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Chino Valley farmers find way to make sales even in colder weather

Dave Harris of Windswept Acres sells fresh pickled items as well as pork and lamb. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Dave Harris of Windswept Acres sells fresh pickled items as well as pork and lamb. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Though Chino Valley doesn’t have a farmers market in the winter, local farmers keep their livelihoods going selling their wares at the winter markets in Prescott.

Dave Harris of Windswept Acres said he and Pam Harris have not been able to make it to the market every week, but they have been doing pretty well. The two sell fresh pickled items as well as pork and lamb.

“We’ve been up on our meat,” Dave Harris said. “Whenever we have meat, we usually do a little bit better just because we have more stuff to sell.”

The two of them don’t really have to miss a beat when it comes to switching between summer and winter because they have been able to connect with growers down in the Valley, he said. They are able to keep getting all kinds of stuff that way, Dave Harris said.

“When they’re freezing out up here, they’re just planting down there,” he said.

One vendor who shifts focus for the winter market is Carol Bigham of Burnin’ Daylight Farm. During the summer, she’ll grow vegetables, but in the winter she moves into the greenhouse and will bring planters full of succulents.

She also sold birdhouses that she made herself for the Christmas season. One birdhouse would usually take her about four to five hours to make, Bigham said.

Other items Bigham usually sells during the winter are garlic and some baked goods including cupcakes and pies, she said.

“It keeps it interesting,” Bigham said. “You never know what I’m going to be bringing.”

For next Saturday’s market, she said she will have her baked goods and succulents.

Open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in the Prescott High School parking lot, 1050 Ruth St., Market Manager JB Del Campo said that Prescott’s Winter Farmers Market has been doing well this season. It has drawn an average of 20 to 30 vendors, and one week saw 42, Del Campo said.

“We still have everything you would want,” he said. “It’s probably one of our biggest winter seasons as of yet.”

The Prescott Winter Farmers Market runs through Saturday, May 4. The Chino Valley Summer Farmer Farmers Market will open back up later this year. For more information, visit www.prescottfarmersmarket.org.

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