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Purchase meat from Jubilee Family Farms at downtown Farmers Market

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
The fifth annual Men in Heels race is planned during Grand Junction's last farmers market of the season between Fourth and Fifth streets on Colorado Avenue.
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WHAT: Downtown Grand Junction Farmers Market

WHEN: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Third through Seventh streets along Main Street, Downtown Grand Junction

COST: Free to attend

INFO: http://www.downtowngj.org

Jubilee Family Farms, from Olathe, Colo. is the meat vendor at the downtown Farmers Market. It offers humanely processed and grass-fed pork, beef, lamb and poultry.

Karen Jernigan along with her husband, Mark, were in the natural grocery business before raising their own animals.

“It was just a natural progression,” Jernigan said. “We had always wanted to be farmers.”



The family-run farm sells animals by the whole or half, as well as packaged meat as well as through community supported agriculture (CSA). For those who live in the Grand Valley, Jernigan explained delivery options are available if you participate in the CSA program.

Packaged meat is available at downtown Grand Junction’s farmers market every Thursday, from 5:30-8 p.m. Jernigan explained the lamb raised is katahdin dorper, which is a milder-tasting lamb, and they are a hair sheep, which don’t require sheering.



She also added their pigs are from farrow to finish, which means they do all the breeding on site and care for them until they are processed for meat.

FARMERS MARKET WRAPS UP

Thursday, Sept. 24, marks the last downtown Grand Junction farmers market of the season.

As an additional fun event to round-up the summer’s farmers market, the annual Men in Heels race is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 as well on between Fourth and Fifth streets on Colorado Avenue. The move from Main Street to Colorado is for spectators as the course will be longer.

Proceeds from the race benefit Hilltop’s Latimer House, which provides emergency shelter and vital services to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

More than 115 men are signed up to participate on 23 teams. Last year’s event raised $30,000.

“The unique thing is the guys not only run in the event but also they raise the money,” said Mike Green, spokesperson for Hilltop. “That money raised goes straight to the house.”

New this year is McKenzie Dodge will be the guest emcee as well.

To learn more about Jubilee Family Farms, visit http://www.jubileefamilyfarm.com. To learn about the Men in Heels race, visit http://www.meninheelsrace.org.


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