Plant nursery blossoms in second year

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If the heat is getting greater, then you’re bound to see an oasis somewhere, whether real or imagined.

But, one such business bearing that name is definitely not a figment of your imagination.

The Oasis of Craig has set up its summer location in the parking lot of the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

The plant nursery, owned by Anthony and Gloria Martin, is now in its second year of business.

“We set up about May 9 and we’re planning to be out here through the end of June,” Anthony said. “Last year, we just set up a stand one day a week, so this is a lot bigger.”

The Oasis’s tent in the parking features a variety of flowers, grasses and vegetables, only a small portion of what the Martins have in stock in their larger operation, located at 6266 Moffat County Road 7.

“We’re doing mostly annual plants, a lot of hanging baskets, a few perennials,” he said.

Anthony said promoting their specially-grown hydroponic tomatoes is one of their goals this year.

“We’ve been trying to wholesale those to some restaurants,” he said. “We did some farmers markets last year and we’ll probably do those again this year. At this point, a lot of them are going to the one in Steamboat.”

The Martins aim to keep their plants affordable and well-tended for customers.

“We grow all the vegetable plants from seed and a lot of the bedding plants, some of them we’ll get them when they’re already pretty small, but we want to promote growing locally,” Anthony said.

Basket business continues to grow in Northwest Colorado area

If neither growing your own food nor buying them at the grocery store quite suits your needs, you may have another option.

Since starting in Craig in September, the Bountiful Baskets network has thrived.

The Phoenix-based business provides people across 20 states with food packages including fruits, vegetables, specialty breads, oils and more on a biweekly basis.

“It’s never the same thing twice,” local representative Colleen Fenton said.

Craig, as well as other regional Colorado sites like Delta, Grand Junction, Meeker, Rifle, Rangely and Baggs, Wyo., receive shipments every other Saturday.

The Craig locations for deliveries are Colorado West Bottled Water, 452 Barclay St., and Robinson Welding & Designs, 308 Yampa Ave.

Fenton said Bountiful Baskets is based largely on a co-operative setup with a nonprofit business model that doesn’t rely on strict rules.

“There’s no commitment to how many times they have to order or how much they have to order,” she said. “Once you have signed up to participate, you can do it from anywhere. I first got involved in it in Utah when I was visiting my daughter.”

Participants are asked to volunteer their time in helping unload baskets at the pickup spots.

Though it’s not required, it is appreciated, and the initiative is designed to include everyone.

“No one could do it without the volunteers and people in the community have been so great with it so far,” Fenton said.

The next pickup date for the Craig locations is Saturday.

For further details on delivery times and getting involved, visit www.bountifulbaskets.org.

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