OGDEN -- How does your market grow? With brie pies, and body butter, and vendors all in a row.
The number of vendors at the weekly Ogden Farmers Market grows by approximately 50 percent each year, said Saydee Barragan, a farmers market assistant.
New vendors include Spa Secrets 4 U, which sells environmentally friendly handcrafted bath and body products.
Shop owner Poppy Benavides said the farmers market is an appropriate place to sell her products.
"We believe the environment of the farmers market is very compatible with the products we sell. Our products are all natural, eco-friendly and sustainable. Nothing is left behind to pollute our water or clutter up our landfills. The containers our lip balm and body butter come in can be composted at home over the course of two weeks."
Poppy has also created a line of thalassotherapy soaps.
"My handcrafted thalassotherapy soaps are based on ancient Mediterranean spa therapies, which use sea water and sea products to nourish your skin."
Danielle and Adam Smith, the owners of Pretty Smitty Pie Company, joined the farmers market because they love pies and, they say, Ogden does, too.
"We've always wanted to make pies," Danielle Smith said, "and we thought this would be a good place to start -- and so far, Ogden LOVES pies."
She said her crust, made with real ingredients, is what makes her pies unique. When asked about her secret ingredient, she 'fessed up: "Lard ... and love ... and lots of lard."
Pretty Smitty's best-selling pie so far is the blueberry and brie.
Interested in jewelry featuring dead bugs? You might be if you stop by Wings of Hope, owned by Billie Spears. She makes jewelry with butterfly wings.
"My butterfly wings come from conservatories that help endangered and not-so-endangered species. Butterflies only live about two weeks, then we can do something cool with their bodies."
With her earnings from the farmers market, Billie plans to start a nonprofit organization to help parents dealing with child-custody battles.
Another do-gooder new to the market is Lauren Hanson, of Lauren's Nature Cards. Hanson sells hand-made cards and bags in support of Africa Is Life Changing, a humanitarian, nonprofit organization whose ongoing mission is to nurture the value of women and children, according to its website.
"We're selling the nature cards to earn money for our trip to Africa. We will be there for two weeks to teach in the schools that Africa Is Life Changing has built. We're also selling the bags, and all the money goes straight back to women in Africa who are trying to support their families."
Hanson said the purchase of one $10 bag is enough to feed a family for a week.
Bart Christensen, of Terra Ferax Farms, used to take his produce to farmers markets in Salt Lake City but decided to give the farmers market in Ogden a chance, because it's closer to home. "So far, it's great -- very busy."
Most of his vegetables are heirlooms, and he has more than 200 varieties of carrots, most of which, he says with a chuckle, are shades of red.
With well more than 24 new vendors, there's a lot to see at the farmers market.
Barbara Oxborrow, a farmers market assistant, had encouraging words for anyone planning to attend the Saturday market near the Ogden Amphitheater at 25th Street and Grant Avenue:
"It's a lot of fun, and if you get here early, you get the best produce."