The Market's Farmers | Part I

8/22/2013 | Amy Tibbals
Corigan Kushma

Chad’s Produce

We're obviously pretty proud of our city. There are a thousand varied events and happenings for our inhabitants that have popped up over the last few years, and each marks another small step toward becoming the diverse, outdoorsy, creative capital of the whole wide world. One such amazing happening is SLC's Downtown Farmer's Market. It's been around for 20 years now, and each year sees more and more vendors peddling local goods straight into our reusable totes. For just that reason, the COLLECTIVE's Corigan is launching a little series that'll introduce you to some of the market's farmers. You know, the growers and makers and bakers and such that comprise our rad community market. First up: Chad's Produce.

Chad's is located on the north side of the park. If you need more specific directions, no problem: just look for all the hand-made "No Spray" signs that surround a vibrant array of stunning produce. The Midgleys have been farming for 15 years...the good way. Although their produce doesn’t have the ‘organic’ sticker and tag-line, they farm responsibly and never spray pesticides on their produce. Marian Midgley says they've chosen to do it this way for years, knowing both the personal and environmental benefits to growing 'healthy produce for healthy eating'. She tends to the farm chickens herself, scooping up their 'fertilizer' to properly nourish growing produce. “The chickens are our pets," she says, "they are loved and have a forever home at our farm, even after they stop producing eggs.” In fact, her self-described efforts on the farm are therapeutic...the most rewarding work she's ever done. Obviously, with heaps of joy and effort going into the veggies, it's no surprise they taste so super. Insider tip: Chad is known for his lemon spinach -- you'll likely not return to the original after a try. We strongly suggest it.

Chad's Produce | SLC Farmer's Market, each Saturday & Tuesday | Facebook

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