Aspen Saturday Market vendors hit the street today |

Aspen Saturday Market vendors hit the street today

Janet Urquhart

Food & Wine isn’t the only game in town. The Aspen Saturday Market begins its season today with crafts, food and the first pickings of produce for anyone champing at the bit for fresh greens.The market is starting a week early this year, with an abbreviated selection of vendors who will be lining Hopkins Avenue outside City Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Next week, the market returns to full force, taking up a block of Hunter Street as well.Just one produce vendor, DeVries Farm Market of Grand Junction, will make the trip today. Watch for more next week.The pickings are slim this early in the season, according to grower Bill DeVries, but shoppers will find fresh broccoli, spinach, rhubarb and green chards, peas, cherries and fresh garlic at the stand today, along with a selection of bedding plants. DeVries has also acquired some greenhouse-ripened tomatoes from another Colorado grower.Some growers saw their cherry crop nipped by a cold snap, and DeVries said he lost his apricot crop, but he’s got a line on some from another grower. They’re just not ready yet. For today, it’s cherries.Joining the farmers this season will be Sustainable Settings of Carbondale, with fresh eggs, meats and produce.While produce is limited to the DeVries stand today, shoppers will also find baked goods, Kettle Korn, Jeff’s Italian Ice, Cloud Nine Brownies and the Highwire Ranch’s organic buffalo and elk products.Local craft vendors will also hit the street; they’ll be joined this year by bronze sculptor David Nelson and marble sculptor Cheryl Haddock.The Jeanne Walla Trio kicks off the market’s slate of musical entertainment this season. The jazz combo will perform from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.The ever-popular cooking demonstrations by local chefs are scheduled to start in July.The market runs through Oct. 29.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is


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