With summer almost gone, farmers market fades out
September 3, 2012
In Summit County, the start of September means the end of summer. There’s already a chill hanging in the air throughout the nights and early mornings, but for now, there’s still some of that nice summer sun to be enjoyed during the day.
That sun was out and brought some heat with it Friday at the last full Dillon Farmers Market. Since the kids have gone back to school, Friday was a little bit slower than mid-summer – Dillon events manager Matt Miano estimated mid-morning the day would bring 1,000-2,000 people as opposed to the 5,000-6,000 seen peak season – but people still seemed to fill the street.
“It’s always sad to see it go,” said Summit resident Judi West, who frequents the Dillon market during the summer. Some of her best purchases include dog bones, and the local honeys.
“It’s always fun to come, especially on a nice, bright sunny day,” West said, but admitted she is looking forward to winter.
A few of the repeat vendors said they haven’t seen as much business this year as previous years, but still, they’ve been having fun.
The weather has been great throughout the season in Dillon, and “overall, it’s been a great summer,” said Frank Guerrero, who comes over from Bailey to sell his fire-roasted mild, medium and hot chilies. He and his wife get to enjoy time together making and selling the chilies, and they get inspired at the market. Next year, the couple plans on adding dehydrated chilies to the menu.
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Anna Sones’ Higgles Ice Cream stand has been drawing people’s attention to her Summit County-made product all summer, and she’s been getting good responses back – some of the more unusual flavors she’s concocted for the market have been strawberry pop tart, coffee butter pecan and green tea.
A few of the new vendors this year, like Amy and Dean Turner of Sweet Legacies – they sell drinking chocolates, teas and scone and cookie mixes – and Earlaine Worel – who makes aprons, scarves and French coffee press covers from “upcycled” materials – said they’ve enjoyed the scene in Dillon this season.
“We love the weather, and the people are nice,” Amy Turner said. She and Dean recently moved to Colorado from Hawaii.
Worel, who’s hasn’t been there every week this season, said business has been pretty good when her space has been up and running.
Vendors and customers have been happy with the market this year, Miano said, noting that it has been amazing how the rain passed the market by every Friday this summer except for one, which helped draw the crowds in.
“The nice weather has definitely been a godsend for us,” Miano said. “It has been great.”