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To market, to market: Despite live music, season's first farmers market is slow -- but that's normal, say organizers, who expect things to pick up

June 18, 2014

By Brian Pearson, Colusa County Sun-Herald, Calif.

June 18--Despite a steady stream of people trickling in to visit the the dozen vendor booths there, the Colusa Certified Farmers Market -- held weekly on Thursdays for the first time this year -- got off to a relatively slow start this week.

The result is somewhat typical of the first few farmers markets of the year in Colusa, said Mark Miller, of Uncle Mark's Creations, who has been selling his woodwork at the Colusa Certified Farmer's Market for the past three years.

"The first few weeks are usually pretty slow," Miller said. Still, there is plenty of reason for optimism -- the market featured more vendors on Thursday than it has in years past.

The market this year features local vendors providing everything from popcorn, produce and cookies to hypoallergenic soap and tobacco education literature. All of the produce is locally grown -- and so too are Miller's recycled building materials.

"All of my products are made from recycled wood," Miller said, pointing to a wine rack made from wood -- emblazoned with SUNSWEET -- that was once used to dry prunes on.

"I really like working with this stuff," Miller said. "You get these unique patterns (from the prune juices), but it takes a lot of preparation to get them to look like this. The wine racks were really popular around Christmas time."

Miller brings something new to the table every year, and this year he unveiled a collection of miniature rocking chairs.

Toward the end of the farmers market, a considerable crowd -- around 60 people -- gathered around the stage at the park to watch the Terry Sheets Band play popular country tunes as a part of the Music in the Park series of concerts.

While a number of people who showed up for the concert made their way over to the market, there didn't appear to be a great deal of interchange between the two events. Still, the combiniation of the live music with the local farmers market on every other Thursday night promises to make for a great overall experience -- and a symbiotic relationship -- moving forward.

"There wasn't really a lot of crossover (with people coming over from the concert), but once they get the picture, the two should be a nice combo," said vendor Melissa Baikie-Rick, who is helping Linda Reynolds with organizing the farmers market.


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