First Oak Creek Farmers’ Market is a success

Vendors and residents mingle at the first-ever Oak Creek Farmer’s Market on Sunday, June 19, 2022. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through September 4.
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Oak Creek’s first-ever Farmers’ Market kicked off on Sunday, June 19, with the promise of more fun and lively markets to come for the rest of the summer.

Just off Main Street were tents where vendors sold food, handicrafts and more, while customers were serenaded with live music.

Roz Rogers, owner of Crafty Bench, had a tent at the market where she sold her cowboy candy, cinnamon pickles, and custom hats, t-shirts, and earrings. She said she thinks the market is off to a good start.

“It’s been pretty good,” Rogers said. “Actually better than I expected.”

In addition to handcrafted items, like her Independence Day earrings, Rogers was pleased with the turnout and saw customers appreciate her products.

“I thought people would go for cowboy candies and pickles, but they bought hats and shirts and earrings for Fourth,” she said.

Cinnamon pickles are a southern recipe, Rogers explained, and she brought it to Oak Creek. Rather than the traditional salty pickles that people associate with pickles, these treats offer a sweet and tangy flavor, with just the right amount of crunch.

Rogers added that it plans to participate in markets throughout the summer.

“We’re here and we’re growing,” she said of the Oak Creek Farmer’s Market.

Matthew Rochon, community outreach program manager for Routt County Riders, was holding a booth for their bike donation and matching program.

“Once a month, we talk to people at Routt County Riders and match bikes with kids and adults who need them,” Rochon said.

He said he was enjoying the deal and thought RCR would be back for future events.

“It’s really neat,” Rochon said of the market. “They are doing a great job”

“Get down, put your bike on and get a tool,” he added.

Kayleen Cohen, Oak Creek resident and digital marketer, was also there, selling her handmade candles at the market. For Cohen, Magik Medicine Candles is her passion project, and she said she was thrilled with the reception it was getting.

“I’m here today hoping to see if people like this concept,” Cohen said. “It went very well.”

Her selection of candles included the “Magic Mama,” filled with sage, rose, chamomile and more, which are meant to help consumers channel divine feminine energy, Cohen said. It makes all of its candle products, which are sold in recycled containers like teacups and dishes.

“This is one of the first times I’ve invested in one of my creative hobbies,” she said.

Cohen added that she has lived in Oak Creek for five years now and was happy to see people at the market.

“I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be, so I’m really happy with how it’s going so far,” she said.

Rogers, who has also lived in Oak Creek for about five years, said she’s thrilled the farmers’ market is another thing that puts the town on the map.

“More people are moving here, and we like that,” Rogers said. “People here are real.”

James V. Payne