South Routt Farmers Market growing

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Shari Fink and Tracy Zuschlag thought it would be a good idea for their husbands to start running a regular farmers market from their business. But the guys, Tim Fink and Chris Zuschlag, nixed the idea.

"They were trying to build the nursery, so we decided that if it was going to happen, we were just going to have to make it happen ourselves, so we did," Shari Fink said.

But this month, the women saw their idea bear fruit -- literally. On Saturday morning, they hosted the second South Routt Farmers Market at the nursery, offering fresh produce, products and crafts.

The first market was July 23, and Fink said they have received an overwhelmingly positive res-ponse to it. There even were several people interested in getting involved.

The farmers market was born out of the women's desire to bring the community together to sample items from local artisans, fresh produce and to just have a good time.

"This is exactly how we pictured it," Shari Fink said.

The farmers market is held on the lawn next to the nursery and is canopied by giant cottonwood trees that provided morning shade for the vendors and shoppers.

People were selling a range of items, including natural soaps and bath salts, fresh herbs, squash, peaches, banana bread and even peanut butter dog treats.

Oak Creek resident Andrea Abrahamson made the tasty dog treats the night before and said that her dog, Boomer, definitely approved of them.

Abrahamson was a returning vendor and said she liked the market because of the social opportunity and the outlet for her creative side.

"This is a great thing, and it's nice to get to see everybody that you don't normally get to see," she said.

Abrahamson also was selling unique floral oil paintings, decorated bottles and homemade banana bread.

Fink likes being able to offer a local market so that people don't have to drive to Steamboat to get fresh produce. Even though Steamboat's farmers market -- also a new event this summer -- was the same weekend, she didn't see it as a problem.

"We're not here to serve Steamboat, we wanted to be really specific to South Routt and save people that drive," she said. She would like to see the market become an annual event. She and Tracy Zuschlag will evaluate the summer farmers market and decide whether to continue it into the fall.

Fink said she hopes people continue to come to the market and get involved, even though she doesn't see the market getting too much bigger.

"This is a great small community and, at this point, I don't see it outgrowing our little space," Fink said.

Suzie Lindstrom, of Oak Creek, was lugging around a cardboard box full of green beans, peaches and other produce. She was happy she decided to stop and check out the market.

"I think this is awesome, and it's good that it's so close," she said.

Lindstrom also brought her sister, Lisa Frooman, of Atlanta, to the market so she could sample some of what South Routt has to offer.

"I was trying to get some local things to bring back to my husband and children," she said.

The next South Routt farmers markets are planned for 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 13 and 27.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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