Cross Orchards farmers market now open

The market connects Grand Valley residents to local vendors
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - The Farmers Market at Cross Orchards is up and running. Local vendors will be selling produce every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the outdoor museum on Patterson Road in Grand Junction.

Cross Orchards opened a little early this year. According to one farmer, customers seem to enjoy the chance to get farm-fresh produce. Heather Hawkins of Vista Orchard explained, “Yeah we have lots of supportive customers that come each year. We have produce available from mid-June to mid-October depending on how the season goes. We have lots of local vendors that come and sell different types of produce. We have Palisade peaches and vegetables.”

The market will run until October. According to Cross Orchards, connecting residents to local farmers highlights the importance of agriculture in Grand Valley history. Cross Orchards Curator Matt Darling detailed that, “The mission of the Cross Orchards Historic Site is it’s an agriculture and transportation museum. So it’s all about interpreting the agriculture and transportation history of the Grand Valley which, without those two, the Grand Valley would not have become the metropolitan area that it is, without all the agriculture.”

Visitors can get a better sense of the origins of the Grand Valley as well as pick up fresh produce. Despite the continued drought in the area, Vista Orchard has been able to keep its irrigation going and is planning on having a variety of crops at hand.

According to Hawkins, “So we’re typically a peach farmer but we branched out into growing vegetables as well. So we have fresh lettuce, bok choi, and turnips. As the season goes on we’ll have peaches and peppers and tomatoes and lot’s of other great stuff. We grow everything ourselves, and, it’s pretty fun.”

The Market on Main in Downtown Grand Junction starts up on June 24. Fruita and Palisade also have their own farmers markets. Palisade’s got under way last Sunday, and Fruita’s gets going on June 19.

While organizers foresee the market lasting until mid-October, it could be around until Halloween depending on how the growing season goes.

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