Sun-loving shoppers with a penchant for adventure can get a little of all three at the Breckenridge Sunday Market, which opens June 16 and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 8 (except for July 7 during the Mountain Art Festival).
Located at Main Street Station at the corner of Park Avenue and Main Street in Breckenridge, the market features an array of goods ranging from fresh produce, preserves, seafood and other food products to sports equipment and local and Fair Trade handicrafts.
It’s a picturesque shopping stop for locals and visitors alike, with views of Breckenridge Ski Resort and Maggie Pond serving as a backdrop for the open-air market. Locals often stop by to pick up their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares of fresh produce (or shop a la carte) from Miller Farms, or to pay a weekly visit to Uncle John’s Farm Stand, which features a revolving menu of food delivered fresh from Colorado farms.
Gift-shoppers can find a creative assortment of hand-crafted goods at the market too. At Dope on a Rope Soap, for example, there are hand-fashioned soaps in not only innocuous shapes like fish and sea horses, but also in the shape of a marijuana leaf. Climax Jerky sets up a booth where you can sample venison, buffalo, beef, elk, turkey and salmon jerky — all of which purveyor Brooke Comai said is fresh, and almost all of which is preservative-free — before you purchase. “This is a great souvenir for Summit County visitors and locals alike,” she said.
At A-Mark on the World, there are handmade, Fair Trade handbags, totes, baskets and scarves. “Our primary focus is Indonesia, but we also represent artisans in Southeast Asia, Africa, India, Egypt and Latin America,” said Phil Schilling, the company’s vice president. A-Mark adheres to the Fair Trade principles, which include creating opportunity for artisans, building their capacity to make a positive impact on their communities, respecting cultural identity, and cultivating environmental stewardship.
“Phil and Karen find women who make handbags and hats to help advance their families,” said Karin Bearnarth, who organizes the market. “That’s sort of a standard on what we try to get in here from other countries.”
At the same time, local Colorado products — some of which are made in Summit County — make a strong showing.
“Our candles are made in Summit County by Summit Countians,” said Bernadette Foley of Breckenridge Candle Cabin. “We designed our label after a little old miner's cabin we lived in up on Baldy Mountain. It had no heat or electricity or water, but it had lots of candles!” The candles are small enough to fit in luggage, and the containers can be reused or returned to the company for reuse.
For the health-conscious, a booth offering homemade coconut water is new to the market this year, and Taspen's Organics comes up from Conifer with its preservative- and synthetic-free herbs, essential oils, salves, tinctures, sunscreen, insect repellent, and bath and body products, along with organic food products, homeopathics, pet care products and other items from select vendors.
Simplicity Longboards returns this year too, offering shoppers a chance to test-drive the product, which Karin Bearnarth said was “a huge hit” last year. Alpine Sports, a local mom-and-pop shop with four Breckenridge locations, will have stand-up paddleboarding demonstrations and test-paddling on Maggie Pond with the help of certified instructors.
A children’s activity area and live local music round out the fun at the Breckenridge Sunday Market, which is now in its 11th year.
*Top photo by Chris Brewer of Uncle John's Farm Stand, which sells produce at the Breckenridge Sunday Market weekly, in addition to its roadside locations.