Inflation and supply chain issues hit Utah farm markets

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SALT LAKE CITY – You can add Farmers Markets to the list of places where inflation and supply chain issues continue to take their toll, especially on vendors.

It may be a far cry from the sights and sounds of your local grocery store, but the impacts of rising costs on wallets, shelves and pumps are increasingly being felt in places like Lehi Farmer’s Market. .

“The effect is just crazy. And it literally impacts everything we do. Everything we do,” Dorothy Durrant said.

Durrant sees the impact every week on her farm, where she hosts the Lehi Farmers Market. She opened it two years ago when most places were closed to in-person businesses, to help struggling small business owners during the pandemic.

“It’s been kind of an oasis for a lot of people because it was normal life here.”

Today, those same suppliers are grappling with shipping delays and rising costs on everything from ingredients to gas to product materials. Durrant said she and her husband had to start charging for their tractor rides due to the rise in diesel fuel.

“You’re helping the local economy when you shop here,” Durrant said.

Wes Fisk and his family are among the regular vendors who set up shop in Durrant’s barn every Friday and Saturday. They sell handmade jewelry and handicrafts.

“This is our main gig here,” Fisk said while working on a wristband.

Fisk admitted it has been difficult the past few months. Difficult to get hold of the right materials in a timely manner. And “with the cost of everything going up, it’s definitely harder to stay lower on price.”

Others like Heather Hansen feel it too. She said “everything has changed” since she launched Crimped Bakery a year ago, baking and selling homemade pies in her kitchen.

Lately, as the price of flour and other ingredients has risen, she is hesitant to expand her business. And the struggle had her wondering, “Where is this going to go and how long can I do this and still make a profit?

“And when do I have to pass these costs on to my customer? »

Durrant knows the vendors who pass by his farm. And she says, “everyone is a little worried about what’s going to happen tomorrow.”

But no matter how high inflation goes tomorrow or next year, Durrant said the Farmers’ Market will be closed for small business owners and the community.

“We keep doing it because it’s just a little oasis for people to come,” she said.

“The nice thing is that the community comes forward and helps support,” Fisk said.

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