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Downtown farmers market starts Wednesday

May 15, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

Riverton's new downtown farmers market begins Wednesday, May 16.

From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday, a section of North Broadway Avenue off Main Street will be blocked off for vendors who want to sell a variety of fresh produce and crafts.

Market coordinator Sherry Shelley said everything is coming along smoothly for the first week of sales, and she looks forward to having the community come together for the weekly event.

"We will be the earliest farmers market in Riverton and will catch the early produce likes peas and broccoli," Shelley said. "We are really wanting to extend the market season."

Vendors from Sun Harvest Farms will have fresh asparagus, Wyoming Custom Meats will have a trailer full of fresh meat, and Kasper Greenhouse will have fresh cucumbers ready.

"I am still seeking vendors and would love to have a rhubarb seller," Shelley said. "There will be fresh spinach, mushrooms, baked goods, and I have even heard a rumor that there might be tomatoes."

The market is being coordinated by a new nonprofit group in Riverton called Fremont Local Foods that has gained the support from downtown businesses, the city, the chamber of commerce and Wind River Casino.

Shelley said the group is working on having musicians perform during the market and hoping to have a children's activity area each week with face painting, balloon animals, or any on-site activity for kids to enjoy.

"We really want this to be a family affair and something people enjoy coming to as they pick up fresh items for dinner," Shelley said.

The market also will have fresh food concessionaires who will be providing cooked dinners for families on the go who simply want to stop by and pick up something to take home.

"The fundamental goal of the market is to rebuild this local food network so people can buy locally grown foods and have fresh food for their families," Shelley said.

Anyone interested in being a vendor will be required to pay a $20 monthly fee or a $7 one-time fee. Vendors must provide their own tables (or pickup trucks) to set up in the designated area.

"We are wide open as far as allowing people to sell produce, and crafts are definitely welcome, but we really want local products," Shelley said.

For more information on being a vendor, call Shelley at 851-7152.

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