Children, adults and dogs alike beat the heat in the fountains in the middle of Olde Town Square. Local farmers and vendors border the square hawking everything from hand crafted pastries to locally …
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Children, adults and dogs alike beat the heat in the fountains in the middle of Olde Town Square. Local farmers and vendors border the square hawking everything from hand crafted pastries to locally grown seasonal produce. Live music plays as vendors exchange bits of advice on which peaches to buy with their customers.
Scorching heat on Sunday, July 8 failed to deter Arvada residents from attending the weekly Arvada Farmers Market. The farmers market typically draws around 2,500 to 3,000 people, according to market manager Kim Mudd.
“We try to make it so you can do your grocery shopping here,” Mudd said. “We try to provide all of the staples here.”
Currently, the market features two local Arvada farms: Star Acre Farms and Tower View FarmYard.
Mekayla Standefer and her husband Justin, owners of Tower View FarmYard, began farming when they went to New Zealand on their honeymoon and participated in a work exchange program where they learned to farm.
“We became interested in being self sufficient,” Standefer said. “It turned into making a living.”
Tower View is about one-sixth of an acre, but Standefer and her husband hope to expand in the future.
“I’m hoping I can quit my day job and become a full time farmer — dream job,” Standefer said.
Star Acre farms, owned by Nathan Brix, is in its fourth season at the farmers market. The farm sells mostly vegetables and heirloom tomatoes are its best seller, according to Brix. It also partners with orchards in Palisade, Colorado to sell the town’s famed peaches.
In addition to farmers, the market also draws food trucks and other food vendors.
“Arvada’s great — we like the vibe here and we see a lot of regulars,” said Jack Nelson, who works at Denver-based food truck Sweet Gold Juice Co.
“The reason we’re passionate about the farmers market is to support local business and community,” Mudd said. “We started with just our little Olde Town community, and now we bring people from all over the Front Range.”
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