Summer is here, and nothing says summertime in Colorado like an open-air market, especially amid the sun-soaked scenery that surrounds Mountain Village. Mountain Village’s pedestrian-friendly Heritage Plaza comes alive with tents each Wednesday beginning June 19 with vendors selling farm-fresh produce and food, crafts and health products and more for the annual Market on the Plaza. “Summer calls for outdoor community markets, and we invite locals and guests alike to come to Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village Center on Wednesdays to shop and to visit our brick and mortar merchants,” said Zoe Dohnal, Mountain Village’s business development and community engagement coordinator. “This is an exciting and historic year for Market on the Plaza. The addition of ten new vendors expands the market and brings a never-seen-before level of shopping diversity.” Now in its ninth year, Market on the Plaza is a vibrant local community market providing an avenue to support regional and local businesses that offer homegrown food and homemade products. The Market runs every Wednesday, June 19 through August 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. New this year, select market vendors will set up during the Sunset Concert Series with the Market at Sunset starting June 26 when the series begins. Music fans can peruse these offerings in Sunset Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday, June 26-Aug. 14. “The quality and quantity of offerings at the Market on the Plaza has been increasing and improving every year, and we are looking forward to our most robust Market ever this summer,” said Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez. “I’m excited about the increase in local produce, prepared foods and baked goods.” Shoppers can expect to find a bounty of farm produce, including eggs, fruits and vegetables, goat milk and cheeses, jams and marmalades, garden herbs and oils, and a wide variety of artisan crafts. Market on the Plaza also features leathers, jewelry, quilts, textiles, handmade soaps, balms and lotions, hand-carved wood items, healing products, custom pet supplies and kitchen goods, among other items. “I encourage everyone to come out and support the Market and our local farmers and merchants,” Benitez said. In addition, the town is partnering with the Wilkinson Public Library to bring more entertainment and programming to Mountain Village Center with music and face painting, and local law enforcement teams, the U.S. Forest Service and rotating non-profits will be on hand to answer questions about the community.
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