EVANSTON — In spite of the rain and cold, the Evanston Farmers Market held its last event of the 2018 season on Thursday, Oct. 4. The planned bouncy house had to be canceled due to the rain. However, a huge box of pumpkins was provided with color crayons and marking pens so children could have fun painting faces on a pumpkin of their choice.
Adding to the excitement for the children were two very large “puppies” from the Uinta County Library. Michele Kallas and Courteney Nixon were dressed as Paw Patrol puppies and interacted with the numerous children celebrating the last market of 2018. Josh Kallas acted as “crowd control” and encouraged the children to shake hands with one of the puppies while his dad, Kevin Kallas, handed out little paw sticker tattoos to each child.
Some of the vendors who had participated all summer affirmed that the farmers market was successful for them and they will return next year. They said they hope their loyal customers will continue to support the event, that hopefully more local people will attend, and that more produce vendors will become involved.
Even though a few vendors said sales were down this year, they still think that overall it was a good year and they enjoy the opportunity to sell their products. They all thought the free evening concerts were a bonus for vendors and customers alike.
Jared Weeks of Weeks Berries of Paradise, Utah, said, “It is well worth our drive to be a part of the Evanston Farmers Market. We will return next year.”
The local vendors who stuck it out to the last night were: Brian Davis of Home Décor; Sara, Glen, Daniel, Joseph and Kirsten Maisey of Dads Famous Ice Cream; Tiko Heap and Amanda Cowan of Cowgirls Creations; Sally Davis and her Lemonade Stand and Ana’s on Main.
A new addition to the final market was a tent from Brigham Young University with young LDS missionaries handing out information.
Leanne Hutchinson stated that, originally, she and co-organizer Barb Martinez had a rule that no political or religious group would be allowed to have a space at the market.
“However,” Hutchinson added, “We were informed by the ACLU that it was illegal to deny anyone who wanted to pay for a space the right to be there. So there they are.”
Overall, this year’s market was another good year and Martinez and Hutchinson will continue the event.