Weekly market connects farmers and public

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— Creating a farmers market for produce vendors and shoppers is one of the plans the Craig Downtown Business Association hopes will bring people to the stores on Yampa Avenue.

"We held our first market last Thursday, but it was a little tough with the fair going on," said Carol Jacobson, who owns Downtown Books at 543 Yampa Ave. "We had bread, cheese, meat and vegetables for sale."

The market, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays in Alice Pleasant Park, is free to vendors, and the association pays to advertise the market in newspapers throughout the Yampa Valley.

"We want it to be easy on the vendors," Jacobson said. "Just pull up, park and display your produce. Oh, and bring a table, too."

Last week, George Randall sold out his vegetables and eggs, Jacobson said. Baked goods by Lois Yoder also did "really well."

Sunny Breeze sheep cheese products offered soft feta cheese and soap products, while Erica and Allie Dilldine sold various crafts and lemonade.

Organic beef and poultry could be found at last week's market, while violin music filled the air in the downtown park.

Jacobson said the farmers market is still in its early stages.

"It's a long-term project," she said. "We hope to get customers and vendors to get in the habit of coming each Thursday. I encourage people with stuff to sell to come down and help make this a social event."

The market fits well with the Downtown Business Association's plan to encourage shoppers to buy locally, and it gives farmers and vegetable growers a chance to market their products directly to the public.

Future plans call for live music to entertain the shopping public, and the market is expected to run until cold weather limits the produce and attendance.

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