Allie Dilldine, left, 9, and Brittany Young, 10, sell lemonade Thursday at the Downtown Business Association's farmers market at Alice Pleasant Park. The trio was among a number of venders selling goods on the first day of the weekly event.

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Allie Dilldine, left, 9, and Brittany Young, 10, sell lemonade Thursday at the Downtown Business Association's farmers market at Alice Pleasant Park. The trio was among a number of venders selling goods on the first day of the weekly event.

Farmers market begins new year in Craig

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Brayden Tuttle, 8, samples some cheese made by Sunny Breeze Farm on Thursday at the Downtown Business Association's farmers market at Alice Pleasant Park.

— Friendly faces, homegrown produce and homemade baked goods populated Alice Pleasant Park on Thursday afternoon, a common sight for the next several months.

The park, on the 500 block of Yampa Avenue, will accommodate the Craig Downtown Business Association's farmers market. The market consists of residents selling vegetables, pastries and crafts, among other things, that they have grown or made themselves.

DBA member Carol Jacobson, one of the market's organizers, was in the thick of the action selling her rhubarb, chives, mint, mustard greens, borage and marjoram.

"So far, everything has come in little waves," she said. "We're at about the same point now as we were last year. It's still early for a lot of vegetables because of the cold, but the market will grow. For now, we're here and we're happy."

Lorrae Moon, of Moonshine's Homegrown Produce, offered handfuls of salad greens for 50 cents each. Her onions and radishes were on sale at five for 50 cents.

"Last year, I had beets, potatoes and bok choy, which is a Chinese cabbage, so I'm hoping to have some within the next few weeks," she said. "I also sell raw goat's milk, but I can't bring it here because it has to be fresh. People who want to buy can talk to me about it here, though."

Moon appreciates the ecological concerns of the farmers market.

"It cuts down on trucking, which is easier for all of us," she said.

Joanne Petre, whose husband, Joel, owns Sunny Breeze Farm, was selling homemade cheese.

"We raise sheep, and we use their milk for cheese and our own soap," Petre said.

Petre offered three types of cheese with a total of nine different flavors. A variety of her homemade soaps were available, as well.

Becky Midot-Bradford bought some of the balsamic vinegar selection after sampling it.

"It was very tasty, so I had to buy some," she said. "I've been to the farmers market in Steamboat and ones in Colorado Springs, and I really like that Craig has one, too. Farmers markets are about quality, not size. The same goes for the food they have."

Also among the vendors were sisters Bailey and Sara Kurz, selling fresh eggs and crocheted rugs, and Melia Bisbee of The Flower Mine with a cross-section of bouquets available from the floral store.

"I believe that more people need more flowers, and we're happy to provide them with excellent service," she said.

Offering plenty of homegrown vegetables, flowers and more, the farmers market will assemble in Alice Pleasant Park from 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday until October 18.

Andy Bockelman can be reached at 875-1796.

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