Friday, May 10, 2013

Leaders of Springs Public Market project look to 2015

Posted By on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM

The task force for the Colorado Springs Public Market project, which we last updated you on here, hosted a community meeting last night in the Tim Gill Center for Public Media.

To begin a brief recap with the highlight, check out the group's slick new promotional video:

And here's both sides of an informational flier provided: 3174_001.pdf 3173_001.pdf

The main thrust of the evening, aside from the steering committee providing more info on next steps and the overall vision, was to call for community support in the form of networking (first by signing up for the market's newsletter), helping develop the right vendors —"we're sure you won't be able to buy a Taco Bell product," joked Ranch Foods Direct head Mike Callicrate — and of course, donating.

As for the pressing question of when this will all come together, 2015 is looking like the realistic time.

And downtown is still the target spot for it all to come together, as part of a feasibility study presented showed a map of nearest grocery stores and markets, which aside from 7-Eleven, are all outside our epicenter. Click on the image below to view the map in a larger format.

Market share in the Springs.
  • Market share in the Springs.

Susan Gordon, from Venetucci Farm, was in attendance, and at one point spoke on how members of the Arkansas Valley Organic Growers had a similar vision for a public market like this 12 years ago — which is to say that CFAM is particularly excited for it to come together as well, as it could grow into a more permanent spot for their Wednesday market, which this year will take place at the Ivywild School.

Another sentiment struck upon by the presenters — an all-volunteer force that includes former congressional hopeful Dave Anderson, architect Bobby Hill and Melissa Marts of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado — was how the true focus isn't just on the market itself, the brick and mortar, but the people it would serve on all fronts: from growers who'd have a place to sell, to the community who'd gain one more access point to healthy food. And the town as a whole would benefit with the expected infusion of tourist dollars and a focal point of culture and activity.

Colorado Springs Public Market

An important question the market task force had to address prior to last night's meeting was how to lure members of the public to attend. Hence drinks provided by Bristol Brewing Company and Downtown Fine Spirits & Wines and small plates prepared by Pizzeria Rustica, the Old German Bakery and Full Circle Cuisine.

View more photos of that spread and the event as a whole (a handful shared by me) on the market's Facebook page; which, of course, is another great place to stay apprised of updates as the bold endeavor moves forward.

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