Radio station takes over Edwards market
EDWARDS, Colorado – Despite rumors to the contrary, the Edwards market is not ending for good.Saturday marks the final market of the seaso,n but the popular event will be back next summer under new management.Longtime market organizer Rick Scalpello is retiring from putting it together.”It’s been seven years, and I think that’s enough time,” he said.KZYR is taking over.”To us at KZYR, the Edwards Farmers market is about serving the local community, which is the exact mission of our radio station,” station Vice President of Operations Tony Mauro said in an e-mail. So far, KZYR has no plans to change the market, Mauro said.”Rick Scalpello and the owners of the property, Remonov & Co., have done an incredible job developing a great product,” Mauro said in the e-mail. “We appreciate the opportunity to continue that legacy.”Scalpello has been a driving force behind local farmer’s markets. He started the Vail market nine years ago and launched the Edwards location seven years ago.He said the Edwards market came about for two reasons. First, it gave vendors who traveled far distances to the Vail market a second chance to sell their wares.Also, the Edwards market continued to cater to locals after the Vail market evolved into more of a festival, he said. “The Edwards market is predominantly locals and second homeowners,” Scalpello said. “They go there to buy their produce and staples for the coming week.”Currently, the Saturday market in Edwards has about 43 tents and draws 1,500 to 2,000 people, he said.Originally, Scalpello had planned to hold the final market of the season last Saturday but he decided to extend it a week.With the cold, rainy spring, farmers’ crops came in several weeks late, so their business is still going strong.”They still have a lot of fresh produce coming in from the fields,” Scalpello said.Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or email@example.com.