Open air market hits the streets in Boulder Creek
by Jordan Lewis
Sep 26, 2013 | 1190 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Boulder Creek Open Air Market has found a weekend niche in the mountains. 

The Saturday market launched mid-July to highlight local vendors and bring a new event to downtown Boulder Creek.

Originally called Boulder Creek Farmer’s Market, the Open Air Market now operates every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on the corner of Forest and Pine streets behind the music store in downtown Boulder Creek.

“It’s been really nice to see everyone come together on a regular basis, and provide a place to local vendors and artisans to share their products,” said co-founder Wendy Sigmund. 

The market is the brainchild of Rashell Tracey and Sigmund, two Boulder Creek neighbors who saw the need for regular community events in their own town. 

Tracey said they came up with the idea of a market in order to bring the community together on a regular basis and have something their children could grow up with. 

With their idea in hand, Tracey and Sigmund found local sponsorships from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and three other local businesses that sponsored the idea. To highlight the sponsors, banners featuring each, hangs at the market. 

The Boulder Creek Open Air Market is independent of Santa Cruz Farmer’s Markets, the outfit that runs the Felton Farmer’s market during the summertime, along with a handful of others in the county. Sigmund and Tracey consider the market an open air market because it features more than just produce and food, yet it runs in a similar manner to farmer’s markets in the county.

Now, already in its third month, the market has about 15 vendors, some who attend each week, and other who come every-other-week. Booths include Boulder Creek farm Camp Joy Gardens, Fox Hollow Cabruffins and the Honey Ladies, a San Jose-based honey seller.

Goods and produce are not the only features of the market.

“It’s a place for local musicians to play music as well,” Tracey said. 

This Saturday, Sept. 28 all the vendors will come together for one big open air market to accompany the downtown Boulder Creek Harvest Festival. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and features many different activities. The market will be open from Noon to 4 p.m.

Tracey said that the market’s Facebook page, Boulder Creek Farmer’s Market, has been a great resource from which they have received a lot of community support. 

“It’s more than anything we ever expected it to be,” she said. 

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