Update: They’re opening this Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 a.m.
After more than two years of work and preparation, a hardworking and creative local group will be opening The Vine Market and Bistro on Main Street in downtown Montrose, where the Great Harvest was located. The market will offer a wide variety of locally grown vegetables, artisan baked goods and farm to table dining.
“My dad, Mike Anders, just physically didn’t want to do the farming any more,” said Josie Anders-Mize,” and he asked my husband, Tyler, if he would be interested in learning how to farm and taking over some his restaurant accounts.” Mike’s offer was intriguing and Tyler has become the driving force in this dream.
Tyler started shadowing Mike and learning farming two summers ago. They grew mixed greens, baby chard, bok choy, baby lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins. Tyler decided he wanted to do the Farmer’s Market and built a mobile wagon to transport the produce. They named the business La Familia Gardens because of the family roots in it and also because of the relationships he was building with farmers around the valley.
Those who were Montrose residents in the late ’90s/early 2000s will remember Mike’s Market on E. Miami near Hillcrest. Mike Anders sold farm fresh produce from his farm up the road, as well as fresh bread and baked goods,sandwiches and daily soups. The Vine and La Familia Gardens are his legacy.
They’re working hard to have The Vine open at the end of November. Chef Nick Rinne of the Bistro will come on in January with breakfast and lunch. He will move his restaurant from the West Main location to the new one at Main and Cascade. “We’re adding breakfast service and increasing our catering,” said Rinne. “Dinner will be available to customers who come to shop at the market in the evening hours. It will be fine food at an affordable price.”