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Basalt Sunday Market

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New this summer to the town of Basalt is the Basalt Sunday Market, modeled after similar events that have achieved a measure of success in Aspen and Carbondale in summers past. Running every Sunday rain or shine from June 21 to October 4, the Sunday Market takes over Midland Spur Road in downtown Basalt from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., transforming the street in front of Town Hall and the library into an open-air bazaar and community gathering place.

With a mission of creating sustainable vitality and supporting local businesses, the Sunday Market features an assortment of vendors from the Roaring Fork Valley and elsewhere in western Colorado pitching everything from coffee, baked goods, beef jerky and specialty goat cheeses to clothing, jewelry and other artwork. Fresh fruits and vegetables are in abundance, as are prepared foods and organic drinks, and there are even Italian ice and Hawaiian shaved ice stands for anyone looking to beat the heat.

In addition to its proximity to the downtown core, the Sunday Market benefits from being adjacent to Lion’s Park, a grassy swath with plenty of shade trees and an authentic railroad car that delights kids of all ages. The park is also an ideal spot for other activities associated with the market, such as the Zumba class, a mix of Brazilian dance, stretching and aerobics, that took over the space on a recent Sunday. Other happenings, which rotate from week to week, include cooking and planting demonstrations, kids activities and live musical acts.

In just a few short weeks, the Basalt Sunday Market has become very popular with midvalley locals, many of whom bike or walk into town for the event. If you live farther afield and need to drive, however, don’t worry. There is plenty of parking nearby that is free all day, and the RFTA bus stop in downtown Basalt deposits riders at Lion’s Park, mere steps away from the action. Public restrooms can be found in Lion’s Park, and all the other attractions of town are just a short walk away.

Though not as large as the Farmers Market that takes over downtown Aspen on Saturdays each summer, the Basalt Sunday Market has plenty of vendors and activities to appeal to locals and tourists alike, as well as a small-town vibe and friendly atmosphere that even the most jaded soul will appreciate. For more information, or to get involved as a vendor, visit www.basaltsundaymarket.com.