Homegrown goodness

Farmers market returns to Craig beginning June 12

If you go

What: Farmers market

Where: Alice Pleasant Park, between The Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge, 554 Yampa Ave., and Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave.

When: Every Thursday 3 to 6 p.m., from June 12 to Oct. 18

Sponsored by: Craig Downtown Business Association

Call: Carol Jacobson at 824-5343

A farmers market is an agricultural group effort among planters and ranchers that concentrates on keeping food consumption local. For the second year, the Craig Downtown Business Association will conduct its own farmers market.

Running from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays from June 12 to Oct. 18, the market will be set up in Alice Pleasant Park, between The Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge and Serendipity Coffee Shop.

The market's participants only will incorporate food that has been grown within the reaches of the Craig area. Downtown Books owner Carol Jacobson is the volunteer coordinator for the project.

"One of the purposes of a farmers market is to cut down on the transportation involved in food shipment," she said. "The carbon footprint made by the food industry needs to be reduced. Produce travels at least the distance of the width of the United States and sometimes twice that amount. You can't tell me that that's fresh. With farmers markets, we encourage eating locally and seasonally. Not every kind of fruit or vegetable may be available, but they're very high quality."

Besides produce, the market will also offer cheese, eggs, baked goods and more - all grown, made or produced within a 100-mile radius.

"People who adjust their diets this way are called 'localvores,'" Jacobson said. "There's been a movement afoot in the country for awhile. It was strong in the '60s and '70s, and now it's coming back."

Jacobson describes herself as a committed localvore.

The market's motto is "Hand-made or homegrown," encompassing arts and crafts as well as food products. Vendors selling photo cards, hand-made jewelry, knitting, weaving and other such crafts will have a place, too.

"We don't really want to turn it into a flea market, but we would like to get craftspeople involved so that they can sell things that they have made themselves," Jacobson said.

Booths will be made available for nonprofit organizations and approved fundraising activities. Musical acts such as guitarist Bob LaFord are in the works to perform.

"It was very successful last year, so we wanted to do it again," CDBA president Karen Brown said. "The buyers and vendors all loved it, so we'll just try to do the same thing without any conflicts. We can always use more vendors though."

The farmers market requires no fee to set up, and its only stipulation is that any vended materials be homegrown or handmade.

"It's much cheaper for everyone to do their shopping locally," Brown said.

Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1796.

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