Basalt finally gets its farmers’ market |

Basalt finally gets its farmers’ market

BASALT ” The fruits ” and vegetables ” of Basalt’s efforts to boost its civic vitality are starting to be reaped.

A group of residents received the town government’s blessing Tuesday night to launch a farmers’ market in June. The event will be held for 17 consecutive Sundays from June 21 to Oct. 11, according to Kam Davies and Kathleen Cole, two of the organizers. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each week, with vendors selling produce, prepared food, merchandise and arts. A rotating line-up of demonstrations will range from cooking to dance to planting.

“The goal of the market is to bring the Basalt community together, create sustainable vitality and support local businesses,” Davies told the council.

The unofficial goal is to breathe some life into the old railroad town on Sundays. The Basalt town government sponsored some gatherings earlier this winter to find out what residents think about the downtown core and what changes they would like to see. The meetings were well-attended and a near-unanimous sentiment was to find ways to boost vitality. The resident-driven market group resulted from those meetings.

The group already has 10 vendors committed to the Basalt Sunday Market. They are looking for 15 to 20 total.

Davies said the group wants to customize the farmers’ market idea for Basalt and not simply duplicate similar summer events already established in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. The greatest number of vendors possible will be unique, with preference given to folks in the Basalt region.

Basalt Town Council approval was needed to hold the market in Lions Park, where Town Hall, the library and the Basalt Chamber of Commerce caboose are located. It is town-owned land. A short section of Midland Spur Road between Town Hall and Saxy’s also will be used, but access won’t be blocked to a nearby condominium complex.

Davies told the council the location was “crucial, crucial, crucial” to the success of the market. It has high visibility, is easily accessible for vendors and customers and is close to Basalt’s downtown shops and restaurants.

The council unanimously gave its permission to use the site and issued a permit for the event.

“This is impressive,” said Councilman Chris Seldin. “You guys have really thought this through.”

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