OREM -- The Orem RC Willey store will play host to a new farmers market opening this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the store's parking lot at 40 E. University Parkway.
"It's such a busy street, and vendors are looking for a place to sell," said Larry Smalley, general manager of the Orem RC Willey. "We want to give these small businesses an opportunity to make money."
Smalley said the store has invited more than 200 vendors to set up shop for free along the grass berm and in the parking lot's north end. "We've noticed there wasn't a farmers market in Orem, so we invited them to come," Smalley said.
This week's market will feature cherries, melons, corn and honey, as well as boutique and homemade items. Also on hand will be artwork and handicrafts. A free tote bag will be available for everyone who comes to shop as a special gift from the store. As an added bonus, RC Willey will open its doors at 8 a.m. for those who would like to shop inside the store.
The farmers market at RC Willey will continue each Saturday through the end of September. Vendors who would like to reserve their free spot should call (801) 227-8800.
Other farmers markets in Utah Valley:
• Thanksgiving Point and Farmers Market, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way
Fridays, Aug. 7 to Oct. 2, 3 to 7 p.m. through the first Saturday in October
• Lehi Farmers Market at Olson's Nursery, 1133 W. 3200 North
Wednesdays through Sept. 29, 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturdays, Aug. 7. to Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (closed Labor Day weekend)
• Lindon Farmers Market, 60 N. State St. across from the City Center
Saturdays through October, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• The Pleasant Grove Promenade, Historic Downtown Park (200 N. Main)
Thursdays through Sept. 30, 5 to 9 p.m.
Downtown Farmers Market, 500 W. 100 South
Saturdays through October, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Produce, arts and crafts, live music, food and special events.
Spanish Fork Farmers Market, City Parking Lot, 40 S. Main
Saturdays, August through October, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For a list of farmers markets throughout Utah, go to https://utahsown.utah.gov/FarmersMarkets.htm.