Spend A Few Hours At The Farmer's Market
Grocery shopping is not just a chore – it’s a special occasion during the summer and fall when the Ridgway Farmers Market opens up. Every Friday from May through October, residents and visitors alike can enjoy a fun morning, afternoon or whole day at the outdoor event.
The market is set up in Hartwell Park, also called Town Park, which is conveniently located in the heart of Ridgway, next to the highway and plentiful parking. The many tall cottonwood trees spread across the park create a cool, inviting place for the whole family. Adults can relax and stroll through the food and art stands, while children enjoy the large playground. The park is also home to several interesting sculptures, a gazebo and many sunny spots as well.
“We have live music from a diverse selection of local musicians, and vendors that offer prepared food and that allows you to get her and hang out in the park,” says Market Manager Adam Walters. “We have 50 different vendors now and a festival atmosphere. Kids are playing in the park. We actually have a balloon guy this year, the Sheriff of Fun, who makes balloon animals while telling jokes to kids.”
David Nunn, a Ridgway-based “bluesy rock” guitar player, performed recently, and the musicians are ever changing and upbeat, Walters adds.
This year, the market has stands from nine farms and four bakers, plus several artists as well as meal and snack vendors. The products include seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs as well as fresh-laid eggs, grass-fed beef, pork and even yak meat. Farmers also offer cottage foods like jams, jellies and candies.
Not only is the variety worth checking out but the pricing is fair for the high quality, fresh produce and baked goods and the unique, handmade art. “We have really good prices, on par with prices in local stores,” he says.
For those who come to the market hungry, the bakers offer pastries, and coffee is available. There are “all kinds of goodies” from Navajo tacos with green chiles to pulled pork sandwiches and crepes, kettle corn and more. Plus, “almost every single vendor gives prospective customers the opportunity to try their goods. One potato vendor even grills chips out of them at his stand. Most orchards that come will cut up an apple, peach, tomato or whatever they offer for you to try a slice,” Walters explains.<
Sounds delicious – see you next Friday at the Ridgway Farmers Market!