Come to the North Salt Lake Vendor Fair for food, shopping and a bit of funMay 09, 2022 09:52AM ● By Kerry Angelbuer
Enter the Foxboro North neighborhood and drive through the roundabout to arrive at Legacy Park, the site of the newly named North Salt Lake Vendor Fair. Last year it was called the Farmers Market, and farmers with their locally-grown produce are still welcome. The fair starts at 3 p.m. every Monday and runs through the fall.
The running trucks dominate the atmosphere offering a variety of choices that may take the whole summer to sample, including rolled ice cream, fully loaded quesadillas, fire roasted pizza and street tacos. Marcy Ostrowski and her family sell footlong, hand-dipped corn dogs and breaded, fried pickles among other fried delicacies. “The fried Snickers and Milky Ways are both absolutely wonderful,” she said. “My favorite is the Milky Way because it is hot, gooey, melted happiness in your mouth.”
Sizes of food trucks vary, with the smallest being a cooler pulled by a bike where a family with children sell ice cream on a stick.
The vendor tents also have a varied array of goods to browse. Lu Rasmussen was tending a booth for her granddaughter, Hope, who makes a variety of homemade dog treats and styling bandanas for canine companions. Another booth offers homemade children’s clothes in soft, comfortable material.
Don’t Ruffle my Feathers booth, features multi-colored eggs for sale offering cream, olive, green and brown eggs of differing sizes with all proceeds going toward autism treatment. A scrapbook of the laying chickens and their roosters was displayed. Andrea Simmons spoke warmly of her large flock of chickens and her son Scotland who suffers from autism. “We sell fresh farm eggs from our backyard and all the proceeds go to help children that have therapy needs,” said Simmons. “We are trying to increase the amount of workers in the field and help families that don’t have insurance or the money to get their children into the office to get the clinical necessities that are so needed for these children.
“I take care of the chickens cause healthy chickens provide healthier and more nutritious eggs,” said Scotland.
“We have families that come do therapy sessions with our chickens, whether they want to feed them or hold them,” said Andrea. “Sometimes they just want to find the eggs. We have field trips from the school that come to learn about chickens, and we provide eggs for the classroom to hatch and then they come and see the adult side and figure out who the mom was and who the dad was. The special needs kids come and spend time with them.”
Andrea also described her son’s prescribed emotional support chicken named Elle. “She has been to school,” said Andrea. “On the first day of school which was an emotional stressor, she came with a harness, and everyone knows her name. When he has gone to get certain things done like a nose swab for COVID she is in the car with him.”
As his mother talked about how much she loves her feathered friends, Scotland sat nearby waiting for his chance to go purchase a fried pickle.
The fresh produce, locally grown, will come later in the summer as the growing season continues. Warm weather will also multiply the vendors and their visitors as this old tradition with a new name continues in North Salt Lake. λ