Cherries jubilee on Main Street

Newcomers join downtown Farmers Market

Tarrin George with the Red Barn Farm & Garden in Clifton with some of the fresh sweet cherries grown at Red Barn on the opening day of the American National Bank Downtown Farmers Market along Main Street in downtown GJ. The market will run each Thu. till Sept. 17th.

Curb-to-curb foot traffic flooded downtown Grand Junction on Thursday evening for the summer’s inaugural American National Bank Farmers Market.

Alongside the booths people know to look for each year stood a number of newcomers, including Dunn Rite Gourmet Beef Jerky. Flavorful strips of jerky in tiny sample bags flew off the table as co-owner Barb Dunn explained the jerky’s origins.

“It’s an old family recipe we’ve had for years,” Dunn said. “Everyone seemed to like it, so we decided to go public with it.”

The Dunns raise their own cattle and have the meat processed into jerky at Quality Meats, where people can buy it if they don’t want to wait for next Thursday.

One block away from Dunn Rite, Sue McGlothlin set up shop for her first year selling crafts and vegetables.

The vegetables aren’t ready yet, but McGlothlin had plenty of crafts, including lemonade and artichoke mixes in decorated bags, herbs in tin cans and a biscuit mix with a bottle of honey attached to it.

McGlothlin, who runs Gwen’s Garden and Frankie’s Flowers (named after her granddaughters), said she tries to use recycled items to contain or decorate her items, and she spends a lot of time thinking up ways to assemble her crafts.

“I don’t sleep much,” she said.

A number of new meat offerings appeared at the market this year, including Troyer Poultry, which provides chicken and will soon offer turkey, duck and goose meat as well.

Owner Steven Hostetler said the meat is healthier because the chickens are grain-fed and allowed to roam in the grass instead of sitting in a barn.

Hostetler admired the size of the crowd milling around Main Street.

“I think it’ll do well for us,” he said.


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