Hayden farmers market returns for 2nd year
Organizers scaled back the event to 3 days this summer
If you go
What: Hayden farmers market
When: 4 to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27
Where: South Walnut Street
Steamboat Springs — The Hayden farmers market returns this evening in a simpler, scaled-back form.
The farmers market, in its second year, will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on South Walnut Street from U.S. Highway 40 to East Washington Avenue.
Unlike last year, when the farmers market was held for 10 consecutive weeks starting in June, organizers this year decided to scale it back to three.
Hollie Sutton, a member of the farmers market committee, said last year organizers tried to duplicate the markets in Steamboat Springs and Craig and it didn’t go as expected.
Sutton said organizers are taking a different approach this year.
“We decided this year that less was better,” she said. “It might be easier to get more people and more vendors if there were fewer and spread out a little bit.”
The farmers market also will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 and 27.
Sutton said she expects about 20 vendors this evening, selling items from handmade furniture to handmade crafts. And, of course, there will be local produce.
In addition, Sutton said some Hayden businesses will have booths and some politicians will be on hand.
She said Steamboat-based Wing-Time Buffalo Wing Sauce and Rising Sun Ranch Creations, which makes all-natural bath and body products, also will have booths.
Brothers Custom Processing, of Craig, will serve barbecue tonight and during the Aug. 27 market, Sutton said. She said the HiWay Bar would cater during the second farmers market.
Music will be played through a sound system, Sutton said. She said there would be activities and games for children and the opportunity for them to have their faces painted or arms adorned with airbrushed tattoos.
Sutton added that the Hayden Artisans’ Marketplace and new business The Green Garden would be open.
Brandon Miller, who opened The Green Garden on July 1, said he hoped staying open through the farmers market — past his usual 6 p.m. closing time — would help draw additional foot traffic to his business. He sells supplies for those interested in gardening year-round.
“I’d love to see people in Hayden come around and realize there’s some action down here, to realize that Hayden’s alive,” he said.
Sutton encouraged everyone to stop by the farmers market.
“I think everyone should just come down to see what it’s about,” she said.
There’s no fee for vendors to participate in this evening’s farmers market. There is a $5 fee for vendors at the final two farmers markets.
For more information or to request a booth, call Sutton at 846-0338.
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