FARMINGTON -- Having parents who regularly served up farm-fresh vegetables and fruits for dinner, in addition to tending to their own small home garden, has Jessica Bradbury sowing the seeds for the first farmers market in Farmington.
Farmington hosted its first farmers market Aug. 13 at Station Park, with more than 30 vendors present and several hundred people in attendance.
Bradbury, who is coordinating and managing the effort, and city officials are hoping the bi-weekly Tuesday event that runs through Oct. 22 will grow to become a weekly summer and fall activity in the future.
Having lived in Farmington for 4 1/2 years, after growing up in Bountiful, Bradbury said she could see a need for Farmington having its own farmers market.
"The environment is so fun and creative. We have wondered why a city called Farmington doesn't have a farmers market," Bradbury said of the city known for its rich agricultural history.
The Farmington market includes a host of local vendors selling fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as artists who create jewelry, pottery and baked goods, Bradbury said.
"It is a type of make it or grow it kind of thing," she said of the variety of items offered.
Her husband, Dallas, was a vendor in the Bountiful farmers market. Bradbury said she was convinced such an activity in Farmington was needed and that she is grateful to the owners of Station Park for providing them with a location.
The farmers market is at 200 Station Parkway in west Farmington.
Bradbury said she does not believe the Farmington market will be competing with the farmers market held each Thursday night in Kaysville at the Utah State University Botanical Gardens Center, because they fall on different nights of the week.
The real story is how one dedicated citizen, in this case Bradbury, makes a difference for the right reasons, Farmington City Manager Dave Millheim said.
Bradbury came to city staff, then appeared before the city council asking if the city would consider supporting the event if she did all the legwork, Millheim said.
"To her credit and with the city council's encouragement," Millheim said, Bradbury "talked Station Park into donating physical space in a premium location, obtained vendor commitments and put up some marginal advertising. The rest is history."
Bradbury "is humble about her efforts, but this would not have happened without someone stepping up and filling the need," Millheim said.
"We were pleasantly surprised with the turnout," Bradbury said. "I see it as a fun thing that will just continue to grow."