Geoffrey McAllister, Deseret News Archive
Christina Yong purchases fresh tomatoes at the U of U's first farmer's market.

SALT LAKE CITY — Taking a cue from Salt Lake City's Downtown Farmers Market, organizers of the University of Utah Farmers Market are adding a "veggie valet" to the weekly market held on campus at the Tanner Plaza.

The market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday, beginning Aug. 29.

“The market was started as a way to increase access to fresh, local produce and raise awareness of health-related campus services,” said Jen Colby, farmers market committee co-chairwoman, said in a prepared statement. “In addition to goods sold by local farmers and artisans, campus garden student volunteers sell organic produce grown and harvested on campus. You can’t get any more local than that.”

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In a new feature this year, customers will be able to store their purchases in coolers provided by University Dining Services until they are ready to leave campus. The so-called "veggie valet" is intended as a way to make the market more accessible to campus community.

"We hope this change makes it more convenient for students, faculty and staff, who may be on campus for hours at a time, to take advantage of the farmers market,” said Katie Hunt, market co-chairwoman.

In addition to the veggie valet, the University of Utah Farmers Market accepts food stamps and provides a secure bicycle valet for riders.