October 9, 2012


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As fall farmers markets in Wyoming wrap up, a few Wyoming communities are bundling up for a winter push.


Cheyenne, Laramie and Riverton will all be offering residents and visitors a chance to shop for produce and other items at winter farmers markets.


“The winter markets have been wildly successful,” said Kim Porter, Farmers Market and Education Program manager for the Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness division. “Coming off our recent report on farmers markets’ economic impact on Wyoming, which is substantial, we encourage communities to think about winter markets in addition to markets they may offer during traditional seasons.”


In a recent report compiled by the Business Council’s Agribusiness Division, farmers markets contribute more than $1 million to Wyoming’s economy every year. Read more here: http://www.wyomingbusiness.org/news/article/farmers-markets-have-big-economic-impact-/6806


The Cheyenne Winter Farmers Market is in its fourth year, Laramie is holding its third annual winter market this year and Riverton will offer its second.


“Other communities are thinking about and working toward winter markets,” added Porter. “Gillette is close and may be holding its first winter market this year.” 


The Cheyenne market will occur Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, 2012, and Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 2, April 6 and May 4, 2013 inside the Cheyenne Historic Train Depot downtown. Laramie holds its winter markets in the Laramie Plains Civic Center Oct. 13 and Nov. 10, 2012. Riverton’s dates are not finalized at this time.


“The nice thing about winter markets is they offer the same produce as summer and fall markets, except they have a bigger offering of storage crops such as carrots, onions and potatoes,” said Porter. “And, if your community does not yet hold a winter market, there is a year-round online farmers market available to folks in southeast Wyoming.”


The Triple Crown Commodities Cooperative is an online farmers market focused on southeastern Wyoming including Albany, Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties. For more information on the Triple Crown Commodities Cooperative, visit: http://triplecrowncommoditiescooperative.com.


For more information on Wyoming farmers markets contact Kim Porter at 307.777.6319 or kim.porter@wyo.gov. Visit the Business Council’s online farmers market directory at: http://www.wyomingbusiness.org/program/farmers-markets/1302.


The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state’s assets. For more information, please visit www.wyomingbusiness.org.


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