ONE VINE FAMILY: THE VINE MARKET AND BISTRO OPENS ON MAIN STREET, PROMOTES WEST SLOPE FARMS

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From left, chef Nick Rinne and two-year-old daughter Eva. Tyler Mize with wife Josie Anders-Mize and three-year-old daughter Emi, inside the Vine Maket and Bistro located at 347 Main Street in Montrose.

By William Woody

 

MONTROSE —There is something growing on Main Street that is wholesome, fresh and best of all, local. The Vine Market and Bistro opens Monday at 347 Main St. and the buzz around town has already been significant.

 

For locals, it’s just another chapter in a century-old legacy of local agriculture and the Anders family.

 

Under the tin ceiling inside, coolers, shelves and various containers hold cheese from Olathe, apple cider from the North Fork valley, meats from across Colorado and locally canned vegetables. All of this is showcased beneath historic photos, which are hung on the brick walls and depict family members working the earth since the early 1900s.

 

The market is designed to act as a “Farm Hub,” to promote local growers by shelving and marketing their goods for a larger, centralized, consumer audience.

 

“We provide the marketing and selling of a local, farmed product so they (farmers) can focus more on farming themselves, versus trying to grow and sell their products at the same time,” owner Tyler Mize said.

 

Mize and his wife Josie Anders-Mize, represent a young generation who wish to preserve and promote agriculture from across the Western Slope through their downtown location. Tyler is a Colorado transplant who grew up on a 200-acre eastern Tennessee tobacco and produce farm, Josie is the daughter of well-known Montrose farmer and merchant Mike Anders.

 

The pre-Thanksgiving opening is a chance to sell winter squash, potatoes, onions and various other products from 25 to 30 small farms that dot the Western Slope from Rifle to Colona.

 

“The market is set up with primarily local influence,” Mize said. “So I’d say 60 percent local and 40 percent outside. Obviously Colorado is a seasonal growing area.

 

Mize said the market will serve as a bridge between West Slope farms and local chefs who “don’t even know these farms and don’t know how to get in contact with them.”

 

If anything, the Vine is a tribute to the former Mike’s Market, a local market operated for years by Mike Anders on Miami Road. What made Mike’s Market so unique was the effort to educate consumers on local foods and cooking methods. For years, Anders taught classes all over town, his soups had cult followings, and macaroons were made fresh daily before he sold the market in 2000s.

 

When the time was right, Anders passed along the family’s one-to-two-acre plot on Miami Road to his daughters, Sara and Josie. Sara and her husband, local chef Nick Rinne, with Josie and Tyler, will continue to use their operation, La Familia Gardens, as an additional food provider.

 

Josie remembers fondly working with her father in Mike’s Market with her sister Sara.

 

“We grew up working in the market for my dad, he always had a positive reputation in the community, Anders-Mize said. “I think it’s really exciting, I’m very proud of Tyler for all the work he has done in moving this forward. Tyler was sort of trusted to take over those relationships with restaurants in Telluride and all of my dad’s accounts … just makes me really proud of him.

 

Anders-Mize said her father will continue to be involved in the market because of his years of institutional knowledge of local agriculture.

 

“He’s definitely been a mentor to us, and will continue to guide us,” Anders-Mize said.

 

Anders-Mize said the market will accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or SNAP, so low-income residents will have the option to explore and buy local ingredients.

 

“We want it to be a market for the entire community,” Anders-Mize said.

 

“A fine, affordable food market,” Mize said, adding that the Vine will continue the educational legacy of Mike’s Market by informing shoppers about the products they are buying and the farms they are buying from.

 

In addition to the market, a 38-seat restaurant will be located in the back portion of the building. The Bistro is a continuation of local chef Nick Rinne’s vision on Main Street. Rinne is moving from his current location on West Main Street into the Vine Market. Rinne said The Bistro will continue a Mediterranean style menu with a new breakfast menu.

 

“Breakfast, lunch and some early evening stuff like appetizers, sandwiches,” he said.

 

Rinne said by using produce from local farms, The Bistro will be able to use ingredients right from the display cases which will help promote local farms while making his dishes better.

 

The Vine Market and Bistro will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,  Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will be closed on Mondays until the restaurant opens in mid-January.

 

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