Colorado Farm and Art January Winter Market

Did you make it to the Colorado Farm and Art Winter Market at Ivywild School on Saturday?

My friend Lisa Pence commented on the coffee at the Principal's Office.  I wrote her comment on the chalkboard bar.

My friend Lisa Pence of Pence Design commented on the coffee at the Principal’s Office. I wrote her comment on the chalkboard bar.

A Saturday at Ivywild reminds me vaguely of Saturdays at the mall when I was a teenager, except it’s a thousand times better.  It’s best on the one Saturday a month when there is a Winter Market.  I like to start with coffee at the Principal’s office, roam around the Market and talk to the vendors about the wonderful things they make and grow, and then get lunch at The Meat Locker.

For some reason, I neglected to take a picture of lunch before I devoured it.  We'll have to settle for another picture of coffee.

For some reason, I neglected to take a picture of lunch before I devoured it. We’ll have to settle for a picture of espresso.

I learned this weekend that you can get lunch at Bristol Brewery too, on the other side of the school.

The Farm and Art Market is the only farmers’ market in Colorado Springs that only sells locally produced and grown goods.  Other markets might sell you something that grew in California or even a product made in China.  Not the Farm and Art Market!  You are guaranteed that your purchases came from Colorado and most of the time the person behind the table is the same person who made or grew it!

For example, this bacon-scented soy candle was made by H2Design owner , Holly Hamilton Dorgan.  We chatted about the uniqueness of her candles.

For example, this bacon-scented soy candle was made by H2Design owner , Holly Hamilton Dorgan. We chatted about the uniqueness of her candles.

I remembered to show up with a bag this time.  I swear every time I go that I’m not going to buy anything, but I always do and then have to carry them around in my hands.

The market might sell handmade tote bags made from recycled feed bags from Easter Egg Acres by summertime, but until then, it's best if I remember to bring my own.

The market might sell handmade tote bags made from recycled feed bags from Easter Egg Acres by summertime, but until then, it’s best if I remember to bring my own.

I was tempted by A Joyful Noise Farm‘s produce and eggs.

"Don't disappoint those hard working chickens!", says farmer Craig McHugh.  I'm the last person who would disappoint a chicken.

“Don’t disappoint those hard-working chickens!”, says farmer Craig McHugh. I’m the last person who would disappoint a chicken.

And Kami Coldiron of the Cheesecake Artist gave me a cheesecake to try!

It was a good marketing move and a generous thing to do.  I'll be back for more.

It was a good marketing move and a generous thing to do. I’ll be back for more.

The gym at the school was so full of vendors that they spilled out into the hallway.  You can catch the next market on Saturday Feb. 22 from 10AM – 2PM.  Don’t miss it!  And don’t forget to bring a bag!

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