A group of local farmers, artisans and cooks have launched an open air market.

The market made its debut last week and organizers plan to keep it going every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for as long as they can.

The market is located in the parking lot of Tractor Supply Co., 510 E. Highway 260.

Christine Turlukis, with the 553 Farm on Mountain View Road, said there were about eight vendors at the market.

Christine and her husband Todd bought a farm in Star Valley roughly a year ago where they planted a large garden and are raising chickens and ducks.

They were talking with Ruben Gurule about selling their veggies at Payson’s Produce, but then Gurule closed the business, at 210 W. Longhorn Road.

Gurule had been working with vendors to set up a market at Tractor Supply and even though he had to close his shop, went forward with the market.

At the June 1 event, the Turlukises sold romaine lettuce, bok choy, mint, homemade dog treats and lotion bars. They plan to have eggs for sale soon.

Gurule, meanwhile, sold Mexican food and other vendors sold decorative items, goat fudge and other homemade products.

“We are trying not to compete with each other,” Christine said of the products offered.

The market is informally run and there is no cost for vendors to participate. Christine said there is room for more vendors and so long as Tractor Supply will have them, they plan to set up every Saturday.

Christine said their farm is open to the public. Anyone interested in picking their own produce or collecting eggs is welcome at 553 N. Mountain View Road. For more information, call 602-501-2893 or visit the 553 Farm on Mountain View Road Facebook page.

Contact the editor at abechman@payson.com

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