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Gilpin County Farmer’s Market

Brings fresh, local and fun to the Community Center

By Arwen Ek

Last July, the Holistic Homestead opened their bi-weekly produce pick-ups at the Gilpin Professional Building on Hwy 46 to local vendors, artisans and crafts folk. The Farmer’s Market started small, but has been growing steadily. The markets have featured hand-spun and dyed wool by Phylleri Ball of Three Sisters Weaving; Erin O’Brien with fresh baked breads and homemade jam of Mountain Magnolia Farm; Chris Hockley with Gilpin County grown tilapia and fresh eggs; local, raw, and unfiltered honey, and sustainably sourced/ organically produced olive oil and maple syrup from Don Willoughby (“the honey guy”); and Helene Arendt of CSB Metalsmith with her beautiful handmade jewelry.

As the Farmer’s Markets run concurrent with the Homestead’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick-ups, there is always an abundance of fresh, organic produce like zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, squash, apples, onions, potatoes, leafy greens, and seasonal fruits and veggies.

“While we don’t have a permanent storefront yet, this model is the best way to bring healthy food into Gilpin County. We depend on growing participation in our CSA and local vendors to make this a sustainable venture for the Homestead. We are proud to see Gilpin County recognizing this as an important community program, and hope that we can find a permanent location to keep it going for years to come.”

The Farmer’s Market doubled in size and participation in just a few short months, leaving the Homestead looking for a bigger space. Gilpin County stepped up and offered the Community Center for the market through the winter, recognizing the local demand and community-building potential of this program.

Come and be a part of this amazing home-grown Gilpin-style Farmer’s Market! Interested vendors and volunteers may e-mail: arwen@theholistichomestead.org. Sign up for the CSA or new Produce Delivery service at: http;//theholistichomestead.org. Upcoming dates for the Gilpin County Farmer’s Market are Saturdays: November 17th, December 8th, & December 22nd at the Gilpin County Community Center, 250 Norton Dr. from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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