At this time during the 2012 summer, the fresh vegetables are at their very best. There were boxes of organic peaches ready for canning or just munching on the spot. Most vendors bring organic produce grown on their small farms and from local gardens. There are also fresh baked goods from local certified home kitchens. Homemakers have successfully completed the new Colorado Food Act classes to turn their kitchens and their talents into the pick of the market!
VGail Vonderweidt, La Jara’s 2012 Farmer’s Market Site Manager, brought her artistic talents to this past week’s farmers market decorating faces with festive colors that last for days or wash off easily.
If the La Jara Farmers Market were the best kept secret in the San Luis Valley then this summer’s seven-week market program wouldn’t be quite this much fun. Come to La Jara’s Town Hall for fresh fruits and vegetables, for up-to-date activities and information happening in the Valley from the Conejos County Chamber of Commerce. Come for the free taste treats from the Healthy Habits MOKI table, and come for the great music presented each week. And, this wonderful Friday afternoon and evening market program in La Jara has been made possible by the support of Little Flickers of Capulin, Joe Valdez of La Jara Pharmacy, the Conejos County Chamber of Commerce, Circle K Mills, everyone from Cactus Hill Ag Consulting in Capulin and the town of La Jara.
This past Friday, Rose Viapando and Solomon Lopez, Las Cancioneros Del Valle, local singing favorites, brought magical musical sounds to the market. This Friday, Joshua Wohlrabe of Adams State University Music Department will bring his collection of drums from all parts of the globe for an exciting drum circle. The market will throb with the rhythms from around the world as everyone … yes, children too … is invited to pick up a drum and the join in the circle of fun. If you haven’t sat in on a drum circle then Friday will be your chance to experience the fun and Joshua makes it so easy by showing you how.
The market runs from 3:00 through 7:00 PM at the La Jara Town Hall. So, comejoin us for this week’s market, Friday August 10th from 3-7pm. The La Jara Farmers Market is conveniently located right in downtown La Jara on Broadway Avenue by the Town Hall. And, you’ll find this best kept Valley secret opens every Friday afternoon and evening through the 7th of September. New vendors are welcomed and more information can be had by phoning VGail or James at 719-589-6374.
The first La Jara Farmers Market this past Friday afternoon and evening got off to a great start with Donald Garcia entertaining everyone with his musical talents. There were many San Luis Valley vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, and beautiful locally made handcrafts! If you haven’t made it to the La Jara Farmers Market yet, be sure to mark your calendar for this Friday afternoon and evening—that’s 3:00 to 7:00 PM. The Farmers Market is located at the park by the La Jara Town Hall. The Town Hall Park is a perfect central location for market vendors and shoppers alike. There’s plenty of parking and it’s just a short walking distance to in-town businesses.
This Friday, Rose Viapando and Solomon Lopez of Las Cancioneros Del Valle will be performing at the market starting at 4:00 PM. Be sure to be on hand to enjoy their Spanish and Gospel favorites. In the upcoming weeks there will be other exciting performers. This season Lowdead Zaragoza and the Atomic Pork bands will bring lively entertainment to the La Jara Farmers Market. Later throughout the summer season, Paul Guzman, a new entertainer to the San Luis Valley from California, Kate Mann from New Mexico and Rhonda Mouser have promised to join the line-up of exciting musical performers.
The La Jara Market runs from 3:00 to 7:00 PM every Friday until the 7th of September. Don’t forget the market is conveniently located in downtown La Jara by the La Jara Town Hall.
Come out and enjoy meeting your friends and neighbors and support your local community producers at the La Jara Farmers Market!
For more information, or to become a vendor, you can call James Bird and VGail Vonderweidt at 589-6374. Buy Fresh! Buy Local! at the La Jara Farmers Market.