Downtown Grand Junction Farmers’ Market: Boosting Business
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- For the 10th year in a row, street vendors will flood downtown Grand Junction starting on Thursday for their annual farmers’ market.
Officials say nearly 5,000 people attend this market every Thursday.
The 15 week long event features up to 20 farmers and over 50 vendors all in which cash-in, in a big way.
“I have been there every year expect the first one,” said Bob Helmer, farmer and owner of Alida’s Fruits. “If I don’t average right about a thousand dollars a market, it’s been a failure.”
Though fresh produce is rather low this time of the year, for Helmer, he's excited to showcase some of his newest jams and other products that he's expecting to draw in some big bucks.
Downtown Grand Junction Marketing Director Aaron Hoffman says this community event is great exposure for the entire region.
“Aside from the sales that the farmers and the vendors get, a lot of our restaurants and shops in downtown report good sales on the night of,” said Hoffman.
Owner of Toys for the Fun of It Mike Allen is one of those who benefit from the large farmers’ market crowds.
“We get a lot of traffic for farmers’ market,” said Allen, who owns a shop in downtown. “I definitely see the cash register ring. So it’s a good thing.”
Since his store appeals to all ages and genders, Allen says it's just smart business to keeps his doors open late for the event.
“We literally could see a whole extra day’s worth of business at farmers’ market,” said Allen.
The market starts on Thursday at 5 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction and will run every Thursday until September 19th.