Farmers Market returns to Bancroft Park June 5

       The Westside Farmers Market will be back in Old Colorado City for its 17th year starting Saturday, June 5.
        About 30 vendors, selling the expected local fruits and vegetables as well as a range of other food products, will be set up and ready for business at 7 a.m. on South 24th Street between Pikes Peak Avenue and Colorado Avenue, according to Frank Schmidt.
       Schmidt, a Colorado Springs beekeeper, is president of the Pikes Peak Farmers Market. The non-profit organization also runs markets twice a week (Monday and Thursday) in Colorado Springs Memorial Park and Saturdays at Doherty High School.
       Fresh fruits and vegetables right now are bing cherries and “maybe some apricots,” Schmidt said. Vegetables that should be available are radishes, green onions and lettuce.
       Visitors can also browse through offerings of bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, coffee beans and Schmidt's honey.
        The market will last till about 1:30 p.m. each Saturday until around the end of October.
        Sellers will be coming in from the Pikes Peak region, as well as places such as Palisade, Platteville, Swink and Pueblo, Schmidt said.
       He took over managing the market six years ago from Betty Mull, who died May 19 after a long illness.
        The colorful Mull, known for her administrative skills and bright sense of humor, had started the Westside Farmers Market with the Old Colorado City Associates merchant group in 1988 as an offshoot of the downtown market that had initially been implemented by the CSU Extension Service.
       She was buried in Gunnison, according to Schmidt.

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