Cue the overture to the “Sound of Music.” In the Telluride region, the hills are alive with the sound of chirping birds, babbling mountain streams, and the constant chatter of festivarians gathering weekly to enjoy the rich cultural bounty – and also the bounty offered up weekly in the Town of Mountain Village. Beginning June 15, the pedestrian-friendly Heritage Plaza once again comes alive with white tents and Colorado-proud vendors as the Market on the Plaza returns.
“We are happy to announce that not only are many of last year’s vendors returning, but also a number of new vendors, all conspiring to create an open air market offering a wide variety of products in an inspiring, fun atmosphere,” said Nichole Zangara Riley, director of marketing and business development for Mountain Village.
In its sixth year, the Market runs every Wednesday through August 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons can, of course, expect the basics: farm produce, including eggs, fruits and vegetables, goat milk and cheeses, jams and marmalades, and garden herbs and oils.
“Farmers come a long way to provide fresh, home-grown food to the community at our markets, and they rarely sell out. We invite all locals to come shop on Wednesdays so that our growers go home empty-handed,” explained Deanna Drew, director of environmental services and market coordinator for the town.
Heritage Plaza will also be dotted with less conventional purveyors selling leathers, jewelry, quilts, textiles, handmade soaps, balms and lotions, hand-carved wood items, healing products, custom pet supplies, and kitchen goods, among other items.
In addition, the Wilkinson Public Library plans to bring more entertainment and programming to Mountain Village Center; and Telluride EcoAdventures team will host a booth featuring free crafts and games for children.
“The library’s programming, beginning June 29, helps round out the market and gives patrons a fun dose of the unconventional,” explained Zangara Riley. “The market’s day-time entertainment includes youth activities like face-painting, a balloon artist, and summer games. In addition to the entertainment, the library will sell a wide variety of used books.”