For people who crave the freshest produce, farmers markets are often the first place they turn to find what they want. The Town of Elizabeth provides a local option for area residents
Shoppers at the Town of Elizabeth Farmers Market, which opened May 27 and runs through Sept. 30, can enjoy selections of fresh produce, pastries, honey, small livestock, household items and even educational goods.
On an average Saturday there are 10 vendors set up in the lot between Banner and Main streets. A total of 14 are registered to participate in the farmers market this season.
It is not a requirement to be an Elizabeth or Elbert County resident to set up shop at the Elizabeth Farmers Market.
“Colorado vendors are here,” said Quentin DeHann, volunteer marketing manager for the Elizabeth Farmer's Market, “and we don't care what you make. If you knit socks, we'd love to have you.”
“People can drop in one Saturday and set up a stand to see how they like it, then fill out an application when they make a decision for how many weeks they want to be here,” said DeHann, who lives in Elizabeth.
Vendors pay according to the number of days they sign up. For one to four Saturdays, it costs $15 per day.
“It's $65 for five Saturdays, $100 for 10, and $150 for all 16 Saturdays,” explained Community Development Director Grace Erickson.
Bangs Bunnies had a stand set up for two Saturdays. They sell Flemish giant rabbits, lionhead bunnies, bantam roosters, laying hens, beef and eggs, including goose eggs.
“Goose eggs work for people who are intolerant to regular eggs,” said owner Debra Bangs of Elbert.
For $20 someone can buy a chicken and have their own eggs. A rooster goes for $5.
Greg Caldwell of Elizabeth owns Greg's Gourmet Garden Specialties. He sets up a stand selling the surplus produce from his garden throughout the second half of the summer season.
“I raise it organically, but it isn't certified organic,” Caldwell said.
Another vendor selling homegrown produce is the Fruit Shak, which offers an array of fresh produce, breads, and honeycomb.
“No spray, it's fresh food. We're here every Saturday,” said owner and Aurora resident Nancy Kosoff.
“I love her her stuff. Her honey, in particular, is fabulous,” said Dana Beckman of Elizabeth.
In addition to homegrown items there are homemade goods.
Gidget Ternet is an independent consultant for Usborne Books and has a tent full of educational materials, many of which she has tried firsthand as a homeschool educator.
Another non-farmer vendor is seamstress Sharon Oliver (formerly Tagg), who owns Tagg's Rags & Bags.
Oliver sells her handmade wine bags, head wraps, skull caps and pooch coolers.
As she packed up her merchandise at the July 29 farmers market, Oliver said she is hopeful for an increased interest from area residents before the end of the summer.
“Today was very good,” DeHann said of the July 29 turnout.
“It's been gradually improving each and every year we've done it,” he said.
If you go
● Vendors accept cash, check, and most will accept bank cards.
● Open from 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 30, but closed Aug. 19
● Address: 165 Main St., Elizabeth (corner of Highway 86 and Main Street)
● Contact: Grace Erickson, 303-646-4166, or Quentin DeHann, 303-646-3307
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