Craig Editorial Board, April 2009 to July 2009
- Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
- Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
- Amy Fontenot, newspaper representative
- Bernie Rose, community representative
- Bill Lawrence, community representative
- Brenda Lyons, community representative
A group of about 13 people met Thursday to discuss the upcoming third year of the Downtown Business Association's Farmers Market, an annual gathering of merchants and residents that has quietly gained a greater foothold each year since its inception in 2006.
The meeting was designed for organizers and vendors to consider plans for the upcoming market, which is scheduled to begin in mid-June at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig.
The Editorial Board is pleased the Farmer's Market is returning for another year, and is supportive of the effort to buy and sell locally grown, raised and crafted food and products.
Board members wish more people would also support the event.
Carol Jacobson, a local business owner and a Farmers Market organizer, said this week that people involved in the offering are considering expanding hours - from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays - adding new wrinkles like live music, and building a logo for better promotion.
These steps are evidence of a growing operation, and not simply a cutesy gathering.
Still, despite the hoof prints of success, there is room for improvement. There is room for the market to become something much greater, and more meaningful to overall community economic well being, the Editorial Board believes.
With more vendor and consumer participation, the event will generate needed foot traffic in the city's downtown.
More people will stop at booths, or in downtown stores and restaurants, and spend money.
The benefits of communities shopping and spending locally, it has been well established, are many.
Call a local effort to do so Moffat County's own stimulus package.
More support for the Farmers Market also moves Craig closer to something the Editorial Board desires - becoming a self-sustaining community.
Self-sustaining communities can withstand recessions and economic downturns. They can weather troubled times.
But, it has to start somewhere.
The Editorial Board can't think of a better place than Alice Pleasant Park this summer.