Shopping at Crestone's Saturday Market is a blast! There's yummy homemade baked goods, plant starts, organic eggs, organic grass fed beef and lamb, seasonal organic produce, sprouts, handmade soaps, jewelry by local crafters, garage sale items, raw chocolate, erotic chocolate, handmade chocolate, exotic tea, green cosmetics and more. Sometimes there's drumming or middle eastern music. It's a party! It's a happening! Things change weekly. It's an adventure!
Sometimes you'll find home made bread, handmade tamales with organic ingredients, raw food patés, juices, smoothies, quiches and all sorts of pastries and baked good. Most of the vendors use organic ingredients and some even specialize in spelt––gluten free––goodies. All the produce and plant starts at the market are organic, and they've been grown locally.
The beef sold at the Saturday Market by Quintana Farms and George Whitten's ranch is raised in the San Luis Valley, their cattle eat only local grass, and animal waste is turned into fertilizer to keep the grasslands healthy. It's the natural cycle in its purest form. Grassfed beef is full of Omega 3 fatty acids and CLAs (conjugated linoleic acids). Omega 3s, usually found in fish oil, decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke; CLAs help fight inflammation and are anti-carcinogenic. These animals also enjoy a high quality of life, living on the land as they were intended to, not in close quarters and feedlots. This quality of life reduces stress, the need for antibiotics and the likelihood of disease.
A trip to Crestone's Saturday Market is like going to a bistro, a bakery, a health food store, a consignment store and a coffee shop or tea house. It, like everything else in Crestone, is a unique and satisfying experience. People from all over the world come through Crestone. It's an international community, but it's still just a small mountain village.