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Pagosa Farmers Market starts July 10

Where can you find just-picked fruits and vegetables, fresh baked bread, grass-finished beef and lamb, and listen to live music, all at the same time and same place?

The Pagosa Farmers Market is ready to open this Saturday, July 10! Vendors and organizers are excited about the 2010 season. This year’s market will be in the parking lot of Ponderosa Lumber and Hardware, at 2435 Eagle Drive.

The Mission of the Pagosa Farmers Market is to provide a venue for local and regional food producers, and select non-food producers to sell their products to benefit our community and the earth.

Look for locally grown vegetables, fruit and herbs, locally raised beef and lamb, fresh breads and other baked goods. In addition to food items, vendors offer locally produced skin care products, herbal tinctures and fiber from locally-raised animals.

Returning from last year, the Pagosa Fiber Cooperative brings wool, alpaca, mohair and angora fibers direct from the farm.

Since last year, the Small Grower Cooperative has grown from 10 to 26 “backyard gardeners,” local non-commercial growers who bring their lovingly grown produce.

You can pick up dinner for Saturday night and the rest of the week, listen to some live local music, and visit with friends. The Pagosa Farmers Market is a great place to show your children where our food comes from, and talk to our local agricultural producers about how it is grown.

You can also pick up a copy of the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory, which lists farmers markets and farms across Colorado that you can visit if you are on the road this summer.

The Pagosa Farmers Market is a sub-committee of the Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and a member of the Colorado Farmers’ Market Association. For more information, visit www.sospagosa.org or call Lisa Jensen at 264-0430. If you would like to sign up to be a vendor, call Vendor Coordinator, Ilene Haykus, at 731-0553.

The best place to learn about the Pagosa Farmers Market is at market. Every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 10 through Sept. 25. Come on down for good food and fun.