by Mary Cokenour
After a three-year hiatus, the Monticello Farmers Market has come back to this small town. Bayley Hedglin, Executive Director of the San Juan Chamber of Commerce, organized the event which took place in the rear parking area of the Monticello Welcome Center.
Featured vendors did not consist of only farmers, but craftspeople and food trucks with fruits, vegetables, canned goods, handmade jewelry, crafts and Green River melons.
From the hours of 5 to 8 p.m., locals and curious visitors were able to stock up on “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” and get a free cookbook from San Juan Health.
Los Tacho’s authentic Mexican held center stage, patrons waiting patiently in line for enchiladas, chile rellano, tacos, burritos and more.
Instead, I hula’d down to Benyaki’s to take my taste buds on a Hawaiian vacation, enjoying Kalua pork (shredded, moist pork with a sweet, savory taste), fried noodles, white rice and a thick, rich teriyaki sauce.
So I went home with a passenger seat full of veggies for slicing and dicing and refreshing melon for dessert after a delicious Hawaiian inspired dinner. …and to boot, I was able to order a 25 pound box of tomatoes from one of the farmers (name of Morgan); it’s homemade sauce making time!
The Farmers Market will occur twice more before the end of the fall season. Go to the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MonticelloFarmersVendorMarket/), like and make sure to follow to get notices on your Newsfeed.
Looking to become a vendor? Contact Bayley at 435-459-9700 for more information. “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” is showing support for our local farmers, it just makes perfect sense!