Vendors hit the street tomorrow |

Vendors hit the street tomorrow

Janet Urquhart

Food & Wine isnt the only game in town. The Aspen Saturday Market begins its season tomorrow 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. On June 18, 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 Saturday. 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, rubbarb and green chards, peas, cherries and fresh garlic at the stand tomorrow, 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 hes got a line on some from another grower. Theyre just not ready, yet. For Saturday, its 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 for the market’s debut, shoppers will also find baked goods, Kettle Korn, Jeffs Italian Ice, Cloud Nine Brownies and the Highwire Ranchs organic buffalo and elk products.Local craft vendors will also hit the street; theyll be joined this year by bronze sculptor David Nelson and marble sculptor Cheryl Haddock.The Jeanne Walla Trio kicks off the markets slate of musical entertainment this season. The jazz combo will perform from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.The ever-popular cooking demonstrations by local chefs are scheduled to start up in July.The market runs through Oct. 29.Janet Urquharts e-mail address is