By Jesse Woodward

As the 2016 EcoSociety outdoor market season comes to a close it is nice to reflect on the year as a whole. This summer was a very a busy season in Nelson and that was great for all the EcoSociety markets and farmers selling produce at the markets. The Downtown Local Market on Baker St., which closed on Sep. 28, was a wonderful affair with lots of amazing fresh local produce on hand and ready to eat foods, along with an amazing spread of locally made arts and crafts. People just love strolling, eating, shopping and visiting on Baker St. when it is closed to vehicle traffic. Pedestrian streets are the best streets and we’re proud to help make a pedestrian street in Nelson one day each week during the summer with the Downtown Local Market.

Speaking of strolling on Baker St., it was an interesting year for the MarketFest events. June MarketFest was almost a total wash out as the rain poured down. There were some hardy vendors and attendees who braved the weather and came out to support this event. July and August MarketFest events were was much dryer and the events went off without a hitch. The crowds were huge, smiles were everywhere, and the music poured out into the night.

Cottonwood Community Market is in a transition phase as the old wooden stalls structures, that had been there for 30+ years, where taken down by the City for health and safety reasons. EcoSociety worked hard with vendors and the City to design and implement a new Cottonwood Market layout and infrastructure. When Cottonwood opened in May of this year it was apparent right away that the new design and setup was working well. The market space was more open and airy. The music could now be heard throughout the event space. People moved through the market much more easily, and with the new larger covered sitting area, enjoyed the weekly live music while being protected from the elements.

The Cottonwood Community Market will continue each Saturday from 9:30am-3pm, with the last market of the year taking place on Saturday, October 29. Come down and get your Thanksgiving harvest this Saturday!