Plans are underway to open a weekly farmer’s market at the Livermore Community Hall, possibly as early as July 11.
Community Hall Board member Rene Lee cites the closing of Grant Farms, and the resultant long drive to town, as one of the prime motivations to create a fresh foods market to serve the communities of Livermore, Red Feather Lakes, Cherokee Park and such far-flung routes as Red Mountain Road. A survey of area residents produced strong positive support for the idea.
Lee and other board members are working to line up vendors, and point out that in addition to produce and other foods, they are also signing up artists and craft people listing such items as garden stepping stones, bird houses, aprons, wind chimes and wool fibers. LaPorte-based Gaia’s Farm and Gardens, opening a fresh produce stand on County Road 54G on June 8, plans on taking part in the market.
Livermore Community Hall is located at the junction of County Road 74E and the North Fork of the Poudre River. It is an unusual nonprofit organization, built by community labor on land donated by the Roberts Ranch in 1948. The building hosts community meetings and gatherings, such as dances, weddings and the annual Pie Auction that raises money for the Livermore school. Residents of the Livermore area can rent the building for any type of event at very low cost.
Currently, interested vendors may exhibit at the proposed farmer’s market for a one-time fee of $25 plus 5 percent of all sales. Most of the fee money will be dedicated to advertising. Lee can be reached at 970-221-0997 for more information.