2017 Farmers Market Roundup

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Looking for fresh, local food? Find a Farmers Market near you and support the people in your community producing food. Quick tip:  bring cash and a few reusable grocery bags so you can shop to your heart’s content. 

9th West Farmers Market*
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
June through October, International Peace Gardens, 1060 S. 900 W., Salt Lake City

25th Street Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June through October, 475 E. 2500 N., North Logan

Ashley Valley Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
July through September, 225 E. Main St., Vernal

Benson Grist Mill Historic Site
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
July through October, 325 State Rd. 138, Stansbury Park

Bountiful Farmers Market
Thursdays, 3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
June 11 through October 15, 100 S. 100 E., Bountiful

Brigham City Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 17 through September 30
Bill of Rights Plaza and Box Elder County Courthouse

BYU- LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market
Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
August through October, 213 E. University Parkway, Provo

Cache Valley Gardeners Market*
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
May through October, Logan Historic Courthouse, 199 N. Main, Logan

Cedar City’s Downtown Farmers Market*
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
July through October, Hoover & 100 W., Cedar City

Downtown Farmers Market*
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., June through October
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. – dusk, August through October
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., November through April
Pioneer Park, 350 S. 300 W., Salt Lake City

Downtown Farmers Market at Ancestor Square*
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon
May through October, 2 W. St. George Blvd., St. George

Farm Fest Market – Sevier County
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
June through October, 370 E. 600 N., Joseph

Farmers Market Ogden*
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
June 25 through September 17, Ogden Historic 25th Street, Ogden

Gardner Village Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
July 8 through October 28 , 1100 W. 7800 S., West Jordan

Harrisville City Summer Farmers Market*
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – dusk
August 3 through September 21, Harrisville Main Park, 1350 N. Hwy 89, Harrisville

Happy Valley Farmers Market*
Fridays, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
June through October, 100 E. Main Street, Orem

Heber Valley Farmers Market
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
June 8 through August 31, Main Street Park, 250 S. Main St., Heber City St.

High Desert Growers Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
July 15 through October 31, 100 E. Main Street, Price

Long Valley Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
Mid May through Mid October, 475 N. State St., Orderville

Mapleton Farmers Market
Saturdays 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
July through September, Mapleton City Center, 125 E. 400 N., Mapleton

Moab Farmers Market*
Fridays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
May 5 through October 27, Swanny City Park, 400 N. 100 W., Moab

Murray Farmers Market*
Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
July 29 through October 29, Murray City Park, 200 E. 5200 S., Murray

Park City Farmers Market
Wednesdays, noon – 6 p.m.
June through October, 4000 The Canyons Resort Drive, Park City

Park Silly Sunday Market
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
June 8 through September 21, 900 to 200 Main St., Park City

Provo Farmers Market*
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
June through October, Pioneer Park, 500 W. Center St., Provo

Richmond Harvest Market
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June through Mid-October, 563 S. State, Richmond

Roosevelt Farmers Market
Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
June 22 through September 28, 130 W. 100 N., Roosevelt

South Jordan Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
August 6 through October 29, 10695 S. Redwood Road

Spanish Fork Famers Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
End of July – November, 40 S. Main St., Spanish Fork

Sugar House Farmers Market*
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
June 8 through October 26, Sugarhouse Park, 1500 E. 2100 S., Salt Lake City

Syracuse City Farmers Market*
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – dusk
July 5 through September 27, Founders Park, 1904 W. 1700 S., Syracuse

Thanksgiving Point Farmers Market
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
August through September, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

USU Botanical Center Farmers Market*
Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (dusk)
July through September, USU Botanical Center, 920 S. 50 W., Kaysville

University of Utah Farmers Market*
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mid-August through Mid-October, Tanner Plaza, 200 S. Central Drive, Salt Lake City

Urban Farm & Feed
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Open year round, 8737 South 700 East, Sandy

VA Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
August 2 – September 6, VA Medical Center, 500 Foothill Drive
Lawn and patio outside the Building 8 Canteen.

Wayne County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
May through October, Center and Main Street, Torrey

Wheeler Farm Market
Sundays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
June through October, 6351 S. 900 E., Murray

Year-Round Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon, Year-Round
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., May through October
50 W. Center St., Cedar City

Zion Canyon Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
Late April through Mid-October, 1212 Zion Park Blvd., Zion Canyon

*Markets marked with an asterisk utilize electronic benefit transfer (EBT) machines, allowing Food Stamp participants to use their benefits to buy fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets.

Did we miss a market? Let us know in the comments!

Welcome Farmers Market Season // Tossed Salad with Citrus Dressing

farmers market seasonWarmer weather means it’s farmers market season. Read up on some of the great benefits of shopping at a farmers market, and don’t miss the recipe  at the end!

After an especially long and snowy winter, the opening of farmers markets around the state is certainly a welcome sight. There are many individual, community and environmental benefits associated with shopping at local farmers markets. Markets often offer a wide variety of reasonably priced, high quality fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of their nutritional value. If you receive SNAP benefits, many markets offer a matching incentive program called Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB). For every $10 in SNAP benefits used at the market, you will receive up to $10 in DUFB tokens to spend on fruits and vegetables, making them even more economical.

The produce at farmers markets is often harvested within a couple of days or hours of the market, so the consumer has more time to use it before it spoils. Shopping at farmers markets also helps support farmers in your area, as well as the local economy. On average, food in the United States travels about 1,500 miles to get to your dinner plate, which can have various negative impacts on the environment. Fruits and vegetables sold at farmers markets have generally travelled just a few miles, which means savings in both your wallet and your environment. In addition to these benefits, farmers markets are a fun place to spend a few hours. Many offer free music, games and events for children and tasty food samples. The opening day of farmers markets varies around the state. Check with your local USU Extension office to find the farmers market in your community.

Here’s a great recipe for some of the first items to show up at Utah’s farmers markets. This is a great recipe to add any other fruits or vegetables that look good at the market.

Tossed Salad with Citrus Dressing

Yield: 8 servings.

From eatwellutah.org


  • 4 c. torn fresh spinach
  • 4 c. torn leaf lettuce
  • 2-11 oz. cans mandarin oranges
  • ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 T. thinly sliced radishes


  • ½ c. orange juice
  • ¼ c. lemon juice
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • ½ t. seasoned salt
  • ¼ t. paprika (optional)
  • pepper, to taste


Toss spinach, lettuce, oranges and radishes in salad bowl. Combine dressing ingredients and whisk together until blended. Serve with salad. 

This article was written by Heidi LeBlanc, Food $ense State Director, and Casey CoombsRD, CD; Policy, Systems, and Environments Coordinator, Utah State University Food $ense

Six Exotic Fruits to Try

exotic fruits

You don’t have to go on a tropical vacation to get a taste of exotic fruits. Look beyond the apples and bananas next time you’re at the grocery store, and give these exotic fruits a try.

Unusual Fruits Play

See USU Extension’s Jaqueline Neid-Avila introduce some of these exotic fruits on Fox 13’s The PLACE.

When you go to the grocery store, the first thing you typically see are fruits. Most of them probably look familiar— bananas, apples, peaches, pears, melons and more. However, you may see a few fruits that look a bit unusual, if not exoctic.

These fruits could be kumquats, passion fruit, or dragon fruit, among others. While you may be able to find some of these fresh fruits in your regular supermarket, they are more widely available and affordable at Asian, Latin, and gourmet supermarkets. You can even buy them online! Like more common fruits, these unusual varieties are good sources of Vitamin A, C, potassium and fiber. Since they are not something that you would normally buy, they can be seen as a treat.

So next time you are out buying groceries, check out the unusual fruits selection. Even if their curious appearance may turn some people off from purchasing, remember that mangos and kiwis were once considered to be exotic.

Here are some exotic fruits we recommend, and some ways to eat them:



Longan have a white, soft pulp that surrounds a large black seed. When cut in half, the fruit  resembles an eyeball. It is a small relative of Lychee.



Rambutan have a single seed surrounded by flesh that is grape-like in texture, with a delicate flavor. This is also a relative to lychee, but sweeter and not as juicy.

Longan, rambutan and lychee are all very similar. There are mild differences, so try each one to see which one is your favorite. They can be used to make jams and jellies, or a light refreshing juice.

Dragon Fruit


This is a member of the cactus family and it has a leathery exterior ranging from yellow to bright pink with lime-green spiny tips. Flecked with tiny black seeds, its juicy flesh can be white or red and has a refreshing and light flavor.

The skin is inedible, so peel the dragon fruit or scoop it out of the skin. Dragon fruit tastes refreshing cold. Pair it with banana, berries, and kiwi in a smoothie, or make fruit kebabs, alternating kiwi and dragon fruit. Try broiling kebabs in an oven for 3 minutes.

Passion Fruit


This edible fruit has a sweet-tart flavor and strong tropical scent. The seeds can be eaten with the liquidy center or strained out if you just want the juice.

Since there is only a small amount of golden, jelly-like filling, passion fruit is often used as a filling or flavoring.



Several varieties of guava are available in varying sizes (they can be as small as an egg, or as large as an apple). They can be round or pear shaped, and have rough or smooth skin. Guava can be  yellow, green, red, or purple-black on the outside, with flesh that is pale yellow to bright red. Some guava have small edible seeds, while others are seedless. To eat fresh, guava should be very ripe.

Enjoy fresh, in salads,  or juiced to make jelly or syrup. Guava can also be cooked with meat.



Kumquats look like oval shaped miniature oranges. The skin of the kumquat is sweet, while the inside has a sour, citrus tang. This creates a surprising clash of flavor when the fruit is eaten whole. Nibble the end of the kumquat to taste the rind first. Once you encounter the mouth-puckering juice, you can either continue nibbling cautiously, or pop the whole fruit in your mouth.

Kumquats can be sliced and added to salsa, made into marmalade, pickled or added to meat dishes.

This article was written by Jaqueline Neid-Avila, RDN, CD with USU Extension in Davis County

Wild Rice and Bacon Soup Mix

wild rice soupPrep some wild rice and bacon soup mix for those busy nights when you need an easy dinner. 

Soup Mix Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup brown rice
  • 1/4 cup imitation bacon bits
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon celery flakes
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 1/4 cup wild rice
  • 1/2 cup dried minced onions

Place soup mix in a large soup pot. Add 7 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Add canned or fresh sliced mushrooms if desired. Cover, reduce to low heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until tender.

This recipe was contributed by Suzanne Prevedel, family and consumer sciences educator for USU Extension in Duchesne County

School’s Out: Expand Your Child’s Possibilities this Summer

School's OutThis summer, take your family out to explore where you live.

We live in a great big world full of cultures, places, and people to see and meet.  Are we taking advantage of all that is around us?  The Multigrade Teacher’s Handbook, published by the United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) organization and other collaborators, states, “Children learn by doing, using their senses, exploring their environment of people, things, places and events.”

The more they experience the more they will understand the world.  As they experience new cultures and foods, they become accustomed to things different than they are used to.  They adjust and become more accepting.

Parents and guardians have an opportunity to lead and guide children to become all they are capable of — to help expand their knowledge by introducing new experiences and to nurture social awareness and open mindedness.  How can this be done?  Consider what is in your neighborhood, local communities and other distant places.

Try these ideas for a kick start to your summer:

  • Go puddle jumping.
  • Read a book as a family.
  • Make “thinking of you” cards for a neighbor.
  • Have a new culture-themed family dinner.
  • Garden and weed together.
  • Find a service project and participate in it.
  • Go through old photo albums and talk about relatives and experiences.
  • Try a new restaurant.
  • Visit local parks, especially those you haven’t been to.
  • Visit your local museums, zoos and art galleries.
  • Plan a road trip and make stops at different landmarks or national sites.
  • Plan a trip to a nursing home; share a talent, provide a manicure or just take time to talk with the residents.
  • Take pictures throughout the day of family members’ activities. Put them into an activities picture journal,
  • Take a trip to the state capitol and explore and discuss what happens there. If possible, take a moment to watch a legislative meeting. (They often have the calendar online.)
  • Attend plays, musicals and concerts. You can go to local school productions or professional events. There are often free concerts in the park during the summer. You can even make your own play at home with the family. Children can take turns performing, or you can get together with neighbors and close friends to allow children and their friends to put on a production for the parents and vice versa.

Children given many different experiences not only learn and grow, but become more competent and capable as well. The children’s book The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin is great to read with children and helps open the door to knowing what they can accomplish. (The following is an excerpt from the book.)

“This is the first time
There’s ever been you,
So I wonder what wonderful things
You will do.
Will you stand up for good
By saving the day?
Or play a song only you
Know how to play?
Will you tell a story
That only you know?
Will you learn what it means
To help things to grow?
Will you learn how to fly
To find the best view?
Or take care of things
Much smaller than you?
I know you’ll be kind and clever and bold.
And the bigger your heart,
The more it will hold…
Then you will discover
All there is to see
And become anybody
That you’d like to be.”

What will you do today to learn something new with your child?

This article was written by KJ Lamplugh, USU Extension FCS Program Assistant, Salt Lake County


Emily Winfield Martin (2015). The Wonderful Things You Will Be. United States: Random House Children’s Books

Teachers Talking about Learning – https://www.unicef.org/teachers/learner/exp.htm


Crockpot Calico Beans

Calico Beans

Try this hearty bean crockpot recipe as a side dish at your next barbecue, or as an easy main dish you can start in the morning, and have ready by dinnertime.


  • 1/3 C yellow split peas
  • 1/3 C green split peas
  • 1/3 C dry lima beans
  • 1/4 C dry pinto beans
  • 1/4 C dry kidney beans
  • 1/4 C dry Great Northern beans
  • 2 tsp beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 7 C hot water
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 pound diced ham or bacon
  • 1/2 C ketchup
  • 1/2 C BBQ Sauce


Place beans, bouillon, cumin and garlic powder into crockpot. Pour hot water over mix, add other ingredients and stir. Cook 6 hours on high, 8 hours on low. Can be served as a side or main dish.



This recipe was contributed by Suzanne Prevedel, family and consumer sciences educator for USU Extension in Duchesne County

Paying for College without Breaking the Bank

Paying for CollegeIt’s never too early to start thinking about how you’ll pay for your child’s education. 

According to a study conducted by Nerdwallet, an astonishing $29 billion in free college money was left unclaimed for the 2016-2017 school year. Among those statistics, Utah ranks highest in students who were eligible to receive free money, but missed out on the opportunity simply by neglecting to complete their FAFSA forms. If you or someone you know is preparing to attend college, make sure they know the numerous ways they can receive FREE money to help pay for their educational costs.

FAFSA: First and foremost, it is important to know about the website www.fafsa.gov. It is worth your while to check out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and all the financial resources they offer to help students pay for college. You can begin applying for FAFSA as early as October 1st for the upcoming year using your tax information from the previous year. Make sure you fill it out as early as possible as supply is limited, and be sure you update and reapply for FAFSA each year you are attending school. Send your FAFSA to all the schools you are interested in attending so they can send you their financial aid offers. Students must also include parent’s information on their FAFSA until they are 24 years of age; exceptions can be found at https://fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1718/help/fftoc02k.htm.

Employee Tuition Reimbursement: If you or your children are preparing to attend college, ask your employer if they offer any education benefits to students through tuition reimbursement or scholarships.

529 Savings Plan: These are tax advantaged savings plans that allow funds to grow tax free if used for educational purposes. There are 14 different investment choices that range from age-based options to static options, or customized options. These accounts can be opened by anyone for as little as $1 and anyone can contribute to the account at any point before the student withdraws the funds. For more information about this program, visit www.uesp.org.

Individual Development Account: This 3-1 matched savings program allows an individual to save up to $1,500 and receive $4,500 over the course of a 1-to 3-year period. Funds also grow tax free as long as they are withdrawn for use of assistive technology or educational purposes. There are income limitations and eligibility requirements. For more information, visit www.uidan.org.

Grants: Usually offered through FAFSA, grants are often based on an individual’s financial need. Grants are free money you don’t have to pay back, and the most an individual can receive in Federal Pell Grants for the upcoming year is $5,920. Be sure you apply early and often, as supplies for grant money is often limited and is distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Scholarships: Probably the most well-known form of free money, scholarship eligibility can be based on such things as interests, talents, program of study, grades and community involvement. They are usually offered through schools and universities, departments and cultural and religious organizations. Scholarships are also free money that you don’t have to pay back, and you will never have to pay to apply for one. A few helpful and fun scholarship databases include: www.fastweb.com, www.unigo.com, www.chegg.com, www.cappex.com and  https://stepuputah.com.

Work Study: This payment option is received by employment through the student’s college or university. Work study provides students with flexible jobs that allow them to complete school work during their work hours, or provide more hands-on training related to the student’s field of study. Paychecks can be used to pay tuition, fees, student loans, etc. Income received through work study must be claimed on the follow year’s taxes, but does not count against the student on FAFSA the following year. To apply for work study, mark “yes” on question 31 of FAFSA.

Federal Loans: Only borrow what you need for tuition if you choose to take out student loans to fund your education. Federal loans are offered through the government and there are four main types:

  •      Subsidized loans – These do not begin building interest until the student has graduated from the college or university. They are typically offered to undergraduate students, and repayment plans can be deferred 6 months after graduation.
  •      Unsubsidized loans – These allow interest to begin accruing from the moment the loan is signed. This means students will essentially be paying interest on interest once they graduate from school. These loans are typically only offered to graduate and professional students.
  •      Direct Plus loans – These are loans taken out for a student by a parent.
  •      Direct Perkins loans – These loans are offered through specific colleges and universities. They are usually based on financial need, and supply is often limited.

Private Loans: Again, only borrow what you need for tuition if you choose to take out student loans to fund your education. Private loans are offered through banks and other financial institutions. They are typically less flexible with repayment options, but offer all the same options as federal loans and do not require the completion of FAFSA.

This article was written by Kirstin Kvam USU Extension Finance Program Coordinator, Salt Lake County





Menu Planning Around Farmers Market Selection

Menu Planning Farmers MarketHow do you plan your weekly menu and shop at your local farmers market, without knowing what exactly you might find there? Follow these tips to help you plan a more flexible menu, and and take advantage of the fresh local produce at the farmers market.

Farmers markets are known for offering an ever-changing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Although variety is a benefit of shopping at local farmers markets, it can be difficult and overwhelming to come up with a menu for the week without knowing beforehand what will be available. Yet, being flexible allows you to choose the produce that looks the best and is offered at a good price.  Below are some tips for planning meals around the unpredictable availability at the farmers market.

  1. Reverse your menu planning schedule. Shop at the market first, then build a menu for the week based on what you purchased. This will also help ensure that you use what you bought, reducing food waste.
  2. Plan the non-vegetable portion of the meal, and then add the vegetables after seeing what looks best at the market.
  3. Have a general sense of when different fruits and vegetables are usually in season and  available. Plan your menu with at least two different options and then buy the one that is offered at the best price.
  4. Bring your menu to the market. If there is something that looks great, but isn’t in your plan revise your menu on the spot to incorporate it.
  5. Include some meals that use a wide variety of produce in like stir-fry, soup, or omelets.
  6. Be open to making last minute substitutions to your favorite recipe. Here are some ideas of fruits and vegetables that are good substitutions for each other.
Recipe calls for Try this instead
Apples Pears, grapes, cherries
Beets Radishes, turnips, rutabaga, potatoes
Blueberries Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, pitted cherries
Broccoli Cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts
Cucumbers Zucchini, celery
Zucchini Yellow squash, patty pan squash, eggplant
Potatoes Carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, rutabaga, turnips
Spinach Kale, Swiss chard, bok choy
Onions Shallots, leeks, scallions
Peaches Nectarines, plums, pears

This article was written by Heidi LeBlanc, Food $ense State Director, and Casey CoombsRD, CD; Policy, Systems, and Environments Coordinator, Utah State University Food $ense, 

Graduation: Creating a Roadmap for Your Future

Grad Road MapYou’ve walked in your cap and gown, now what? Whether you are a recent graduate or parent of a graduate, here are some tips to help you or your child look to the future with greater confidence.

Graduation is as much an opportunity to celebrate the end of a chapter of your life as it is to celebrate the start of a new chapter.  Depending on your personality, you may have the rest of your life planned out or you may not know what to expect even in the next week.  Life doesn’t always go according to plan, but without any plans or goals you may never move forward.  Where do you see yourself one year or even five years from now?

The book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss is a great metaphor of what choices a graduate has before them and what the future may hold.  The following quotations are taken from the book.

Make a Plan, Narrow Your Choices

“Congratulations! Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!  You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

So what direction will you choose?  Will you get more schooling? Will you travel? Will you start your career? Will you start a family? There are so many options, but which is right for you?

It is wise to make plans because they help you succeed and reach your goals. Start by making a list of the options you want to consider, then write down the pros and cons to each.  Where do you see yourself in five years?  Having a bigger picture will help in narrowing down choices.  What will help you reach your goals?

Sometimes it comes down to just making a decision and seeing if it works out.  If it does, and things line up in your favor, that could mean you are exactly where you need to be.  

Dead Ends

“…Except when you don’t.

Because, sometimes, you won’t

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true

That Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you…

But on you will go though the weather be foul.

On you will go though your enemies prowl…

On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far

And face up to your problems whatever they are.”

Let’s be honest, sometimes you reach a dead end, and things don’t work out. It is very likely you will face some of the greatest trials in the next couple years.  You may reach some deep lows emotionally or physically.  What do you do when it seems like everything is going against you?  This isn’t a cure all, but it’s worth a shot.  Refocus your life on the things that bring you joy.  Trying these 5 Positivity Power-Ups might help. Furthermore, when facing serious challenges you can almost always count on the counsel of those wiser and more experienced.

Success is In Your Future

“So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact

And remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act…

And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed!

(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)”

Don’t let distractions pull you from you goal of success.  Creating a road map or vision board can help you stay on track.  The intention of a vision board is to help you visualize where you are going—the key is you need to take action along with it.  Keep in mind that visions can’t become reality without doing.

Create your own visual road map:

Step 1: Find a base/background – This can be a poster board, picture of a road, etc.

Step 2: Decide how you will organize it – Will you organize it into a timeline of your life?  Will you group things into different aspects of your life? Do you want to include a place that allows you to record your progress?  You don’t just want the goal, you want to include how you will get there.

Step 3: Fill your vision board – You can find magazine pictures or draw your own.  It may be beneficial to write out specific goals or milestones you want to reach.  What are your strengths, what are weaknesses you are striving to overcome?

Step 4: View it – You can either put it in a prominent place in your home where you can see it every day or you may want to keep it somewhere private and pull it out on occasion to check in on where you are at.

“Kid, You’ll Move Mountains! …

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting.

So… get on your way!”

-Dr. Suess’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

By KJ Lamplugh USU Extension FCS Program Assistant, Salt Lake County.  Bachelor in Family and Consumer Sciences


Dr. Suess, (1990). Oh the Places You’ll Go!. United States: Random House Children’s Books.

Ask an Expert // Graduation Gift Ideas and Ways to Say Thank You

GraduationWondering what to get that graduating guy or gal in your life? We’ve got some great ideas for you.

16 Gift Ideas for your Grad

It’s graduation time, and announcements will soon be arriving in mailboxes. Graduation often brings the question of what you can do for or give to graduates to help them take steps toward their future. Here are some gift ideas to get you started:

  • A toaster, blender, waffle iron or panini maker.
  • Wireless headphones or speakers.
  • A bean bag or banana chair.
  • A label maker.
  • A new journal to document all the experiences ahead.
  • A recipe book of favorite family recipes.
  • A gas card or car wash punch card near where they will live.
  • Car supplies, including oil, washer fluid, filters, air fresheners, window shields or an emergency car kit.
  • A new printer, since they are continually changing and becoming better.
  • Gift cards to favorite stores and restaurants where they will live.
  • An office supply kit for college or a future job.
  • A college survival kit, which can include things such as cleaning, kitchen or bathroom supplies, towels, bed linens or necessary treats and food items.
  • Work out equipment based on what they like to do, such as a yoga mat, pull up bar, adjustable dumbbells, free weights, etc.
  • Creative money crafts. One idea is to put money in place of chocolates in a chocolate box with a note that says “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” Thecraftyblogstalker.com is full of many ideas for crafty money gifts.
  • Games are great for social events and stress relief. Board or card games such as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Ultimate Werewolf, Uno and Phase 10 are good options. You can also check out Google’s top 10 best-selling games.
  • Books. One idea is to have friends and family sign the book with encouragement or advice. Great books for graduates include:
    • Be Happy! A Little Book for a Happy You and a Better World by Monica Sheehan
    • Reach for the Start: and Other Advice for Life’s Journey by Serge Bloch
    • What Do you Do with an Idea? By Kobi Yamada
    • How Big is the World? By Britta Teckentrup
    • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Suess
    • Yay, You! Moving up and Moving on by Sandra Boynton
    • The North Star: Ask Yourself Where It Is You Want to Go… by Peter H. Reynolds
    • The Treasure by Uri Shulevits
    • Only One You by Linda Kranz
    • Little Tree by Loren Long
    • The Knowing Book by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Say Thank You

Now advice for the graduate: Don’t forget to say thanks! Ideas include:

  • The traditional hand-written letter, which is a classic way to thank others. This may be the most appropriate for grandparents and those who appreciate the tradition.
  • An e-mail. This is a very informal option but is still a great way to share feelings of gratitude.
  • A visit. For those living near enough, you can make a trip to say thank you in person. This is a great option for staying connected.
  • An e-card. ThankView is one that allows you to make personalized videos to send a thank you message to friends and family. Many other options are available.


By: KJ Lamplugh, Utah State University Extension family and consumer sciences program assistant, kirsten.lamplugh@usu.edu


The Crafty Blog Stalker: 20 Ideas on How to Give Cash for Graduation Gift – http://thecraftyblogstalker.com/20-ideas-on-how-to-give-cash-for-graduation-gift/

ThankView – https://thankview.com/