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By Pauline Benetti
Special to The PREVIEW
Activities, products and hours at the Pagosa Farmers Market change with the temperatures. The current hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be in effect this weekend, but beginning Sept. 6, hours will change to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate the colder mornings.
With the opening of school, Southwest Organization for Sustainability, sponsor of the Pagosa Farmers Market, will hold an Earth Day Printing Day this Saturday and next. The logo created for Earth Day 2014 will be available to stamp on book bags, T-shirts and other items. Bring your items to be stamped and look for Nyla Eala at the SOS booth.
Produce now includes the slow-maturing and cool-weather crops — squash of several varieties, from zucchini to delecata; eggplant, from purple to white, thin to fat; garlic for cooking and seed; big, fat cabbages and cauliflowers; tender green beans, carrots and the list goes on.
But that’s not all. Look also for beef, lamb, iced whole fish, milk, eggs, fruit, baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, jams, jellies, preserves, microgreens and mushrooms, too.
The Pagosa Farmers Market vendors, as well as their customers, have enjoyed the luxury of a space made for markets this season at the Eastside Market in downtown Pagosa — shaded tables, a wide selection of foods to be eaten al fresco, a recently applied smooth walking surface, restrooms and a natural backdrop behind the market. In addition, an amazing number of local musicians have provided music.
The Pagosa Farmers Market will continue through Sept. 13.
With the opening of our small town market, we can take pride in joining a movement that is nationwide and 7,800 strong.