03 May Farmer’s Market in Town Park
This year, we’re adding a special Farmers’ Market to the Saturday festival schedule. It is exclusive to young farmers! MHC supports Plants R Us, a program in which teenagers learn agriculture from soil health and sowing seeds to selling mature crops and planning for expenses. They are responsible for their work and write their own paychecks. These remarkable kids are bringing their bounty to share with you!
On Sunday, local farmers ~ who never fail to please ~ will bring the MHF Farmers’ Market to Town Park. Expect to find a wide range of late summer organic vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash), melons, and gorgeous flowers. Additional treasures (for cooking, preserving, or storing) may include colorful potatoes, a variety of onions, garlic, and peppers, winter squash, greens, and your favorite roots including sweet carrots, beets, rutabagas, celery root, and turnips. Honey, garlic braids, and chili strings (ristas) be hanging around too, just waiting to become part of a good home-cooked meal. Supporting local farmers may just change your life! There is something indescribably delicious about freshly picked produce. When you return home and start preparing meals using these fresh ingredients in recipes, we hope you will savor the moment, and reflect on the wonderful weekend you spent at the MHF in Paonia. You will be able to tell your kids, grandkids, or parents, “I met the farmer who grew these vegetables!” Thanks to the Colorado Cottage Foods Act, some value-added products may be for sale also, including preserves. Demonstrations will be offered near the center of the Farmers’ Market; times to be announced from the stage.