresher and healthier foods while supporting local growers and businesses.
Tribe said he likes to have variety in his produce and the whole market was a reflection of that.
A man played a long wooden horn across from a stand selling fresh bread. A nearby booth offered "Wild Bill's Seasoning" with the sales pitch to "try it on everything."
Other booths offered "Fizziwigg's Original Fizzy Drink," turnips the size of softballs and mounds of glistening deep-red cherries and jars of homemade elderberry jam.
Tribe said he'll be getting carrots, bell peppers, pickling cucumbers and string beans as soon as they're ripe.
The market will run every Saturday through the end of summer.