MONTE VISTA— Fresh Palisade peaches, juicy cherries and apricots were all out for sale at the Monte Vista Farmers Market. The weather was perfect and it was a great start for this year’s farmers market season. Even though it was the market’s first day of the season there were already quite a few vendors.
They were selling a variety of items— rich fudge, beautiful jewelry, green chili, handmade soaps, locally grown produce and much more. Many of the vendors have been coming to this farmers market for years. They come from all over the Valley and the state to sell their handmade and homegrown goods. As the summer continues, they tend to get even more booths so it will only get better and better.
The Taqueria De La Calle Jireh was there serving up fresh tacos, tostadas and more. The farmers market is also hosting a “Share the Bounty” booth for vendors who are not able to work a booth but would still like to sell their goods to the public. The “Share the Bounty” booth is also available for those who have a garden with more produce than they can use. It’s a great way to make sure what you can’t use and don’t want doesn’t go to waste.
The farmers market was started by local resident Deanne Elliot in 2013. She wanted to do something to contribute to the community; she wanted to give the community something they could all come together for. Elliot said that she loves farmer markets and thought it was a shame that “we didn’t have our own in Monte Vista. Especially since agriculture is a such a huge part of our economy in the Valley.”
Not only is the farmers market a great chance to buy fresh produce and unique hand crafted items, it’s an opportunity to get out and meet neighbors. Jim Poston, who was there with the Jessie May Olson Community Garden, said, “At the farmers market it’s a great place for the community to come socialize.”
This year’s market will continue every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Sept. 13 in the parking lot at the corner of Hwy 160 and Jefferson, across the street from the chamber’s office and the Monte Villa Hotel. Stop by and take advantage of the fresh produce while it’s available.