Calling all gardeners, backyard chicken farmers, beekeepers and people with the odd fruit tree they neglect to pick every season — a farmers’ market is officially coming to Page.
The Chamber at Page Lake Powell alongside a handful of local citizens have come together to hoist up Page’s inaugural farmers’ market with funding assistance from the city of Page.
Beginning on June 3, the market will take place every Saturday until Oct. 28, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the John C. Memorial Park. A mere $25 will buy a season pass to set up shop; otherwise, an individual can pay $2 per week. All other fees and insurance have been paid through Coconino County by the city of Page.
“This is something the community has been asking for, so we wanted to make it accessible and inexpensive,” said chamber director and organizer for the market Judy Franz. “The pieces are coming together and we’re excited to see how it turns out.”
For now, Franz continued, the market will only accommodate for naturally grown raw goods. This includes items like honey, eggs, any and all fruits and veggies and flowers. Baked or cooked goods and arts and crafts are not allowed.
“But we’re thinking about adding them in the future,” Franz noted.
And while Page isn’t known for its arable farmland or crop-growing, like anywhere it is home to a plethora of green-thumbed backyard enthusiasts.
“We want people to know they don’t have to have a ton of stuff to bring in every day,” said Franz. “We figure not only does this help people [get their goods out], but it’s an opportunity for those of us who don’t grow to buy locally-sourced food. “
Franz also noted that without the help Rebecca Ware, Amanda Seyler, Holly and Annie Sullivan, Cathy Spellman, Bryan Bard, Judy Edwards, and Jeanneá Green, the market would not have happened.
“It wouldn’t have been possible without them,” she said. “This is a group of people that have come together and have been instrumental in getting this project off the ground.”
The chamber is looking for volunteers to help set up and monitor the market every Saturday. An official website and Facebook page will be up and running soon, said Franz.
Growers looking to set up a booth can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the chamber’s office located at 5 S. Lake Powell Blvd.