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New Castle market unites community

Kara Saenz | ksaenz@postindependent.com
Noreen Nolan speaks with a vendor at the New Castle Community Market, which runs every Thursday evening in downtown New Castle.
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New Castle Community Market

Thursdays through Sept. 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Burning Mountain Park, 450 W. Main St., New Castle | newcastlecolorado.org/things-to-do/farmers-market

Upcoming music and events schedule

Aug. 3: Logan Brothers

Aug. 10: Guilty Pleasure

Aug. 17: Red Dirt Band, plus wine sampling sponsored by New Castle Liquors

Aug. 24: Laurie Damera

Aug. 31: Swanson & Snow

Sept. 7: Whiskey Stomp

Sept. 14: TBA

Sept. 21: Smuggler Mountain Boys, plus beer sampling sponsored by Glenwood Canyon Brewpub and chili roasting

“It all kind of comes together and makes it a happy place.”

New Castle Community Market organizer Noreen Nolan spoke with nothing but love for the city and people of New Castle.

The idea for the 12-week market, currently in its sixth year, came to the hairdresser after she sold friends’ Palisade peaches at her salon, Making New Waves. She’s been in the beauty industry for 35 years and drew inspiration from people around her.

“I kept hearing how nice the Glenwood market was, and I thought, ‘Why can’t we do that in New Castle,’” she said.

Nolan credits the market’s development to many friends who helped along the way. Kim Breslin brought experience from working with the Glenwood market, and business partner Pam York stepped in for advertising and more.

“We started with maybe one or two vendors, and I figured, you know, if you build it, they will come,” said Nolan. “And that’s kind of what happened.”

Over the years, 34 different vendors have participated. The 2017 market, which kicked off July 6, has around 22 vendors. These include New Castle Gardens and Juicy Acres of Palisade for produce, as well as Uppercrust Bakery, and Purelyoils LLC. However, Nolan says she tries to keep an open mind when it comes to vendor selection.

“This year I let more local businesses in for free so we can support the community,” she said. “I like to be open, so the whole community can enjoy it.”

New participants in this year’s market include the Rifle Animal Shelter and Colorado Mountain College. Martial arts and fly-fishing demos are also available.

Additionally, a popular wine tasting event brought so much traffic to the market last year, Nolan says she had to do it again in 2017. That booth drew more than 200 people, she estimated.

Music is also a recent addition to the market, with all musicians hired and selected by Nolan.

“I used to do music promoting, which inspired me to get music in the park. Music is something that brings a lot of people together, and so does food. So I thought a farmers market would be great,” Nolan said.

Colleagues and friends speak warmly of Nolan and praised her work in the community as organizer.

“She’ll do anything for you,” said Susan Decillis, market participant and owner of Uppercrust Bakery. “She looks out for everybody. She just wants it to be fun, and happy. And full.”

“Everyone knows her and everyone loves her,” York said. “She truly cares about the community and wants to make it a better place to love. It’s a community, not just a town.”