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Local appreciation month at Farmers Market

With September comes a quieter time in Pagosa. There are definitely fewer tourists walking the streets and fewer cars. You can get gas now without waiting in line.

After eight weeks of bustling Farmers Markets, even there the pace will be slower, the out of towners fewer. Chances are we won’t see folks from as far away as Barcelona, Spain or British Columbia even California or Louisiana as we have seen during the past weeks. September, then, is the time to show our local folks that we really appreciate their presence. The one thing that is not tapering off is our local harvest; it’s in full swing and locals will benefit from the abundance.

Another advantage to possessing a local ID is that the owner will receive a free raffle ticket to participate in our weekly raffle prizes. We will have a basket of fresh produce from our vendors to give away every week.

Then there are the special events. For example this week, Sept. 4, folks can enjoy a GrassRoots Meat all natural beef burger with chips and drink for only $4. A delicious bargain. Entertainment? In addition to our local musicians, this Saturday we will have a demonstration by Marshall White, World’s Strongest man competitor.

Next week, Sept. 11, in addition to the raffle prize and local musicians we will have a participatory demonstration by Aikido of the San Juans. Great fun for the kids.

Prizes, good eats, demonstrations, music, all add to the old fashioned fun of visiting with your neighbors as you do your shopping. However, there are other and rather serious reasons for shopping at your local farmers market:

• Instead of traveling an average of 1500 miles from the farm to your plate, local produce is harvested within a 30 mile radius, reducing our carbon footprint substantially.

• Because fresh produce spends less time in transport, it retains more of its nutritional value.

• Fresh produce tastes better!

• You are supporting the local economy; continued support over time will mean a larger selection and lower prices; statewide, buying local contributes $16 billion to the economy.

• Buying at your local farmers market, is your way of participating in the movement away from factory farms and their negative environmental and health effects that we read about every day in the newspaper.

Enough said. Be there. East end of the Ponderosa Lumber Company parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday of September.