Chet Anderson, a Boulder native, has been farming for 30 years and is one of the founders of the 13th Street Boulder County Farmers’ Market. The market has grown since its beginning in 1987 when it included only seven farmers, to having more than 60 vendors and attracting upwards of 10,000 visitors on a busy day. Chet Anderson describes the growth of the market, some of the reasons for and milestones of that growth, and talks about some of the solutions being considered for one of the biggest challenges the market faced at the time of the interview – how to expand to accommodate more growers and provide a less-crowded experience for the public. Some of the reasons for the market’s success that he stresses include the fact that the Boulder market is a growers-only market, that social interactions for both the growers and the customers lend enjoyment to the market experience, and that older farmers act as mentors for the newer farmers.
This interview is part of a series about the Boulder County Farmers’ Market.
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