Colorado’s Grand Valley farmers markets open for season
Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Mesa County Fairgrounds (2785 Highway 50, Grand Junction)
Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Redlands United Methodist Church (527 Village Way, Grand Junction)
Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Downtown Grand Junction (Third through Seventh streets on Main Street)
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Fruita Civic Center Park (325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita)
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Downtown Palisade (Third and Main streets)
Farmers markets across Colorado’s Grand Valley kick off in June. Fresh, local produce and small-batch craft foods will be available along with crafts.
DOWNTOWN GRAND JUNCTION
Downtown Grand Junction’s farmers market currently has more than 10 farmers signed up and 70 booth spots, including Field to Fork CSA, The Produce Peddler and Z’s Orchard. The market started Thursday, June 18, and it spans Third to Seventh streets on Main Street every Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
“We are focusing on local artists and farmers,” said Robin Brown, event organizer. “It will be a big, healthy farmers market.”
Many booths The first few markets may be smaller, Brown explained, but as produce becomes available, more farmers will show up.
Brown is particularly excited about a booth by Butter Sweet Farms, which makes skin care products from goat milk.
Music is also set to play each week spanning the four blocks. Per city ordinance, no pets are allowed at Downtown events. The last farmers market is Sept. 24.
For more information, visit http://www.downtowngj.org.
For folks who live in Orchard Mesa, Whitewater or south of Grand Junction, a new farmers market opened June 16 at Mesa County Fairgrounds (2785 Highway 50, Grand Junction). It will run every Tuesday (except June 24 and July 14) from 5-8 p.m. until Sept. 29.
According to event organizers, more than 20 booths have already registered. Booths include local farms, art and food. Farmers are welcome to set up a booth for free the first year. Music will be held each week as well.
“Orchard Mesa is growing, especially towards Whitewater,” organizer Shawna Demers said. “It will make it easier for them to come in and get fresh produce.”
Demers, who creates metal artwork, wants the market to be welcoming to area artists.
Pets are allowed on leash to the event.
For more information or to sign up for a booth, call 970-250-7344.
Palisade opened its farmers market on June 14 and will run every Sunday through Sept. 20 in downtown Palisade (Third and Main streets). So far, more than 70 booths are confirmed weekly, including Aloha Orchards, Z’s Orchard and Decorative Metal Art Works. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Each week a chef will also host a demonstration from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the plaza (corner of Third and Main streets).
From 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m., a band will play on the stage, including Dualakoo, Shea Bramer, Destinee Reed and Lincoln Pants Band.
For more information, visit http://www.townofpalisade.org.
Fruita’s farmers market is set to start Saturday, June 20, at Civic Center Park (325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Vendors include regional and non-regional produce, farm-raised meats and eggs, cheeses, wines, artists and more.
According to event organizers, the farmers market is almost at capacity with close to 45 booths filled.
“We try to bring in as many local vendors as possible,” said Frank Ladd, event organizer.
Each week will also feature background music from Gigi Love, Tim Brown, No Outlet and more.
“We hope it gets bigger and better with each year,” Ladd said.
For more information, visit http://www.fruitachamber.org.
Since Safeway in the Redlands closed, Redlands United Methodist Church will host a farmers market every Wednesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. It is located at 527 Village Way in Grand Junction. It will run until Sept. 17. It currently has six vendors, including one produce vendor. In the coming weeks, event organizers hope more will attend as produce becomes available.
“There isn’t a lot of produce yet, but we hope to see it grow each week,” said Cheryl Holbeck, office manager for Redlands United Methodist Church.
If interested in having a booth, visit http://www.redlandsumc.org under the “current events” tab to sign up.
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