For more than 20 years, Cody people have been able to purchase fresh produce once a week during the summer.
Now having two farmers markets each week, locals have two chances to buy locally.
The Big Horn Basin Farmers Market is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Park County Complex parking lot.
“This (Big Horn Basin Farmers Market) has been going on for about 23 years,” market director JR Megee said. “It was started by local farmers and producers who needed to sell their leftover items.”
The Big Horn Basin Farmers Market offers fresh produce, baked goods and meat, such as lamb, beef, pork and yak. A new addition to this year’s market is milk.
“The state of Wyoming has made milk-sharing legal,” Megee said. “We will be having milk-sharers at our markets now.”
The newer market, Cody’s Downtown Farmers Market, is 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays in the Bob Moore Memorial Parking Lot, Beck and 13th, next to Whole Foods Trading Co.
“We started at the beginning of June and each week the market keeps growing,” Whole Foods Trading owner and market director Kay Chandler said. “We have art, crafts, music, baked goods, produce and meats.”
The markets are separately managed and are a part of the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign.
Both farmers markets run June-October.
Megee, also the president of the Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association, believes the “produce supply in Cody is horrible.”
“The produce has been gassed so it ripens up in the stores,” Megee said. “Locally grown food has more nutrients and is just so much better for you.”
Both market directors support each other and have tried combining but it “didn’t work out.”
“Having two markets in town gives people another chance to get produce if they’re unable to get it on Thursday,” Megee said.
Chandler has owned Whole Foods Trading since January 2010 and has started a nonprofit organization called Whole Foods Trading Community Partnership.
“The market is one of the projects we have been working on under the nonprofit organization,” Chandler said. “We have other projects we do through it, too.”
Although the markets are run separately, some vendors sell at both.
Megee said he recently has opened up his market to youth vendors.
“We have one young man who ties flies and sells them,” he said.
Vendor memberships to both markets are $50 for the season.
If interested in selling, email Megee, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Chandler, 587-3213.