Granby Farmers Market begins tonight |

Granby Farmers Market begins tonight

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

The Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the Third Annual Farmers Markets each Friday starting today, June 6, in Granby. The event is a great way to replenish your fresh fruits and vegetables, most of which are grown locally, and has become a popular shopping venture for both locals and visitors.

As of mid-March, Morales and other volunteers, assisted by a chamber committee, raised about $4,000 to bring back the popular market event to the community.

Each Friday, patrons will be treated to a free kids booth, lemonade stand, and homegrown and homemade treats from a variety of vendors. So far, those companies who will showcase their greens and wares are Morales Farms Inc. (vegetables and herbs) and Cold Springs Greenhouse of Granby (plants), Sweet Pea Produce of Steamboat Springs (fruits and vegetables), Our World Bakery (pastries and breads), Hungry Mother Organics (pasta, organic breads, pastries and beef), JR’s Grill (barbecue), The American and European Kitchen (German foods), Styria Catering (smoked salmon, dips, smoked trout), the Hot Sulphur Springs Soap Company (homemade soaps and bath salts), and the Grand Community Gardens will host ongoing gardening classes, share gardening tips and answer questions.

Tonight also marks the first of the event’s First Friday Frenzies, 4 to 8 p.m. Each first Friday of the month, the Farmers Market will offer a beer garden and wine tent, and will highlight live entertainment and musicians “for fabulous fun for family and friends,” said Carole Morales, local farmer who was instrumental in helping organize the market and vendors. (July’s First Friday Frenzy is scheduled July 11 to

accommodate the Fourth of July holiday.)

Local high-energy Irish band Claddagh is set to play a variety of tunes for the June 6 opening celebration. Musicians include Dennis Stafford, Sarah Clements, Becky Shaw, and Kathy and Dave Naples ” all “homegrown folks” dazzling audiences with at least 17 instruments. Stafford plays 12-string guitar, concertina, recorder, bodhran, spoons, and sings vocals. Clements plays fiddle, mandolin, tambourine and sings vocals. Shaw plays flute, piccolo, penny whistle, güiro, shaker, and sings vocals. Kathy plays flute, penny whistle, cavasa, and buffalo drum. Dave plays guitar, balalaika, percussion, udu, bodhran, djembe and sings lead vocals. Scott Simmons plays bass and lends vocals.

Other upcoming performances include band 3Wire of Steamboat Springs playing its blend of highcountry newgrass July 11, acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter Jeremy Dion performing progressive folk and rock Aug. 1; and “Doowop Dennie” Foley plays Sept. 5.

Event sponsors include the local US and Grand Mountain banks, the Java Lava Cafe, Mountain Parks Electric, Shadow Mountain Chiropractic, SaniKing, Daven Haven Backstreet Steakhouse, Title Company of the Rockies and the Sky-Hi Daily News.

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