Colorado emphasizes on eating local, especially this harvest season
Following are some of the most bountiful farmers’ markets in Colorado, as compiled by the Colorado Tourist Board. More farmers’ markets from Alamosa to Woodland Park are listed on Colorado Farmers’ Market Association website. Curiously, the Boulder County Farmers’ Market, which spearheaded the movement, does not seem to belong the statewide association.
The Boulder County Farmer’ Markets in downtown Boulder offers locally grown vegetables, fruits, gourmet cheeses and wines at 50 stalls. Shoppers can also enjoy freshly prepared food and pastries by local chefs to get a glimpse of the menus at some of the area’s farm-to-table restaurants. Open Saturdays from the first Saturday in April until the third Saturday in November, plus a smaller version with local wine, beer and music on Wednesday nights from May through September.
The Gunnison Farmers’ Market provides local fruits, vegetables, fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, herbs and more. Activities for all ages include cooking demos, samples for lunch and breakfast from resident food vendors. Kids’ activities include painting with cherries, celebrating wildflowers, cooking from the garden and pumpkin carving. Saturdays from mid-June through early November.
The Golden Farmers’ Market brings together a wide variety of local produce, Colorado wines, hand-spun cheeses, freshly baked breads and more. The Jefferson County Master Gardeners provide weekly demos on topics including kids’ terrarium making, rock gardening and container vegetables. Visitors can also enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides and live music. Saturdays from the beginning of June through the beginning of October.
The Telluride Farmers’ Market gathers regional food from a 100-mile radius, including local bread, eggs, vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses and more. Also on hand local prepared food vendors along with music and presentations. The market is open Fridays beginning in June through the second week of October.
Cortez Farmers’ Market vendors from around the area bring their fresh offerings of meats, cheeses, fruits, peppers and other produce, honey, jams, jellies, home-made breakfast burritos and tamales. Visitors can also enjoy live music and arts and crafts. Saturdays from the beginning of June through the end of October.
The Youth Farmers’ Market program combines a joint effort between Slow Food Denver and Denver Urban Gardens that teaches students how to set up a market stand at their schools and sell produce from the school gardens and local farms to those within the school community. Students also learn about marketing, business management and seasonality of produce. Days and locations vary, but tend to be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Click here for a current schedule of upcoming markets.
The Minturn Market has grown to 115 vendors each week along with two live music stages and children’s activities. The market offers a variety of farm-fresh and organic produce, breakfast and lunch options and gourmet foods. Each summer, the market attracts over 45,000 people and runs on Saturdays from the end of June through mid-September.
US Highway 50 along the Arkansas River Valley through Otero County boasts a stretch of nine farmstands and small markets, most open daily and all showcasing the goods of the fertile land in the area that is known for corn and melons Highlights along the route include Lusk’s Farm Market on a farm that operating since the early 1900s; Hanagan’s Farm Market featuring “pick your own” chilies and tomatoes; Hirakata Farm Market, a fifth-generation family farm business known for Rocky Ford Melons; and Knapp’s Farm Market that also ships its fresh produce direct to consumers.