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Farmers markets

Music, crafts and food at Edgewater market

Weekly event features live music to entertain shoppers

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Building the perfect farmers market requires endless fine-tuning to get the right mix of vendors, location and atmosphere.

Every year, Edgewater’s summer Market and Music program finds a way to change things up a little, and with a new location in the city’s historic shopping district at West 25th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard, organizer Anthony Murray is hoping this will be the market’s best year yet.

“When most people think of farmers market, they don’t think of Edgewater, but we’re really pushing to bring more and more people in,” Murray said. “We say the more the merrier, and since we started eight years ago, we’ve never stopped growing exponentially.”

The Music and Market will run 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 8, and features about 34 vendors, many of whom, like Chelsea Dunn, are sharing their passions with shoppers.

“My dream was to share the greeting cards I make out of recycled materials,” said Chelsea Dunn, owner of Paper Cuts Greeting Cards and in her second year setting up shop at Edgewater’s market. “I love the community aspect of farmers markets, and seeing all these organic goods people have made themselves.”

Edgewater’s market focuses more on crafts and created items, running the gamut from clothes and candles to handmade hammocks and stained glass.

“People only come to these markets to sell things they have a passion for,” Dunn said. “In a way, we’re all neighbors, because we’re all in this together.”

The market does provide several food stands for the hungry shopper. People can pick up freshly grown vegetables from Sprout City Farms, and stop by Healthy By Design for some fresh sauces, jams and jellies.

“We like to create unique combinations, like blueberry lemon lavender, and raspberry jalapeno,” said Lesley Mortimer, founder of the Arvada-based company. “I love coming to farmers market because it gives you the chance to talk to people, and inspires you to try new things.”

One of the biggest draws, both for vendors and shoppers, is the live music that comes along with every market. Every week features a new local performer or group, and Dunn said it gives everyone the feeling of being at a music festival.

“I like stopping by here because I want to support local markets,” said Edgewater resident Aaron Casey. “And with the music, it’s become something we all look forward to, especially because it’s so full of families.”

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