Get your produce; Downtown Farmers' Market set to start

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The busy work day. Get up at 6 a.m. Get home around 6 p.m. Eat dinner. Watch the news. Go to bed. Then the weekend rolls around. Or for many people, Sunday rolls around, as Saturday continues to be a workday for many.

With this schedule, who has time to plant a garden?

Moffat County Master Gardeners do. For the next seven weeks at Alice Pleasant Park in Craig, master gardeners from the area will hold a farmer's market from 8 a.m. to noon.

The idea came from Genevieve Spencer. A master gardener, Spencer is hosting the Farmer's Markets, which will run to the second Saturday in September, as a class requirement. Class takers have a choice between paying a class fee or volunteering for 40 hours. This is Spencer's project.

"This is something that will utilize the park and a chance for local people with extra vegetables to share," Spencer said.

endors participating will pay $5 for table space and will set their own prices on goods. Produce must come from local growers in the White River, Snake River or Yampa River valleys, Spencer said.

A master gardener from the area will also have a table set up to answer any growing questions. The table will be open throughout the downtown farmer's market season.

Non-produce will also be on sale, but Spencer asks they all be natural products. One resident will be spinning wool and baked goods will be on hand. On-the-Shelf Books will offer coffee to shoppers.

And to top it all off the music of a fiddle will make the shopping even more enjoyable.

"As the summer goes on, we hope to have more and more vendors and vegetables," Spencer said.

This Saturday also marks the Downtown Business Assocation annual "Sidewalk Sale." Organizers invite all community members to take part in both events.

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