CREEDE—The Creede Farmers Market is going on their second year located in the downtown area, and though they started off extremely small, the market is steadily growing day by day. “We are up to six vendors as of last week and I think we have a chance to get a bit bigger before the end of the year,” said market coordinator Karen Miller.
Miller has been working to bring local farmer and artesian markets to the upper Rio Grande area for several years, beginning with a market located in South Fork. “We didn’t do the market in South Fork this year, because there was one that was already there. We put most of our efforts into the one in Creede, and I think it is beginning to pay off,” stated Miller.
Miller has been working with local resident and business owner Ed Vita to bring the market to Creede. Originally, when applying for the permits needed to get the market off the ground several business owners feared that the market would take away from other enterprises, but according to Miller that has not been the case. “I know at first people were worried that they may lose business and we did not want to see that happen. Everything seems to have worked out for the best in all scenarios and we couldn’t be happier.”
This year, the market changed locations from the Days of 92’ mining arena to the parking lot located next to San Juan Sports facing Main Street. The location change prompted more vendors to apply for the market and it has now gone from one or two to six vendors selling different wares and produce. “We have six vendors now, and that is huge for us. We don’t have a ton of produce yet this early in the year, but by the time August comes around there will be everything anyone could ask for,” said Miller.
Chapman Pinon Farms has been one of the consistent vendors for the market and they bring local honey, jams, baked goods and locally grown produce to the market every Friday. “They bring whatever they have in season and also offer fresh eggs. It is great to have them with us and they just get better and better as the summer wears on,” said Miller.
Another booth is set up by a local artist that uses nature photographs to created wall art. “It is actually really neat what they do. They take a photograph of a local area and transfer it onto a framed canvas. The results are beautiful and people really seems to like the pictures. The way they are created makes it so that the picture covers the entire canvas without an outer frame. It’s very neat,” said Miller.
Other vendors include everything from children’s clothes to stained glass art and more. The market will be set up for both Friday and Saturday this week and will continue every Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. until early fall. Be sure to stop by and show your support of local markets. For vendor information, please contact Miller at [email protected] or through their Facebook page under Creede Farmers Market.