What are your favorite local foods recipes? We want to know and we are launching a contest to find out! Every week along with our farmers market report we will be asking you to submit your favorite recipe that highlights an ingredient that will be available at the market the following week. At the end of the week the market committee will pick a winner who will receive a prize of 5 Market Dollars. Market Dollars can be used throughout the market season at either the Salida or Buena Vista Farmers Market.
This week’s contest ingredient is cherries. To enter the contest, post your favorite cherry recipe as a comment below this post by 5pm on Friday (July 2). Make sure to include your full name and email when posting your comment so that we can contact you if you win. And please only post original recipes.
Farmers Market Report: Week 2
The second markets of the season were both successes! Both markets sold the first cherries of the season and featured musical guests: The Missing Parts. Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy even brought goats to the Buena Vista market! The Buena Vista market also has a new vendor, Nancy Dolan, offering massages on site. Now both markets offer you the ability to get a massage while you pick up fresh produce and bread, locally made pasta, handcrafted jewelry and artwork, soaps and herbal remedies, jerky, salsa, honey, prepared foods, and more!
If you missed The Missing Parts perform at the market this week, they will be performing again next week at both the Salida and Buena Vista markets. River Tribe drummers and dancers will also be performing at next Saturday’s market, so be sure to stop by! And, to make things better, cherries will be available again next week!
Pleasant Avenue Nursery’s booth at the Buena Vista farmers market is run by Kathleen Ludwig, Megan Fowler, and Sam Ludwig, three young adults working to earn some extra money for college. Pleasant Avenue Nursery is providing them with the plants and splitting the profits with them.
Kathleen and Sam’s grandfather, Jim Ludwig, started Pleasant Avenue Nursery over 20 years ago on their family’s land after he stopped working at Climax mine. Jim Ludwig’s intent in starting Pleasant Avenue Nursery was to grow plants that would survive at high altitude.
Pleasant Avenue Nursery grows about 95% of their plants on-site, only bringing in about 5% of its plants from other sources. They focus on providing their customers with plants that will grow in this climate and at this high elevation.
Kathleen, Megan, and Sam will be bringing plants to the Buena Vista farmer’s market for the next seven weeks. They aim to bring market customers plants that are native, drought tolerant and deer resistant, bringing a variety of annuals and edibles (herbs and vegetables). Plants available this week included mint, hops, rhubarb, zucchini, and bleeding hearts. Later in the season they will have raspberries, columbines, poppies, blue flax and more.