If you go …
What: Craig Farmers Market
When: Noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays
Where: Alice Pleasant Park, 500 block of Yampa Avenue
— The farmers market will convene weekly during the summer through Sept. 20. It includes an emphasis on homegrown food items or homemade crafts. For more information on signing up for a booth, call Bob or Diane Grubb at 620-4243.
Jars of salsa, freshly grown produce, handcrafted knick-knacks.
If you can grow it or make it, the Craig Farmers Market wants you.
The Farmers Market is in the middle of its high point during the summer months, as patrons turn out Thursday afternoons at its downtown location in Alice Pleasant Park to check out local and regional products.
Offering everything from produce like Palisade peaches and Olathe sweet corn to meals like homemade burritos to crocheted clothing items, area growers and artisans always have something new to offer.
Husband and wife Juanita and Wes Romans set up a small sampling of their large inventory of handcrafted wood items made by Wes for their business, Romans Barbarians Woodworks, Inc.
They also sell out of their home at 1291 Mariana Way.
Juanita said her husband can make anything from wood from small picture frames and gaming boards to bed frames and everything in between.
“It’s all made from natural wood that comes from the Yampa Valley,” Juanita said. “He puts a lot of work into it, and he’s been doing it all his life.”
Among the items on the Romans’ table were finely carved birdhouses and shelves, as well as a portfolio showcasing everything else Wes has made over the years.
Juanita said they have only manned a booth at the market once so far, but she plans to do it for the rest of the season, earning back her booth fee within hours.
“I’m just so grateful to be out here and have the opportunity to be among the community,” she said. “(The Farmers Market) lets people come down here and have a good time and find some new stuff, and hopefully it works out for us.”
Coordinators Bob and Diane Grubb, selling salads and baked goods, said they have 18 vendors signed up throughout the summer, though not all of them set up every week.
“I think we’re getting a pretty decent supply,” Bob said. “It’s definitely good for a small town like this.”
The couple said they see an average of 30 to 40 people stop by their booth each week, a little lower than they’d like but still favorable.
Though the size of crowds varies from week to week, the people who turn out always do so enthusiastically.
“They have items you just can’t get anywhere else,” customer Kailey Freed said. “They’re all so unique.”
Kailey visited the market Thursday with her sister, Jasmine, and their friend, Cody Adams, picking up some homemade jam, pickles, granola and bread from vendors.
“It’s great to know it’s all grown locally and there’s only four or five ingredients in everything,” Kailey said. “It’s a lot healthier, it tastes better, it’s better for you. Everybody wins.”
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