A fresh taste is in the air.
The crabapple trees' pink confetti drifts over Main Avenue, the hummingbirds have returned and Durango Farmers Market begins its summer season Saturday.
The market is migrating south from its winter space at the Smiley Building back to the First National Bank parking lot. It will be open from 8 a.m to noon every Saturday through Oct. 31.
There will be one new prepared-food booth and several new produce vendors this year, according to DFM coordinator Peg Redford.
"We're going to be really cozy. It will be dynamic and colorful," she said.
She said the increase in vendors may include people who own land and want to grow crops to supplement their incomes, or those who want to market crops in a new venue.
"But I also think we have a really, really nice market, and more people want to be a part of that," she said.
The early-season markets may include potted plant starts, jams and preserves, spring greens, honey, cheeses, meats, baked goods and eggs. Three "Iron Chef" events are planned for July 25, Aug. 15, and Sept. 5. Local chefs will purchase and prepare food at the market in the friendly competition.
Regina Wells is returning to coordinate the children's booth activities, which will begin at the June 6 market.
The Wednesday Durango Farmers Market will continue this year, but it's migrating north. The mid-week markets, which will run from July 1 through Sept. 16, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the front parking lot at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.
Redford said the Wednesday market is a great venue for beginning growers as well as some of the cornerstones of the Saturday market. There also are "incubator booths" available at the market for backyard growers who have an excess crop to sell. These vendors don't need a business license, but they do pay taxes. They can sell their produce at the market twice, as long as they live within the five-county radius around Durango.
DFM bucks, a market currency, are still being sold and accepted in $5 increments at both markets this year. Some local employers, such as The Durango Herald, purchase the bucks as employee incentives to participate in company wellness plans. Food stamps also will be accepted at both markets this year.
Redford offers a friendly reminder that pets are not allowed at the Saturday and Wednesday markets.