The days are warm and the nights are cool. The snow is gone on the valley floor, but the mountain peaks are still white. It is officially summer in Jackson Hole – the season that many Jackson Hole residents enjoy the most.
Now is a great time to revisit some of your favorite Jackson Hole summer traditions – an evening at the Jackson Hole Rodeo, dinner at the Snake River Grill, or a day boating on Jackson Lake with a pizza and beer at Leeks Marina. Closer to home, if you enjoy an evening bonfire and grilling on the barbeque, the Jackson Hole Farmers’ Market is a fun summer tradition that is not to be missed for Jackson Hole culinary adventures.
The Jackson Hole Farmers Market
Located on the Town Square, the Jackson Hole Farmers’ Market runs from July 5 through the end of September, on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Started by local resident and business owner, Jim Darwiche, this event brings the Jackson community together each Saturday morning. Highlighting locally grown produce and local restaurants, the Jackson Hole Farmers’ Market spotlights a chef each week and even offers donations to a regional non-profit organization. Since its inception, the Jackson Hole Farmers’ Market has contributed over $200,000 to non-profits and generated several hundred thousand dollars in sales revenues for (regional) vendors from Wyoming and Idaho.
Dining Out Jackson Hole Style
If you would rather have a professional chef take the helm, there are many fresh options in Jackson Hole.
An evening at the Snake River Grill in Jackson Hole always provides a great ambiance for a memorable outing. The Grill’s new Chef de Cuisine, Jeremy Grossman, hails from Los Angeles and more recently was Head Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, along with renowned Traci Des Jardiniere as consulting chef.
Grossman’s cooking style uses fresh, local products. He likes to get know the farmers who put hard work into growing their products. “I hear we get people showing up with good products from the Jackson Hole Farmers’ Market at our door,” he said of the Kitchen (is Kitchen supposed to be capitalized ?) at the Snake River Grill. The trend towards using locally grown and organic produce will fit right in with the Snake River Grill’s summer menu.
The Rendezvous Bistro is always a treat for a menu inspired by locally-sourced ingredients. The Bistro also excels at finding the right wine, beer and whiskey to pair with your dining selection. Examples from their menus include Rocky Mountain Rainbow Trout and house-made pappardelle with elk ragout, huckleberries, juniper brown butter and toasted bread crumbs.
The Bistro Deck has a bar-height outdoor fireplace and small tables under market umbrellas creating a welcoming summer dining spot. One of the more popular places in Jackson Hole, you are sure to connect with longtime friends and neighbors at the Rendezvous Bistro.
No matter what your summer dining style, don’t forget to take advantage of each and every summer evening in Jackson Hole. Memories here tend to last a lifetime.