PHOTO ESSAY: Farmers' Market Blooms Again in Pagosa
Barbara Conkey | 8/20/07
Many long hours of planning and cultivating finally bore fruit on Saturday, with the first Farmers' Market in Pagosa Springs in many years.   Continued...
 Farmers Market Pagosa Springs 2007
The First Bank of the Southwest hosted the event in their parking lot — and it felt so much like the beginning night of a Broadway play.  The morning darkness lifted like theater curtains and the first vendor arrived to an empty lot.  The nervousness, anxiety, excitement, will other vendors show up?  Will the community show up to support it — and will it be on time?   Continued...
 Farmers Market Pagosa Springs 2007
Sue Coe was first to set up on Saturday morning.
Sue Coe, organic and master gardener was the first to setup with her beautiful flowers.  Then Pam Morrow and Jerry Ethelbah pulled in with their garlic and garden flowers.  They told me they purchased Dr. Handie's home and garden and some of the flowers they were selling had been started by him.  What a sweet remembrance of a wonderful man who had Handie's Peak named after him.   Continued...
 Farmers Market Pagosa Springs 2007
Jerry Ethelbah and Pam Morrow pulled in with their garlic and garden flowers.
As other vendors arrived and set up there was a feeling of something special happening for the community, people pulled into the parking lot to see what was available to buy and such smiles on their faces.  I heard many comments of appreciation and anticipation of further events — growing and buying locally has a special appeal to many people it seems.   Continued...
 Farmers Market Pagosa Springs 2007
A delighted shopper.
Next came Pagosa Baking Company with Kathy Keyes and Kirsten Skeehan behind the  booth — and did the eyes of the children light up with cookies and sweet rolls smelling sooo goood.  Their fresh baked bread was selling quite briskly as well.  Things were moving along by now as the crowd grew and more vendors arrived.  Levi and Jeremy came in with their fresh Colorado veggies and with harvest time in the air they really met the desire for fresh grown produce.   Continued...
Farmers Market Pagosa Springs 2007
Pagosa Baking Company showed up with fresh baked breads and goodies.

Farmers Market Pagosa Springs 2007
Fresh Colorado peaches were a favorite attraction.
Carol Tindell from Arboles arrived with her healthful, locally raised beef packaged and ready to sell.  She fills the niche for healthy and grass fed beef.  Lines were forming at every vendors site, visiting, purchasing and encouraging continued participation.  If anyone came later, I missed them and apologize if they are not mentioned.   Continued...
 Farmers Market Pagosa Springs 2007
Where's the beef? Carol Tindall had her healthful, locally raised supply on hand.
This whole production is a result of collaboration between Mary Jo Coulehan and the Southwest Organization for Sustainability.  Mary Jo held the vision for the market for many years and SOS felt the time was "ripe"  to get it going.  SOS was represented by Abby Linzie and Merilyn Moorhead and SOS can be found on the WEB for those interested in what they are doing.   Continued...
 Farmers Market Pagosa Springs 2007
Chamber Director Mary Jo Coulehan and her staff had worked hard to promote the market.

Farmers Market Pagosa Springs 2007
Abby Linzie and Merilyn Moorhead represented sponsors SOS, the Southwest organization for Sustainability.
All in all, a great way to spend a morning.  The event was very successful and thanks for those who showed up for the first production.  More to come: next week the Farmers' Market will be held at the Rio Grande Savings and Loan behind the Corner Store on Piedra and 160, on Sunday instead of Saturday.  Watch in the local media for details.
 Farmers Market Pagosa Springs 2007
 
   

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