Produce stand brings quality to market


Windsor Beacon Newspaper;  Friday, July 18, 2008


She calls herself "peach snobby."

And only because she wants the best quality of product for her customers.

 LeighAnn Scofield of Loveland, along with her daughter Mariah, are out every Tuesday at the Windsor Farmers' Market selling their version of the best hand-picked fruits.

 It's their Palisade Peach tent in the Windsor Community Recreation Center parking lot where customers will find fresh peaches, cherries and apricots. And coming in August, the Rocky Ford melons.

 "We are picky," Scofield said. "We don't get the cheapest peach. We have three vendors or peach growers in Grand Junction that we deal with, and they have high-end products, so there are some high expectations."

 Scofield said it's a humorous story of how she got started in the produce business. She took a trip with her girlfriends to Glenwood Springs and found herself hollering at a man out of the window of her car who was picking peaches for his family. That man later became her husband.

 "I (then began) helping his parents out and that's how we got started. That was in 1992," she said.

 Since then, Scofield has been bringing produce to markets in Estes Park and Windsor.

 "It's the country bumpkin part that I like. I live in the city and it's good to get out," Scofield said about why she enjoys the markets.

 The most popular product at her stand is the peach. Scofield has peaches to eat and some ready for jellies and jams. She recommends all residents stop by her tent and buy a sample.

 "It's that high-end quality. You get what you pay for," Scofield said. "We are peach snobby and always try to get the best quality."

 Scofield believes her prices for all products are very competitive.

 "Everybody is so sick and tired of hearing about gas prices. They are tired of hearing about passing the buck," she said. "We are doing what we can. We are trying to make everybody happy."

 Scofield said she attended the Windsor market about two years ago. This year she believes the traffic has picked up and hopes it continues through September.

 "We hope to have fresh product over here for people (every Tuesday) and get the farmers' market back in the swing of things here in Windsor," Scofield said.