Half a season left for Farmers Market
Monsoons make market a challenge, director of community outreach says
There’s only a few weeks left for this year’s Chino Valley Summer Farmers Market as it moves into the second half of its season.
One challenge to this season’s market has been the weather and afternoon monsoons, said Director of Community Outreach Kelley Villa. With storms rolling in around 2:30 p.m. when the market opens only half an hour later, vendors usually have to make the call whether or not they’ll open, Villa said.
“Usually the weather clears up and folks are out there selling great stuff,” she said. “Every other week, we have pickled products and pork.”
The Chino Valley Summer Farmers Market continues to be located at Olsen’s Grain, 344 Highway 69 and is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Thursday, Oct. 25. Along with the pickled products and pork that are available every other week, people can find produce, tamales, baked goods and more.
Pam and Dave Harris of Windswept Acres said they’ve had a pretty good season, though they’ve missed a couple of weeks due to illness. Early awareness about the market helped draw people to it but the season does seem to dwindle down a little bit every year, Pam Harris said. Still, now that it’s later in the season, the farmers in Paulden and the local area are getting their crops harvested, Dave Harris said. Further, Pam Harris said in the second half of the season, Windswept Acres will have a lot of lamb and more of their new horseradish pickle as well as the habanero pickle.
“I’ve got quite a lot of cucumbers from Hassayampa Vineyard,” she said. “Cucumbers and okra are what’s coming off real big from our growers.”
The market definitely always needs people to support it, Villa said. If they haven’t checked it out, they should and even if they already have, they should keep coming to the market, she said.
“Things change seasonally, vegetables are always changing,” Villa said. “Last week there were strawberries and fruit is like a rarer part of the market in general because fruit is challenging to grow at this elevation.”
For more information about the Chino Valley Summer Farmers Market, visit www.prescottfarmersmarket.org.