Carbondale Farmer’s Market Manager Jamie Wall welcomes you back to the first market of the season on Wednesday June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The market features three of our favorite local farmers – Sara Tymczyszyn from Highwater Farms, Silt; and Erin Cuseo of Erin’s Acres and Matt Kennedy of Sopris Farm, Carbondale. Cook at Mount Sopris Montessori Kindergarten and caterer, Kennedy is known for his home-grown culinary mushrooms.
Expect to see Rock Bottom Ranch, JuNo Farms, and Dooley Creek Farm spinning throughout the season. The Meredith and Shipman families are regenerative herders, using animal husbandry to grow the soil – the foundation of all agriculture, ranching – and life. They’ll be offering cruelty-free pork, chicken and beef right here on Dooley Creek and the Crystal River!
A handful of farmers come from North Fork Valley by car; some up to three hours away. Another farmer is from Arizona and is living here for the summer, Wall explains. “That’s why the Carbondale Farmers Market (CFM) is held during the day – to support farmers, their work and their families. “
Throughout its 15 years of existence, CFM has nurtured the local economy by showcasing our farmers, ranchers, artisans and ready meal vendors. Their stalls and tents will line both the grassy park and Fourth Street in Main. Bring your favorite market bag and fill it with healthy treats and special gifts all summer long. Be sure to take a look at one of our favorite baristas, Giana Grossman, and the sleek, earthy art she brings to her ceramic wares. Toadstool Traditions opens up the world of mushrooms and plant medicine. So much to discover, especially with the pop-up vendors throughout the season.
Plan a standing lunch or brunch with a best friend. The market will even offer breakfast this summer! Picnic on the grass, treat yourself to a loaf of fresh bread, artisan cheeses. Enjoy empanadas, pierogies, sausages – or quality seafood! Kaleb’s Katch will be back. Sip iced kombucha or hot or cold coffee. Bring a blanket or camp chairs – the market will feature live music on the new city stage every two weeks. KDNK will be broadcasting live in the intervening weeks. Immerse yourself in the people watching. Find friends you haven’t seen for a long time after the pandemic.
For those who are feeling stretched out, the CFM is a great way to leverage your SNAP cards. Bring your card to the CFM information booth. Swipe your card and receive as much SNAP money as you want, using those SNAP dollars to buy vegetables, fruit, bread, meat and cheese. Spoil yourself. You deserve the best, freshest, and most nutritious food the Valley and our little town have to offer.
“The best part is the atmosphere of a small town,” says Wall. “I love to walk around the market and see my coworkers, someone I see at Bonfire, City Market, other business owners, clients at the leisure center. I love seeing friends and neighbors and continuing this conversation – oh, have you checked out this booth? You should check out this seller!
The CFM is a unique and healthy experience. Make it an uplifting Hump Day ritual!