Clear the Air Challenge 2013: The best year yet!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Thanks to more than 8,500 Utahns coming together to make a difference in the state’s air quality, the Clear the Air Challenge for 2013 was the most successful challenge to date!

During the month-long Challenge in July, 1.9 million miles and nearly 170,000 vehicle trips were eliminated, resulting in the removal of 1.6 million pounds of emissions from our air. In doing this, more than $1.1 million dollars were saved in vehicle costs. Those numbers trump all other years’ participation by a landslide–and we have all of you to thank.

“We call this the Clear the Air Challenge, but it really has been the Clear the Air Opportunity,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. “We have over one million residents in Salt Lake County and if every County worker avoided using their car just one day a week 700 tons of emissions would be eliminated from our air each year.  What you do, one day a week or every day, makes a difference.”

The total number of participants, 8,643, represents an increase of more than 2,000 from the previous year. Last year, the Challenge included 6,591 participants who eliminated over 134,000 single-occupant vehicle trips, averting nearly 1.6 million miles driven.

“We are pleased to see such a jump in miles and trips eliminated,” said Jonathan Johnson, chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Clean Air Task Force and executive vice chairman of Overstock.com. “Utahns recognize the importance of clean air to our health and to our economy.  The jump in participation shows that more and more people are willing to do their part.”

Outstanding businesses and teams were recognized for their efforts during an awards ceremony held at the Downtown Farmers Market. You can watch the video below or click here.

Companies
Most Trips Saved: O.C. Tanner with 26,258 trips
1st Place Company: Overstock.com with 1,300 participating employees saving 25,000 trips and eliminating 220,000 miles.
2nd Place Company: Fidelity Investments with more than 500 participating employees saving 8,500 trips and eliminating 227,000 miles.
3rd Place Company: ADP with almost 20,000 trips saved and 187,000 miles eliminated.

Teams
1st Place Team: University of Utah Facilities Management Team who saved 7,500 trips and 63,000 miles.
2nd Place Team: Goldman Sachs who saved 5,300 trips and almost 55,000 miles.
3rd Place Team: MHTN Architects who saved 4,900 trips and more than 41,000 miles.

Individual
Most Miles Saved: Nichole Warren of the U of U Moran Eye Center saved 8,550 miles.
Most Trips Saved: Robert Kent from the U of U Psychology Department saved 582 trips.
Most Consistent (Gold level): Soren Simonsen from the Salt Lake City Council saved 562.
Most Consistent (Silver level): Dennette Nobles from MHTN Architects saved 272 trips.
Most Consistent (Bronze level): Jason Graf from the U of U Facilities Management Team saved 196 trips.

Coverage
Deseret News: Clean air challenge saves nearly 170,000 trips, sets new records 

We thank everyone who participated in July and to our winners who put in so much effort into this cause!

As we celebrate the success of the fifth year of the Challenge, we’d also like to take a moment to see the combined efforts over the past few years. Overall, the Challenge has engaged approximately 20,000 participants, saved over 7.1 million miles and eliminated more than 600,000 vehicle trips.

While this was the fifth year of the Clear the Air Challenge, it was the first that the Chamber was responsible for its operations and we were very glad to have the opportunity to continue on this beneficial program.

So a big thank you goes out to everyone who participated and sponsored the Clear the Air Challenge. Congratulations on making such an incredible contribution to improving Utah’s air quality. But don’t forget that you can implement clean air driving habits all year long! Air quality is an on-going issue that needs to continue to be addressed, and all of us can play our part by driving less.

Businesses interested in doing more, can visit CleanAirChampion.com for more ways to benefit air quality and their bottom line. And Utahns from all walks of life are encouraged to become part of the Utah Clean Air Partnership – also known as UCAIR. Visit ucair.utah.gov to see what you can do in your daily activities to improve air quality.

The Lowdown on the SLC Farmers Market

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

This past weekend marked the beginning of the SLC Farmers Market for 2013–with new extended hours.

From now until Oct. 19, the SLC Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find it in it’s usual home at Pioneer Park (300 South 300 West).

This summer, the Downtown Farmers Market will host a smorgasbord of programs and events, such as Music at the Market, Waste Wise Program, SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Eat Local Week and much more. Each weekend will also feature a different event. For example: this Saturday, June 15, you can come Celebrate Kids with Discovery Gateway while crafting fruit stamps with your children. So bring them along with you!

Don’t miss out on all the fresh produce, artisan cooking and crafts, live music and more this summer at the Farmers Market!

And come August, the Tuesday Market will be back, running from 4 p.m. to dusk. Those of you who work downtown can get all of your fresh produce needs without having to come back on the weekend.

To see a map and a list of vendors available on Market Day, click here. You can also find parking information on the SLC Farmers Market website.

From its inception in 1992, the Downtown Farmers Market has become a summer tradition for Salt Lake City residents and visitors.

Downtown Farmers Market recognized by bon appetit magazine

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The Downtown Farmers Market has received another national accolade and is recognized in the September 2010 issue of bon appetit magazine. Perennial favorites Grandaddy Dean’s BBQ pulled pork, Mama Linda’s chile verde, and wheatgrass from Sunbridge Growers were featured as top ten lunches at Farmers Markets around the nation.

“Congratulations to our prepared food vendors for being praised for their delicious and eclectic fare,” said Kim Angeli-Selin, market manager. “Our market ranks side-by-side with markets in famous foodie cities like San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, Miami and more. Bon appetit!”

During the harvest season the Farmers Market will be abundant with berries, cucumbers, eggplant, peaches, heirloom tomatoes, melons, peppers, sweet corn, squash, pumpkin, cabbage, onions, green beans, potatoes and much more.

The Downtown Farmers Market is open Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 12-Oct. 18 and Tuesday evenings Aug. 3-Oct. 14. The market offers a unique variety of fresh, local flavors.

Downtown Farmers Market: Open Tuesday evenings in Pioneer Park

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The second season for the Tuesday evening Downtown Harvest Market begins Aug. 2 and continues through Oct. 12, 4 p.m. to dusk in historic Pioneer Park. The Harvest Market is a farm-based marketplace during the most bountiful time of the year.

The Tuesday evening market allows commuters who may not visit the capital city on Saturday for the Downtown Farmers Market, downtown residents and regular market shoppers to purchase produce mid-week, supporting community and locally grown and produced food.

There are over 25 vendors at the Harvest Market including Smith Orchards, Star G Natural Beef, Gold Creek Farms Cheese, Mountainland Apples, City Cakes Bakery, Bangerter Farms, Knight Family Honey and Zoe’s Natural Garden.

“The Tuesday Market is a way for the Downtown Alliance to build on the success of the Saturday morning Farmers Market and to create another venue for fresh and local produce in the heart of the city,” said Kim Angeli, Market Manager. “Our long term goal is to have a year-round Public Market where food producers and food lovers meet. The addition of the Tuesday Market takes us one step closer to bringing that goal to fruition.”

The Saturday Farmers Market has grown to capacity and the Tuesday Market establishes an opportunity for new farmers to sell their produce. The smaller size of the mid-week market allows for easy access, convenient shopping—and there is ample parking near the park.

During the harvest season the Farmers Market will be abundant with berries, cucumbers, eggplant, peaches, heirloom tomatoes, melons, peppers, sweet corn, squash, pumpkin, cabbage, onions, green beans, potatoes and much more.

Buy Fresh! Buy Local!

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The Downtown Alliance presents the 18th annual Downtown Farmers Market and Art & Craft Market in historic Pioneer Park. As the state’s largest gathering of growers, the 2010 marketplace is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 12-Oct. 18 and Tuesday evenings Aug. 3-Oct. 14. The market—with over 250 vendors—offers a unique variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods, and local artisans.

“The market provides income to farmers, ranchers and artists across the state,” said Jason Mathis, executive director of the Downtown Alliance. “Some farm families derive as much as half their annual income through the Downtown Farmers Market.”

Weekly attendance is nearly 10,000 and many patrons are drawn to the Market by their favorite vendors. Other shoppers visit to see what’s new, and this year there will be plenty of fresh attractions including a new and spacious layout in the park.

New vendors include:

  • Creminelli Fine Meats: artisan sausage
  • Tulie Bakery: cakes and pastries
  • Nu Nooz: hand-cut, fresh pasta
  • Steven Oliver: bison from Richfield
  • Heritage Valley Organics: poultry
  • SureFire Pizza: wood-fired pizza
  • Naturol Fuels: bicycle-powered smoothies

The Farmers Market is a business incubator. Many vendors who began selling their products at the market (Rico Brand, Bruges Waffles and Frites, Bubble and Bee to name a few) now have brick and mortar businesses, contributing year-round to the local economy.

“Pioneer Park was among Utah’s most vulnerable neighborhoods when the Farmers Market started in 1992,” said Mathis noting that a high crime rate and a concentration of nearby social services created a unique set of challenges for this historic Salt Lake City neighborhood, site of the first encampment of Mormon Pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. “Over the past 18 years several factors have contributed to the area’s tenuous but growing vibrancy. The weekly Farmers Market has been an important economic development tool, injecting vitality into historic Pioneer Park to the benefit of surrounding businesses and local residents.”

Rocky Mountain Power Rocky Mountain Power will help make the Farmers Market more eco-friendly by providing Blue Sky renewable energy to offset the environmental impacts of the market’s anticipated electricity use. This support for the 2010 market provides environmental benefits equivalent to planting 29 trees or not driving 2,500 miles.

Waste Wise Program Utilizing Salt Lake City’s established recycling program, the Downtown Farmers Market will implement a new Waste Wise program. In order to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill each week, vendors will use recyclable materials whenever possible and no Styrofoam is allowed. Farmers Market organizers encourage patrons to bring their own plates and mugs for food and beverages to further reduce waste. On each corner of the park there will be monitored Waste Wise stations, teaching market visitors what can be recycled and what is sent to the landfill.

Special Events Weekly special events offer entertainment for all. Highlights include: “Independents Day” with Local First Utah, The Downtown Dine O’ Round Chef Showdown and more. Music at the Market, presented by City Weekly returns with anexciting roster of local musicians for Saturday serenades, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.. The Viking Cooking School of Salt Lake City will offer instructive and innovative cooking demonstrations throughout the season—all on a Viking range.

The Market will continue to accept food stamps through the EBT Alternative Purchasing Program with the goals to improve accessibility to fresh food for lower and fixed-income consumers, and to increase revenue for farmers and food producers at the Market.

Organizers of the Farmers Market encourage a ‘green attitude’ while visiting and shopping; ride public transportation or pedal your own wheels (secure parking for bikes is available at the Bike Valet). Live green and take your own re-useable bag for convenient shopping…help eliminate plastic bags at the market.

For a complete listing of special events, crop schedule and detailed information visit www.slcfarmersmarket.org.

Gather with the Growers

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010


The Downtown Farmers Market celebrates the opening of its 18th season with the 3rd annual Friends of the Market party. The community is invited to join the Downtown Alliance, Squatters, growers, vendors, artisans and other Market locavores for a festive evening.

Local flavors from Farmers Market food producers like Rockhill Creamery, Tulie Bakery, Happy Monkey Hummus, My Dough Girl, Argentina’s Best Empanadas and many more, live music with Red Rock Hot Club (a gypsy-jazz style guitar group) and seasonal spirits will be provided including award-winning Squatters beer and wine from Moab’s own Castle Creek Winery.

There will be a silent auction with products donated by artisans from the Downtown Art and Craft Market. High West Distillery will offer their Brigham City peach vodka and sharing a new whiskey made from locally-grown grains. Chefs from the Viking Cooking School will be offering demonstrations and preparing appetizers.

Included in the ticket price is a year-long membership to the Friends of the Market program. Guests will receive Farmers Market merchandise, recognition in the Fresh Peaches newsletter, invitations to special events and sincere gratitude from the Downtown Alliance.

When:  Monday, June 7
Time:  5-8 p.m.
Tickets:  $40/single; $75/couple in advance, $50 at the door
Proceeds benefit the Farmers Market.
Location: Squatters Pub Brewery, 147 W. Broadway (300 South)
More information and purchase tickets

The 2010 Farmers Market provides an opportunity for the community to support local. The Market—with over 200 vendors—offers a unique variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods and local artisans.  It is open Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 12-October 18, and Tuesday evenings August-September in Historic Pioneer Park.

The Downtown Alliance is dedicated to building a dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce, and entertainment.