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The Glenwood Springs Saturday Farmer’s Market resumed this summer at Glenwood Springs High School, just one block north of the prior True Value Hardware lot location. The Farm Fresh Market Association is happy to have established collaboration with the Glenwood Re-1 School District Board, which plans to leave market leadership where it has traditionally been: in the hands of local farmers. This union is a unique opportunity for farmers and educators to work together to enhance educational connections regarding the importance of local and regional agriculture and sustainability, nutrition and fresh foods. The new location, just slightly offset from Grand Avenue and 14th Street, offers ample parking and vendor space, and includes a grassy area that is inviting for picnicking families, local musicians and summer sun seekers alike. Through coordination with the school board, school-related clubs will also be welcome to share the space for occasional fundraisers and eventsThe Farmer’s Market, now in its 20th year of operation, is among the first farmer’s markets on the western slope of Colorado. Farm Fresh Market Association is committed to bringing Colorado products to local people, with each vendor marketing at least 60 percent of their own homegrown produce. Over the past 10 years, members of this group have been instrumental in helping establish other farm markets throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Charter members of the Farm Fresh Market Association are still the key vendors in the Farmer’s Market. Ken Kuhns Jr. and his wife Gail own and operate Peach Valley CSA Farm, located 17 miles west of Glenwood Springs in the Colorado River Valley. They helped establish the Saturday Farmers Market in Glenwood Springs twenty years ago and have operated their Community Supported Agriculture program for the past sixteen years. Colorado Homestead Ranches is a cooperating group of six ranches, raising beef the old-fashioned way, without added hormones or antibiotics. Lamb, elk, buffalo, seafood and chicken products are distributed from their Paonia Homestead Market Store, and their USDA Processing Plant, Cedaredge Meats in Cedaredge.Forte Farms is a 20-acre orchard located in Palisade, farmed since 1972. After 30 years of building markets and diversifying their orchards, husband-wife team Peter and Carol Forte are now beginning to sell produce directly to the consumer. With numerous varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, apples and pears on this orchard, and experimental varieties of apriums and pluots, they stay on the cutting edge, and are always seeking new cultural practices, especially those that reduce pesticide use. Bill and Lee DeVries from Orchard Mesa’s DeVries Farm in Grand Junction farm over 100 acres and 100 varieties of vegetables. They have been offering produce by the pound or by the box, and add fresh roasted chilis in the summertime since 1965. Mesa Forge and Farm is a family operation run by Jim and Mary Roark, along with their daughter Samantha Silvius. Farming 65 acres on Silt Mesa, they raise hay, sheep, goats and dairy cows, along with veggies and flowers. Will Kogler brings fresh-baked pastries and breads to the market from Bon Jour Bakery in Edwards. This year, the Association hopes to add some new unique food products that have not previously been featured there, such as pastas, ready-to-eat kettle corn and organic cheeses. The market will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through November. Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” will take a break so she can recover from surgery, but will be back in late August.


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