Sales sagging for farmers' market vendors
Last Updated: 15:33 September 26, 2013
While Boulder County Farmers Market officials said they have not collected all of the data from the Sept. 14 closure, there has been a "measurable downturn" from that date and subsequent market days, according to a press statement. Boulder County Farmers Market officials said they do not want to estimate how much sales revenue was lost because they haven't collected all of the data, yet.
This time of year, farmers can generate $5,000 in sales at a Saturday farmers market in Boulder or Longmont, said Mark Guttridge, co-owner of Ollin Farms in Longmont.
"There's literally thousands and thousands of dollars being lost by farmers, and it's the timing," Guttridge said. "August and September is when the farmers are making all of their income, so that peak season will be really tough for farmers to come back from."
Overall, Ollin Farms has seen about a 70 percent drop in sales, Guttridge said. Left Hand Creek runs through the farm's nine-acre property. While just one-half acre of crops was hit by flooding, Guttridge and his workers have been dealing with other cleanup and restoration issues, he said.
Across the board, 98 percent of all Boulder Farmers Market and Longmont Farmers Market vendors are back at the Wednesday and Saturday markets to sell their produce and other wares, according to information from the Boulder County Farmers Market, a local nonprofit group that manages the two markets.
At the Longmont Farmers Market, Ginger Cat Farm was the hardest hit, according to a Boulder County Farmers Market press release.
The Boulder market is located on 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. It's open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 16.
The market in Longmont is located at the Boulder County Fairgrounds at Hover Road and Boston Avenue in Longmont. It's open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 2. For more information, visit www.boulderfarmers.org.
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