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Saturday market has new location

Samantha PalGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Glenwood’s Saturday Farmers Market is plowing ahead in a new location, offering ripe delights like cherries, peaches, apricots, watermelons, tomatoes, squash, spinach and more.The market has moved to the Rite Aid parking lot, and it seems to be a nice fit.”It’s better over here,” says “Banjo” Joe Creek of Palisade’s Forte Farms. “We’re not hidden over here.”Forte Farms has a spread of bright red cherries, Palisade peaches, apricots, and tomatoes bigger than a baseball.Soon they will offer peaches of the PF #12 and Redhaven variety, Creek says. In August they will have freestone peaches, which means the peach doesn’t stick to the pit as with clingstone peaches.

Those peaches are better for canning, says Creek.As a customer gives Creek her produce, he weighs it on the scale, exclaiming, “Over a pound, yee haw!”Creek has been farming since 1972.”I was 21, and I didn’t know any better,” Creek says.It’s a blessing and a curse at the same time, but probably more of a blessing, says Creek.After all, he does get to eat a lot of fresh fruit.

Creek says sometimes it’s hard, like when there is a freeze. In the past he’s had to take on extra work pruning trees to get by.But when asked what it’s like to depend on nature and the weather, Creek says, “It’s easy. God does most of the work. You just have to trust God and let him provide.”Just across the way, Bill De Vries, of De Vries Farm in Grand Junction, is selling tomatoes, cherries, watermelons, corn, squash, carrots, and green and yellow beans.As a customer looks for a juicy watermelon from his stand, De Vries says confidently, “I think you’d have a lot of trouble finding a bad one.” It’s still early in the season, with much more produce to ripen. De Vries says they’re a ways away from selling chilies, and then come apricots and sweet corn.



He thinks the new location will work well for them, as long as they get cones out Friday night to make sure cars don’t park where they’re not supposed to.”This is gonna be super,” De Vries says.Along with fruit and veggies, the farmer’s market also has vendors selling meat, flowers and fresh-baked organic bread and sweets.The farmers market runs every Saturday through mid-November from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rite Aid parking lot. For more information call 876-2857.Contact Samantha Pal: 384-9105spal@postindependent.com


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