What do you do?
Frank Schmidt

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I am president of the Pikes Peak Farmers Market. Itís a non-profit corporation.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       I organize the four farmersí markets that we sponsor during the summertime. Basically, I deal with the city for the location in Old Colorado City (Sat.); with City Parks for the two days in Memorial Park (Mon. & Thurs.); and School District 11 for the Doherty High School location (Sat.), which my son-in-law oversees.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
        Iíve been president for eight years. Iíve been a part of the Farmersí Market since it started 18 years ago, selling honey (Iíve been a beekeeper for about 25 years).
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       Itís very satisfying work and enjoyable dealing with farmers and vendors that participate in all of our farmersí markets. Also, the customers that we serve are genuinely appreciative of what we do. They like the fact that they are getting fresh produce.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       You canít change the weather; otherwise, itíd be nice to have the market year round. As far as Old Colorado City, it would be nice to have more space and more vendors.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       I was previously employed in the civil service and have been on the Farmersí Market board for 10 years. Those experiences pretty much prepared me for the bureaucracy involved in running the market and dealing with the public.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       I think the whole atmosphere of the Westside with the trees and the park and the festive atmosphere has made it our favorite market. Itís a pleasure working over here.

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