Ending on a good note

COTTONWOOD – The last Cottonwood Central Park Market of the season ended successfully Wednesday evening, marking a winning streak that lasted from June to October.

“The weather has been wonderful,” said Denise Aamodt, one of the organizers of the farmers market. “We haven’t had one bad week.”

The market was organized when Aamodt approached the city of Cottonwood and Jackie Turner at the Southwest Initiative Foundation last March as a venture for small farmers to sell fresh produce and homemade preserves, for craft workers to sell their wares and to foster a sense of community in the town.

By all accounts, is has been a resounding success, which will more than likely be repeated next year.

Mai Yang farms an acre of borrowed land outside of Lynd where she raises produce for market.

“You get to see a lot of new faces, and you don’t have to sit at home doing nothing,” Yang said.

Emma Wells of Cottonwood published a book of family recipes and stories which she sells with homemade sweaters at the market.

It’s been a lot of fun,” Wells said. “I hope we do it next year. I really admire the work the community has done. They’ve put a lot into it.”

Along with vendors there’s live music. On Wednesday, regular performer Jerry Ostensoe brought his band Jerry Ostensoe and the Strollers with him to wrap up the season.

“It’s lots more fun with music, crowds, the young and the old,” said produce vendor John Blake, who lives a few miles outside of Cottonwood.

Every week, the market has featured a meal prepared and served by a local church, youth group or sports team, with the proceeds going to the non-profit organization that organizes the markets.

Market vendors must register with the organizing committee to ensure the produce and preserves are home grown.

“We’ve had about 20 registered vendors,” Aamodt said. “We average about 12 and have had as many as 18. It’s just a great community event.”