Wed, Feb. 19

Farmers market starts Thursday

Old Town Cottonwood's Farmers Market kicks off its summer season tomorrow and promises to deliver fresh produce and a fun atmosphere for the fifth year in a row.

The market allows local growers to gather and sell their fruits and vegetables. Arts and craft vendors are always on hand as well. Others come to sell honey, nuts and baked goods and there's also lots of music from area bands.

"It's a good time," said Cottonwood Community Development Director Jerry Owen. "It's a good family activity, good produce and good music."

Owen volunteers his time to help coordinate the market each year. The Cottonwood Old Town Association sponsors it with some help from the city.

Last year was a success for the event that gains more momentum each year.

"It was great," Owen said. "It's really become a kind of community gathering spot."

He said the markets have a "small-town feel" that allow neighbors to mingle, catch up and even get to know one another.

Owen said the number of vendors varies each week and new produce growers are always welcome. Those interested in selling can contact Owen at 634-5505.

The weekly Farmers Market will take place every Thursday night from 5 p.m. until dusk beginning tomorrow night and continuing to Oct. 13.

The gathering happens in Old Town Cottonwood in the parking lot adjacent to the Old Town movie theater and across the street from City Hall.

"It's our fifth year," Owen said. "It's grown and gotten bigger and better this year."

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