The Cedaredge farmers market has been resurrected. As recently as last year, an artisan and farmers market existed on East Main Street. But over time there were more arts and crafts on display than produce and the effort was discontinued.
Local citizens seeking to rekindle the concept have planned a more traditional market approach and they have established a new location with high visibility and lots of parking. The new site is High Country Park, a narrow pocket park with a small sheltering canopy. The site is on S.E. High Country Avenue adjacent to Highway 65 and northwest of Cedaredge Food Town.
A flyer produced by organizers declares that the newly formed farmers market is "open to any locally produced/crafted food items. Sorry, arts, crafts and flea market type booths not available." There are spaces for produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, and "community supported agriculture." Also featured are locally-made wines, ciders, and beers. Cottage foods such as jams, jellies, honey, and baking mixes are included as well as starter plants and fresh flowers.
Fruits and vegetables are already coming into season. So the market, which was originally supposed to launch on Aug. 4, opened earlier on July 21. And it will continue to serve customers every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through early October when AppleFest ends.
The Town of Cedaredge is supporting the effort and, according to Kami Collins, town clerk and economic development coordinator, "Our goal is to get fresh, healthy locally-produced food into the hands of local consumers while also helping provide an outlet to our local producers to sell their items. We are open to vendors from anywhere in Delta County -- we would love to help highlight and promote all types of foods grown, produced or crafted within Delta County."
The other moving force behind the renovated farmers market is Cedaredge resident Charla Meeks who has a background of 40 years in the farming business and over two decades of involvement with similar markets. She wants everyone to know that this year they are emphasizing organic produce.
Vendors wishing to participate in the market are asked to contact Meeks at 970-986-2441 or Collins at town hall, 970-856-3123, extension 112.
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