Chaffee County’s Farmers Markets are making their way toward the end of the 2009 season with many treats still in store. Residents and travelers seeking high quality food and artisan goods would do well to set one of the two markets as a weekend destination.
Buena Vista’s Market, held on East Main Street at Turner Farm, will see its final day this Sunday, September 13. By any account, the Market, in its inaugural year under the direction of both Buena Vista Heritage and the Central Colorado Foodshed Alliance (CCFA), was a huge success. Many vendors expressed surprise by the number of visitors and the amount of goods sold each week. Markets don’t generally do as well in their first year and such a performance bodes well for the future of cottage industries in the area.
Buena Vista’s final market, open from 11am – 3pm will feature the musical talents of The Local Old Time All Stars which amounts to a jam session open to all musicians who like Old Time music. This Market will also continue to provide hard-to-come by commodities such as Pony’s roasted chili’s, acquired locally and prepared on-site, as well as Papparadelle’s Pasta.
Salida’s Market, now in its third year under the management of the CCFA, has also performed well this year and looks to finish the season strong. The Market offers a variety of prepared foods including breakfast burritos and Pho soup, as well opportunities to experience a relaxing massage, delight in fresh baked artisan breads, snack on crisp fruits and vegetables, and generally enjoy the day in Alpine Park. Be sure to visit the Market on Saturday, September 19 to participate in special events held as part of the Colorado Mountain Plein Air Festival. The market is open from 8am – 12:30 pm. For more information, go to the CCFA website at www.ccfa.coop or call 719-207-2287.
Pappardelle’s Pasta, available only at the BV Market, is available through David Lynch, the owner of the local Buyer’s Club, Colorado Grown. Pappardelle’s is a self-described artisanal pasta made with the delicacy of an artist employing high quality ingredients.
Lynch says he’s proud to carry such pasta for a number of reasons.
“It’s a family owned business,” he said from his house just outside of Town. “They’re producing a handcrafted gourmet food product of high quality utilizing superior durum wheat and other ingredients. The pasta is almost exclusively sold at farmers markets throughout the country.”
Lynch promised he’s not just a salesman, he eats the product himself.
“My favorite is the lemon garlic because I like that flavor. All the pastas have a very unique flavor based on their ingredients, unlike the supermarket pastas which are bland. These pastas do not require sauce like the typical brands sold in supermarkets. By going online to check out their website, you can find recipes for every single one of the pastas. One of their interesting claims is that their pastas have been served to the Pope and served at the White House.
The multi-colored pastas sell for $8 per pound and, though available for just one more week at the Market, can be purchased from Colorado Grown, located at 15264 CR 350, every Saturday from 10-4. Lynch encouraged locals to come out and see the selection which includes meats and milk products from the only dairy in the central Colorado Mountains offering raw milk. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.