One thing sets the Old Colorado City Farmers Market apart from the others around El Paso County — it only sells produce, prepared foods like sausage and preserves, baked goods and a touch of honey.
“We’re not a flea market,” said Frank Schmidt, who started the Old Colorado City Farmers Market more than 30 years ago. “So many of them now, that’s all they are — they sell everything. We only sell local fruits, vegetables, baked goods.”
Schmidt himself uses the market to sell his locally produced honey. He said the business model makes sense and is wildly popular.
“I think it’s the best one in town,” he said. “And we have people from all over the city come down here. We appreciate the vendors, we appreciate the assistance of the Old Colorado City Association, and we appreciate our customers.”
Open in Bancroft Park on Colorado Avenue, the farmers market operates every Saturday from June through October, and is also known as the Pikes Peak Farmers Market.
According to the market’s website, Schmidt has been selling his products since 1979 — through many changes. For instance, in 2013, he had to move vendors off South 24th Street and into Bancroft Park — something he says people had to get used to.
Web: pikespeakfarmersmarket.com | Phone: 719-574-1283
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