This week’s market featured our annual cherry pit spitting contest! Each market had multiple contests, testing for both distance (who could spit their cherry pit the furthest) and accuracy (who could hit the gong from the furthest distance). The longest distance reached in Salida was 34 feet. In Buena Vista, Rafe of Colorado Grown, succeeded at not only beating Salida’s winning competition distance, but also last year’s record of 37 feet. Rafe set the CCFA’s cherry pit-spitting contest’s newest record of 39 feet. If you missed the action, the video below features some of the competition at the Salida market.
Musical Guests at this week’s market were:
Salida: Local Honey and Beth Longwell
Buena Vista: Beth Longwell
Local Food Recipe Contest: Kale
This week’s local food recipe contest ingredient is: Kale. What are your favorite ways to prepare kale? Post your recipe as a comment below for the chance to win 5 Market Bucks! Recipes must be posted by 5pm Friday to be considered. Make sure to include your name and email so we can contact you if you win!
Vendor Feature: Rosita Mary’s
Rosita Mary’s sells spritzers, lotions, soaps, and salves all handmade by Mary in Rosita, CO. Mary is a certified herbalist who has been studying herbs for more than 20 years. She considers herself a lifestyle herbalist – working to make all of her own medicines and sharing her remedies with others.
All of her products are made in small batches using only high quality ingredients. She sustainably harvests arnica and some of the other herbs used in her products wild from the mountains. Mary also grows some of the herbs used in her products, including calendula and comfrey.
In addition to harvesting or growing her own herbs, Mary raises her own bees using top bar hives (rectangular in shape). She uses the honey and wax that she harvests from her hives in some of her products, including one of her soaps.
You can find Rosita Mary’s both the Salida and Buena Vista Farmers Markets.