New Farmers Market vendors, pie contests, film in Downtown Craig Friday |

New Farmers Market vendors, pie contests, film in Downtown Craig Friday

Farmers market in Downtown Craig will include pie baking and eating contests Friday.
Sasha Nelson

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Downtown Craig Farmer’s Market

When: 12 noon through 6 p.m. every Friday

Where: Alice Pleasant Park in the 500 block of Yampa Ave in downtown Craig

Downtown Business Association First Friday Event

Pie Baking and Eating Contents

When: 5 p.m., July 7

Where: Alice Pleasant Park in the 500 block of Yampa Ave in downtown Craig

Downtown Books Free Movie Night

Screening the 1938 Alfred Hitchcock classic — “The Lady Vanishes”

When: Dusk, July 7

Where: Between the bookstore and Community Budget Center

Bring your own chair.

Tents and tables full of yummy treats and colorful products fill the downtown park on Farmer’s Market Fridays. This Friday pie contests and movies will be added to the festivities.

To learn more about what’s on offer, the Craig Daily Press visited with four of the vendors new to this year’s market.

• Healthy, Natural and Cool Stuff

“I have cool stuff like these drums, healthy stuff like my Essiac tea and natural stuff like fresh fruit and honey,” said Patricia Murphy.

Products in her market stall represent a mix of her favorite things, things she found hard to find and felt others would enjoy. Items like the colorful handmade sarongs that flutter from the edges of her market tent.

“I couldn’t find them so I began importing them,” she said.

And when Murphy wasn’t able to find a special blend of Essiac Tea she found a supplier and began to distribute it herself.

“I want to dress the world and feed the world,” Murphy said.

Murphy looks forward to sharing more healthy, natural and cool products with her customers throughout the summer.

• Just Craftin’ Around

During the month of July, Cathy and Dale Updike will offer handmade, hand painted signs at their Just Craftin’ Around farmers market stall.

Their daughter Rachel was running the stall Friday and she said that signs are primarily made from wood purchased in Craig.

“My mom creates an original, custom look and lettering. It’s sort of got that distressed feel to it,” she said.

Shoppers may buy signs or pay to have a custom design made or make their own during classes offered through a partnership with Splatz.

To learn more about classes or place an order contact the Updikes by calling 775-455-7866 or emailing:

Living Water Fibers and Alpaca

A small family ranch North of Craig, owned and operated by John and Laura Ilko, produces soft, lusciously colored Huacaya Alpaca and wool fibers. Their business is about a year old.

John is a pastor of a church in Craig and oversees the ranching operations for the growing herd of alpacas. He also carves buttons from elk and deer antlers. Laura manages the fiber and fiber products that they sell online and at the farmers market.

“Our story begins and ends by honoring God in all we do,” state the couple on their website.

Shoppers will find fiber and yarn offered at the Craig market through July.

“No one shops for hats at the beginning of summer,” said Laura with a laugh.

Hats, scarves and other warm, wearable items will fill the stall later in the season.

• Kirsten Nava

Homemade breads, cookies and farm fresh eggs fill Kirsten Nava’s market table. “These are the foods from my childhood,” she said.

Nava starts baking about 3 p.m. on Thursday and bakes late into the night to ensure her products are “fresh, fresh, fresh.”

She tries to have a new item every week, but shoppers are advised to make it to her stall early.

“I only do what I can carry in my two arms,” Nava said.

First Friday Market Fun

In addition to vendors, this Friday, the first in July, pie baking and eating contests and a free movie will be added to the festivities.

The Downtown Business Association’s Pie Baking and Eating contest is returning to the market. Bakers will compete for $25 in Chamber Spree Bucks across four categories: Cream, Custard, Fruit, and Cheesecake.

Pies must be home baked, in disposable dishes, and be at Alice Pleasant Park between 5 and 5:30 p.m. on July 7. Judging will start at 5:30 p.m. after judging the remaining pies will be sold through auction.

The Pie Eating Contest is divided into three age groups: children age 8 and under, ages nine through 15 and ages 16 and older. Prizes will be given for each age group.

After the market and contests, Downtown Books will show a free film. The 1938 Alfred Hitchcock classic — “The Lady Vanishes” — will begin at dusk in the parking lot between the bookstore and Community Budget Center. The film is free, but bring your own chair.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education