Craig Farmer’s Market produces local flavor |

Craig Farmer’s Market produces local flavor

Ryan Sheridan

Saturday will mark the beginning of the second Craig Farmer’s Market, and organizer Genevieve Spencer is hoping this year’s event builds on the success of last year’s.

“We had eight vendors last year, and we’re hoping to get a few more this year,” Spencer said.

Spencer’s started the farmer’s market last year as part of her Master Gardener project, an effort organized by the Colorado State University Extension Office.

“The Extension office really helped to get this together, and it turned out great. It was a really fun, and we hope to keep this market going every year,” she said.

“Anything that is to be sold at the market must either be grown locally or made from locally-grown produce, such as salsa, bread or flour. The market is organized for the communities of Northwest Colorado and the Wyoming communities that are part of the area.

“There will be whatever people have left over from their own gardens, and people get together, exchange gardening ideas,” Spencer said. “It’s a good time, something a little different, and it’s a new thing so we hope people want to get involved. It’s absolutely casual. And everything is so cheap.”

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Fran St. Louis and her husband Ervin are returning to the market this year after a successful market last year.

“It’s a chance to share our goodies since we love to garden. We have a huge garden, and we like to share our beautiful organic produce,” St. Louis said.

“I didn’t pay much attention [to the money made]. I did well and sold my stuff, and I hope the same happens this year.”

The chance to exchange tips and techniques with other gardener’s is one of the reasons St. Louis attends the event.

“We talk plants what we do, what we don’t do. We learn from each other,” she said. “We hope people come out, more shoppers and gardeners are always welcome. Everybody should come. It’s a good time, with good food and beautiful produce.”

The booth fee is $5, and registration is still open, as are slots for local musicians.

The Craig Farmer’s Market will be held at Alice Pleasant Memorial Park in downtown Craig. It starts this Saturday and runs every Saturday through Sept. 8.

Anyone interested in setting up a booth or performing at the Craig Farmer’s Market should contact Genevieve Spencer at 826-0994.

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