Fruits, veggies and tunes add fun to summer at Rifle Farmer’ s Market |

Fruits, veggies and tunes add fun to summer at Rifle Farmer’ s Market

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The third annual Rifle Farmer’ s Market on East Second Street kicks off Friday, and along with fresh, local fruits and veggies, this year’ s shoppers can enjoy live local music as well.

“The music is the major new change this year,” said Helen Rogers, manager of the Downtown Development Authority, which puts on the market in conjunction with the City of Rifle. “We want to have music of some sort every week. It was a request by the community and the vendors.”

Friday’ s band will feature classic rock from Rocking Horse, a band from Silt.

The market will have about 12 vendors this year and feature everything from fruits and vegetables to locally made wine, jewelry, massage and crafts.

Also new this year will be a tent with tastings by the Tasty Tomato restaurant, ice shavings from Icy Treats and craft projects for the kids by the city’ s parks and recreation district.

“We could still use a little more food, though,” Rogers said.

The cost of renting a space for the three-month season at the market is $70. Those interested should contact Rogers at 274-6147.

The market was started after residents listed it on the top of their wish list in a recreation survey taken in 2004. Funds for the Farmer’ s Market come from the city’ s two and a half cent lodging tax approved by voters last year and one cent recreation tax, along with DDA money, Rogers said. The Rifle Foundation will likely be asked to help out this year, too, she said.

The Farmer’ s Market starts June 13 and runs every Friday through Sept. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m.

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