Seed packets appear in the stores, seedlings sprout, gardens flourish, and finally, full grown produce is ready for the Pagosa Farmers Market beginning in July.
And, in order to provide this venue for vendors and consumers, the planning for the market is now underway.
National trends are moving toward buying locally to reduce our carbon impact and to keep our dollars spent circulating in the local economy. Throughout the country the local food movement is growing as consumers realize the higher nutritional value of fresh, locally grown produce and food produced with out chemicals and pesticides. Fortunately, we have folks in Pagosa Springs who have met the challenges of the growing season here to bring their products to the Pagosa Farmers Market for three months in the summer.
The committee that plans for the market yearly is made up of people who have an enthusiasm for perpetuating these values in our community. The committee is open to anyone who would like to join in the planning and help bring a successful and vibrant Market to Pagosa this summer. The next planning meeting is at 1 p.m. April 14, at Pagosa Baking Company.
During the course of the market, we also use volunteers to help on Saturday mornings. Music makes the market festive, and we welcome musicians who would like a Saturday morning gig. Whether you have a large or small garden, a food or herbal product grown or made locally, plants or seedlings, consider becoming a vendor.
The Pagosa Farmers Market has become an anticipated summer event in the community. If you can contribute in any of these ways to ensure another successful season, contact any of the following people: Lisa Jensen, market director, 264-0430; Phyl Daleske, volunteer coordinator, 731-4589; Alan Meinhausen, vendor coordinator, 264-0385; or Abby Linzie, 731-6412.