One Crawford resident wants to see more activity happening in town, especially activity surrounding locally sourced and produced foods.
Rachel Schmitzer is fairly new to the area, but already has a good handle on the market for locally produced food. She operates a small farm on Fruitland Mesa and also works on another farm in Paonia. Last summer, from the harvest off her own farm, she sold at a farmer's market in the Marble area, and has lots of ideas from that market on how to showcase and promote Crawford-area producers.
She approached the Crawford town council last week and asked about starting up a farmer's market in town. She is proposing a weekly market to run June through October, and she offered to organize the event at Pioneer Park. She said the North Fork Valley, and Crawford, is filled with lots of creativity and ingenuity, citing food producers, artists and crafters as part of the bounty that can be highlighted at a farmer's market. She also said that a farmer's market would be a good way to further foster a sense of community, serve as a way for people to meet their neighbors, and serve as a way for people to talk about issues happening in the area.
The council members seemed excited about the idea, but told Schmitzer they wanted to be cautious moving forward. Their main concern is the town's liability for the event. She was directed to speak to the Pioneer Days committee to learn about how to insure such an event. Trustee Mike Tiedeman asked town staff to look into insuring the event through the town's insurance carrier, CIRSA.
"This sounds like a great idea and a great venture," said trustee Chriss Watters, who said such an event would bring new people to Crawford.
Schmitzer said she is willing to take on the bulk of the work to organize, set up and promote the market, but is looking for support from the town. "This is a really low risk operation and it can reap a lot of benefits," she told trustees.
She said she will check into the liability and insurance issue and will follow up with the council at a future meeting.