Rifle Farmers Market returns for 2015 season | PostIndependent.com

Rifle Farmers Market returns for 2015 season

Rifle Farmers Market opens today, Thursday, for the 2015 season.

The market will run 4-8 p.m. every Thursday until Sept. 24 in the community lot on West Second Street and Railroad Avenue. While the location is the same, market board members have implemented several changes based on community feedback following the 2014 farmers market. The market has moved to Thursday nights as a result of a community-wide survey of the 2014 market season that was administered through the market’s Facebook page.

“We feel Thursday night will attract more people in the summer months since we won’t be competing as much with weekend vacations or high school football games,” said Dana Wood, Rifle Farmers Market board member.

The addition of new produce and food vendors includes Early Morning Orchards, Upper Crust Bakery and Funderburk’s Chocolates. Local market favorites returning this season include Clark’s Family Orchards, Colorado Mountain Honey and Lucky Dog Hot Dogs. There will be handmade jewelry and decorative home goods from local artisans as well.

Local non-profit booths, including the Rifle Animal Shelter, Friends of the Garfield County Public Library (selling books) and the Rifle Historical Museum, will be at the market providing information on their organizations.

After a very successful first year in 2014, the Lemonade Project will be returning to the market. Last year, the project brought in more than $1,000 in sales from their freshly squeezed lemonade. All sales from the lemonade benefit SNAP participants. Those receiving SNAP benefits that come to the market and use their EBT card will also get $10 in matching market tokens each week to purchase fresh produce at the market.

The market will once again be featuring live music each Thursday from 5-8 p.m., with Free the Honey kicking off the 2015 season Thursday. This folk quartet is homegrown on the Western Slope of Colorado and offers up old time and original tunes with richly layered vocal harmonies and authentic acoustic resonance.

Other acts throughout the season include Let Them Roar, Fifty50, The Logan Brothers, the Leonard Curry Trio, Josh Rogan and many other up-and-coming local artists.

For more information on how to become a vendor, sponsor the market or volunteer, please email riflefarmersmarket@gmail.com or call 665-6497.

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