Market visitors urged to shuttle
Minturn Town Manager Allen Lanning says an estimated 5,000 people have visited the popular farmer’s market during the last two market days.
With only about 100 public parking spaces available in town, traffic gridlock has become somewhat of a tell-tale sign of the event’s success.
“It can just get kind of scary and be a really tough deal,” Lanning says.
This holiday weekend, Lanning urges market-goers to use an outlying parking lot at the U.S. Forest Service’s offices at Dowd Junction, about two miles north of Minturn near the interchange with Interstate 70.
A tent for shade, refreshments and continuous shuttle service make the out-of-town parking option “a pretty sophisticated” way of going to the market, Lanning says.
“It will be a lot easier if people take that route,” he says.
The ride into town takes less than three minutes, and this holiday weekend Eagle County’s public transportation authority, ECOtransit, is donating two full-size buses for the task.
“This weekend particularly, we want to urge people to use the Forest Service parking lot,” Lanning says. “If they have merchandise they need to pick up by car, we’ll have people there to assist them with that.
The Minturn Market offers a wide-variety of fresh produce, baked goods, local artifacts, along with live music, on-site prepared food items and beverages. The market is held each Saturday during the summer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Geraldine Haldner