You gotta come off the river sometime, maybe to refuel, stretch your river legs, or to just take a break before your next adventure down the Snake River. A great place to experience Jackson’s local food and flavor in the summer is to check out the farmers market — Jackson Hole Farmer’s Market and the Jackson Hole People’s Market. Both offer a great opportunity to taste local treats and brews and mingle with some locals on different days of the week.
Jackson Hole Farmer’s Market
In the summer of 2000 local Jim Darwiche had a great idea to get people together and sample the tastes of the Tetons. Sounds great to us because now we have an outdoor market on the Square that offers entertainment, spotlights local chefs, and supports a different local nonprofit each week. The Market is each Saturday from 8am – 12 pm on the Town Square and runs until September 20th. You’ll find a ton of offerings including: fresh produce, herbs, fresh baked bread, homemade pies, locally raised beef, cheese, honey, flowers and more.
Make sure to check out the Chef of the Week booth, where you’ll find a local chef cooking up some tasty treats straight from their restaurant menu. You can even sample some of the food for free.
There is a different musician each week to provide the perfect soundtrack to your local shopping experience. The Jackson Hole Farmer’s Market is a great way to kick off your weekend.
If you can’t wait until the weekend to get your fix for fresh local foods then head over to the People’s Market on hump day at the base of Snow King. The People’s Market runs every Wednesday from 4pm – 7pm through September 17th. The People’s Market enters its 5th year delighting locals and tourists alike with healthy and local offerings of food, beer, and great live music. Make sure to stock up on food or at least enough to get you to Saturday when you can hit the Jackson Hole Farmer’s Market and do it all over again.
After the People’s Market ends at 7pm stick around with the family for free Bike-in movies. The movie dates are August 6th, 20th, 27th and September 3rd, 2014 (dates subject to change every year). Movies to be announced. Just bring a blanket and throw a picnic with the delicious food you just bought. Relax with some local beer and enjoy the beautiful cool summer night.
September 17th offers a twist to the People’s Market with the 4th annual Iron Chef Competition. If you’ve seen the show you know the drill. The contest pits two teams of chefs against each other who must create a unique dish in an hour using local ingredients that are revealed to them just prior to the start. The teams are then judged and one winner is declared Iron Chef of Jackson Hole.
Now you know where to get your fill of fresh, local, and healthy foods in Jackson Hole. Until then, see ya on the river.