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Farm fresh in the Vail Valley

Caramie Schnell
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail Daily file photoVail chef Kelly Liken picks out vegetables from a stand at the Vail Farmers Market.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –It’s not officially summer in Colorado’s Vail Valley until the weekend Farmer’s Markets get going. Thankfully the Edwards Farmer’s Market kicks off this weekend, with four dozen doves being released to mark the occasion. Other valley markets, including a new Friday evening market called Outdoor Market Avondale on the gondola plaza at Westin Riverfront in Avon, get going in quick succession. Read on for all the details about each market, including new vendors you can expect to see.

Located at the corner in Edwards, this market runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 19. Most of the 39 vendors slated for this year’s market (that’s a few more than last year) focus on food. Four farms from Colorado will be represented and between them, expect a dozen tents.

“Edwards is the closet to an old-fashioned Farmer’s Market in the valley,” said Rick Scalpello, the market’s organizer. “We’re aiming at the community members, not the tourists. In the past, people shop and leave. We’re trying to get them to stay a little longer, have some brunch at the market and make it more of a community meeting place.”

Expect Swiss Hot Dogs, crepes made to order, homemade soups from Savory Kates and Greek pastries from JajaBelle’s, who will also be selling prepared meals. New vendors include Kat Thai Deli, who is selling dips and terrines, Primo Specialty Foods, who will have homemade preserves and chutneys and a new vineyard – Whitewater Hill from Grand Junction. Loredanas, well known for homemade pesto and vinaigrettes, will be joining the Edwards market for the first time.

The market has also added entertainment by local musicians Helmut Fricker and Pat Hamilton, a series of pie baking contests and chef demonstrations.

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This Friday evening market is brand new to the Farmer’s Market scene and the only one taking place in Avon. Outdoor Market Avondale will take place on the gondola plaza at the Westin Riverfront hotel in Avon from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m. beginning Friday through Sept. 4.

“As we developed our plans for Friday Afternoon Sunset Deck Party, we wanted to tie in an activity around Market Avondale,” said Sue Barham, the marketing director for Restaurant Avondale. “Avon does not have a farmer’s market, and there are no evening markets in the area, so we thought it would be a good fit.”

The market will feature fresh produce, grilled bratwurst and wares from local vendors, including jewelry from Mana Metalworks, clothing from Rack and Roll Clothing Company, fresh flowers from Eden Flowers and paintings from local artist Sara Melzer.

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Expect to see upwards of 115 vendors at this market each Sunday. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning June 21 and running through Sept. 20. The Vail Farmer’s Market offers plenty to keep the kiddies entertained, including a mechanical bull, a train and a bouncy house. There’s also a whole section of the market devoted to artwork and crafts. Several locals artists will be participating this year, said market organizer Angela Mueller.

Expect to find a new farm in the mix – Borden Farms from Delta – offering organic plants and vegetables. Palisade’s Wynn Farms, known for their peaches, plums and apricots, is returning, as is Miller Farms.

A new meat vendor – Fox Fire Farms from Ignacio, a town in the southwest corner of the state – will offer organic grass-fed lamb, goat and beef.

“I’ve heard they have the best lamb around,” Mueller said.

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Each Saturday during the summer, crowds flock to the Minturn Market in downtown Minturn for fresh produce, live entertainment, arts and crafts from around the world and more. Fox Fire Farms from Ignacio, specializing in high-quality, grass-fed meat like lamb and goat, will also have a tent at this market for the first time.

Expect to see the smiling youngsters Hunter Honnessey and his younger brother, Holden, at the market. These two longtime market entrepreneurs specialize in lemonade and ice cream and this year will add smoothies to the mix.

Mickey’s Quickies Greek Gyros, a popular vendor at the Vail Market, will also have a booth at the Minturn Market for the first time this summer. Pastures of Plenty, a vendor from Boulder who sells produce and flowers, will also be at the market, as will a new fresh cut flower vendor from the Front Range, said market organizer Randy Milhoan.

And for the local treasure hunters, there will be a vendor specializing in antiques.

“We’ll have a really good antique story – AG Wilson,” Milhoan said. “Anne Wilson has bought over $20,000 worth of stuff back east – she’s been scouring for antiques to bring to the market.”

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High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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