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Second Farmer’s Market may come true

Is Park City big enough for two Farmer’s Markets?

Volker Ritzinger, owner of Volker’s Bakery in Kamas and organizer of the Park City Farmer’s Market at Canyons Resort, thinks so.

He announced this week he was in negotiations with Canyons owner Vail Resorts to start up a second Farmer’s Market at Park City Mountain Resort next year.

"Vail, many years back, asked me to do a market in Colorado," Ritzinger told The Park Record last Wednesday. "Now they are here in Park City, and we were thinking that we’d want to do another market closer to town as well."

Since the market at Canyons is held every Wednesday throughout the summer and early autumn, Volker is thinking about an additional day of the week to hold the market a PCMR.

"We want to do Wednesday here at Canyons, and another market down there, but I don’t know what day, yet," he said. "We’re still working out the details. But that’s kind of the game plan. It will be lot of work, totally, but we need this to happen."

While Ritzinger is already making plans, Vail and Park City Mountain Resort are keeping quiet for the time being.

"We have no further information at this time," said PCMR Communications Manager Andy Miller.

Still, Ritzinger is excited about the plan.

"I think the Farmer’s Market should happen twice a week because it will benefit Park City and benefit the producers," he said.

In the meantime, Ritzinger has signed another three-year contract with Vail to keep the Wednesday Farmer’s Market at the Canyons cabriolet parking lot.

"They really like what we’re doing," Ritzinger said. "We like having a place like this to keep doing this."

As if to prove his point, he announced the market will continue next Wednesday, Nov. 5, from noon to 6 p.m.

"We usually close it down at the end of October, but I made the rounds and the farmers told me that they have more produce for one more week," Ritzinger said. "They’re farms that are south of Salt Lake didn’t get any frost, like many farms in the north. So, if they have stuff and want to sell, then we can’t let it go to waste."

Ritzinger has organized the Park City Farmer’s Market for more than 12 years and, as he did in the early days, he visits each farm to see what kind of produce and meats they have to offer.

"I look to see how things are grown and how the food is made," he said. "We try to stay away as much as we can from the genetically modified products, because we don’t want that anymore."

It was a little challenging to attract people to this year’s market because of the construction on S.R. 224, but Ritzinger found a solution.

"We directed people to an alternate route from White Pine Canyon Road, that runs right by St. Mary’s Catholic Church," Ritzinger said. "People can turn at the church and follow the road in. There’s a roundabout over there and they can drive right in."


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