Rifle gets fresh with Farmer’s Market
RIFLE – Cherries, apricots, raspberries, squash, beet greens and garlic were just a few of the fruits and vegetables for sale at the first Farmer’s Market in Rifle, which opened Friday evening on Second Street.The market is being held every Friday from 4-8 p.m. through Sept. 29.Some of the vendors, such as Z’s Orchard in Palisade, also sell their produce at the markets in Glenwood Springs.”We’ve worked (Rifle) into our schedule,” said Richard Skaer, who owns the business with Carol Zadrozny and Kendra Zadrozny.Skaer and Carol Zadrozny are both retired teachers and now spend their days farming their orchard and garden.”I’ve been farming for 30 years,” Skaer said. “I’m what you call a ‘sundown farmer.’ But we like this because we get to meet people and we give them a good market.”Across the way is Carter’s Smoked Salmon, where owner Rick Carter of Silt hands out salmon samples on crackers.Carter sells his meat to the Rifle Butcher Block on Third Street, which suggested he participate in the farmer’s market as well.”I’m looking forward to this,” Carter said with a smile. “I’m in it for the long haul. Last year we did Silt Heydays and Rifle’s Apple Pie Days.”Carter sells farm-raised Atlantic smoked salmon for $18 per pound and Sockeye smoked salmon from Alaska for $25 per pound. He also offers smoked salmon sandwiches.Jean Kohler of Rifle, a vendor for Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. had a variety of products for sale, including nuts, dried fruits, chocolates, yogurt-covered candy, beef jerky and gift baskets.”I’ve been doing this for three years from Rifle to Eagle and Vail to Parachute,” she said. “It’s more visibility for my business and it’s fun to get to know people.”The farmer’s market is being sponsored jointly by the city of Rifle and the Downtown Development Authority. Vendor applications are still available through the Rifle Recreation Department by calling 625-2151.
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