Originally Published: July 17, 2018 6:55 p.m.
A brief 45 minutes from the opening of the Prescott Farmers Market in Granville, vendors and customers were scrambling for cover as torrential rain and wind swept through Prescott Valley Monday afternoon, July 16.
The “pop-up market” was scheduled to run from 3 to 6 p.m., but by 3:45 p.m., lightweight items were flying off tables and vendors were hanging on to their shade canopies.
Mary Delamore stopped at the “Sprout Guy’s” booth, Laird Maxwell.
“I hope they do this every week,” Delamore said, adding that she had already purchased a pot roast and fresh cucumber.
The Granville Community Center on Tuscany Way hosted the market which offered locally-grown vegetables, baked goods, eggs, meats, samosas, bread, and soaps. Shoppers’ vehicles filled the parking lot and spilled into the turn lane, with a PV Police Officer on site warning people to move their vehicles.
“It started off amazing; most vendors had broken $100 to $200 in the first 20 minutes,” said market manager JB Del Campo Tuesday, July 17. “If the weather didn’t happen the way it did, we could have had vendors sell out on items.”
Some vendors shade structure material was damaged by the strong winds, but there were no injuries, Del Campo said. “The storm was stronger than anticipated. These tents are easy to set up, but difficult to bring down (in windy conditions),” he added. “That’s why we have the criteria to have weights.”
The next scheduled pop-up market will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Coyote Springs Elementary School.
“A farmers market is a unique place,” Del Campo stated in a press release July 10 announcing the event. “It’s so much more than your regular grocery store. It’s a gathering place for delicious food grown, harvested, and cooked by our neighbors.”
The Prescott Farmers Market, which began in 1997, operates in several locations in the Quad-Cities. Customers can find the market open every Saturday morning in the Yavapai College parking lot from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Chino Valley hosts its market from 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday at Olsen’s Grain.
“As a vital part of the economy, the mission of Prescott Farmers Market is to support and expand local agriculture, cultivate a healthy community and increase access to affordable local food,” Del Campo said.
For more information, visit www.prescottfarmersmarket.org or call 928-713-1227.