The 17 Best Farmers Markets in Colorado
Kelty June 24, 2016

Farmers Markets have been on the rise in the past decade, especially here in Colorado.  The appeal of Farmers Markets is obvious – they give you the chance to buy fresh, locally grown produce straight from the source. But they’ve also grown into something more. In addition to fresh produce, you’ll find local baked goods, homemade soaps, jewelry and clothes, food trucks, and even live music. Not only can you buy your weekly groceries, but you can also enjoy a morning of shopping and entertainment. With all the markets throughout Colorado, it can be difficult to find the right one, so we’ve picked some of Colorado’s best Farmers Markets for you.

Hope you enjoy.

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Denver

  1. Cherry Creek Fresh MarketBlog-Farmers Market_9_Denver

http://coloradofreshmarkets.com/markets/

Location: Cherry Creek Shopping Center, E. 1st Ave. and University Blvd.

Season: May 7 – October 29, 2016 (Saturdays), June 15 – September 28, 2016 (Wednesdays)

Dates: Saturdays 8 AM – 1 PM, Wednesdays 9 AM – 1 PM

In the midst of its 19th season, Cherry Creek Fresh Market is Denver’s largest Farmers Market. In addition to browsing for fresh produce and artisan cheeses, check out this market’s live music, chef demonstrations, and gardening tips from Master Gardeners. You’ll head home with some new ideas for the kitchen and all the ingredients you need to whip up something delicious.

  1. City Park Esplanade Fresh Market

http://coloradofreshmarkets.com/markets/

Location: Sullivan Fountain, E. Colfax Ave. & Columbine St.

Season: June 5 – October 30, 2016

Dates: Sundays, 9 AM – 1 PM

Brought to you by the same creators as Cherry Creek Fresh Market, City Park Esplanade Fresh Market is also in its 19th season. One of this market’s biggest selling points is its location around the historic Sullivan Fountain, and it provides local growers and quality vendors akin to those at Cherry Creek Fresh Market.

  1. Le Jardin SecretDenverDowntown

http://www.denver.org/includes/calendar-of-events/Le-Jardin-Secret/29063/

Location: Bistro Vendome Courtyard

Season: Now through September 26, 2016

Dates: Saturdays, 10 AM – 1:30 PM

Le Jardin Secret’s French inspiration makes this market entirely unique. The market has some of everything, but no two vendors sell the same thing. Enjoy a mimosa while browsing for fresh steaks, bread, cheeses, and pastries.

  1. The Farmers Market at Highlands Square

https://www.facebook.com/FarmersMarketAtHighlandsSquare/

Location: 32nd Ave. and Lowell Blvd.

Season: June 5 – October 16, 2016

Dates: Sundays, 9 AM – 1 PM

Only in its third season, the Farmers Market at Highlands Square is quickly becoming one of Denver’s most notable Markets. The fresh produce and quality vendors are a given, but this market also features live music and some excellent drinks, including local craft beer, mimosas, and Bloody Marys.

  1. Stapleton Fresh Market

http://coloradofreshmarkets.com/markets/

Location: Stapleton Founders’ Green, E. 29th Ave. & Roslyn St.

Season: June 19 – October 16

Dates: Sundays, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Located on Founder’s Green, Stapleton Fresh Market provides quality produce, meat, and baked goods. Some highlights include excellent food trucks and freshly popped kettle corn. Look for gourmet options you won’t find in the grocery store.

  1. Union Station Farmer’s MarketTable of fresh produce at market

http://www.bcfm.org/union-station-farmers-market/

Location: Denver Union Station plaza

Season: June 4 – October 22, 2016

Dates: Saturdays, 9 AM – 2 PM

Check out Denver’s newest Farmers Market, located in the vibrant Union Station. Explore farm-fresh produce and meat while enjoying the newly renovated yet historic location.

  1. South Pearl Street Farmers Market

http://southpearlstreet.com/farmers-market/

Location: South Pearl Street, between Florida Ave. & Iowa Ave.

Season: May 15 – November 13, 2016

Dates: Sundays, 9 AM – 1 PM

The South Pearl Street Farmers Market is on South Pearl Street, a quaint street lined with shops and funky restaurants.  You can fill a bag with fresh fruits and veggies for $10, and the market features “Nibble at Noon,” a chef demonstration of recipes and cooking tips.

  1. Highlands Ranch Farmer’s and Street Market

http://www.denver.org/includes/calendar-of-events/Highlands-Ranch-Farmers-and-Street-Market/20958/

Location: Highlands Ranch Town Center

Season: May 8 – Oct. 30

Dates: Sundays, 10 AM – 2 PM

The Highlands Ranch market offers both a vibrant Farmers Market as well as a varied street market. You can browse farm-fresh produce and homemade breads, then explore everything from accessories to garden adornments.

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Fort Collins

  1. Larimer County Farmers MarketBlog-Farmers Market_7_Fort Collins

http://larimercountyfarmersmarket.org/

Location: Old Town – Oak & Mason

Season: Now through October 24, 2016

Dates: Saturdays, 8 AM – Noon

The oldest Farmers Market in northern Colorado remains a hit today. Larimer County Farmers Market is dog-friendly and features live music and Master Gardeners available for questions. Enjoy your shopping as well as some entertainment.

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Colorado Springs

  1. Colorado Springs Farmers MarketsBlog-Farmers Market_1_Colorado Springs

http://www.springsfarmersmarkets.com/

Locations: Northern Springs, Eastern Springs, & Monument

With locations throughout Colorado Springs, you’re bound to find what you want at any of the Colorado Springs Farmers Markets. If you’re lucky, you might get to listen to a local band while you browse.

  1. Colorado Farm & Art Market

http://www.farmandartmarket.com/

Locations: Margarita at Pine Creek

Seasons: June 11 – October 8, 2016

Dates: Saturdays, 9 AM – 1 PM

This Saturday market at Margarita at Pine Creek offers gourmet food, urban gardeners, Colorado farmers, and eye-catching crafts. Once you’ve finished shopping, have a meal on the Margarita patio with drinks and live music. The Colorado Farm and Art Market has also just opened a new Wednesday location on the grounds of the Colorado Springs Pioneer’s Museum, open from 3 PM to 7 PM through October.

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Boulder

  1. Saturday Boulder Farmers MarketBlog-Farmers Market_2_Boulder

http://www.bcfm.org/boulder-saturday/

Location: 13th street, between Canyon & Arapahoe

Season: April 2 – November 19, 2016

Dates: Saturdays, 8 AM – 2 PM

The Saturday Boulder Farmers Market has been around since 1987 and offers a long list of unique vendors, including Happy Leaf Kombucha and Monroe Organic Farms. It also includes an artisan show every second Saturday of the month, so make sure not to miss that. Its organizers, Boulder County Farmers Markets, also runs a location in Longmont and a Wednesday market in Boulder.

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Golden

  1. Golden Farmers MarketBlog-Farmers Market_6_Golden

http://visitgolden.com/golden-farmers-market/

Location: Parking lot west of the Golden Library on 10th & Illinois Streets

Season: June 4 – October 1, 2016

Dates: Saturdays, 8 AM – 1 PM

This season, Colorado Fresh Markets, which organizes Cherry Creek Fresh Market, City Park Esplanade Fresh Market, and Stapleton Fresh Market, will also manage the Golden Farmers Market. Based on the success of the other markets, we can expect the Golden Farmers Market to impress more than ever this season. This market includes picnic tables with umbrellas and activities for kids in addition to all the quality vendors. Check out the demos from Master Gardeners, and feel free to bring your dog along with you.

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Grand Junction

  1. River City Real Estate Downtown Farmers MarketBlog-Farmers Market_5_Grand Junction

https://downtowngj.org/signature-events/downtown-farmers-market/

Location: Downtown Grand Junction

Season: June 23 – September 15, 2016

Dates: Thursdays, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The River City Real Estate Downtown Farmers Market is one of Grand Junction’s signature events in the summer. The market features Colorado-based food, products, and art as well as weekly entertainment.

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Palisade

  1. Palisade Sunday Farmers MarketBlog-Farmers Market_3_Palisade

http://townofpalisade.org/departments/sunday-market-page

Location: Downtown Palisade on Third and Main Streets

Season: June 12 – September 25, 2016

Dates: Sundays, 10 AM – 2 PM

The Palisade Sunday Farmers Market features fresh produce, delicious food, and live music. If you’re there from 11:30-12:30, head to the Plaza for a unique chef demonstration.

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Montrose

  1. Montrose Farmers MarketBlog-Farmers Market_4_Montrose

http://montrosefarmersmarket.weebly.com/

Location: Centennial Plaza

Season: May 21 – October 28, 2016

Dates: Saturdays, 8:30 AM – 1 PM

At the Montrose Farmers Market, you’ll find seasonal food: asparagus and rhubarb in May, carrots and cucumbers from June to August, and apples and potatoes from September to November. Each week, you can browse for pies, bread, honey, and goats milk soap.

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Durango

  1. Durango Farmers MarketBlog-Farmers Market_8_Durango

http://www.durangofarmersmarket.com/about-us.html

Location: First National Bank parking lot, 259 West 9th Street

Season: May 14 – October 29, 2016

Dates: Saturdays, 8 AM – noon

If you are down in the South west corner of Colorado, go check out the Durango Farmers Market. This classic market features vendors who are required to produce their goods themselves. Additionally, all products at the market come from the surrounding five counties, so you know that everything Is local.

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A great way to enjoy a weekend morning while shopping for great food and getting to meet your local farmers, and your neighbors. Whether a French theme appeals to you or you’re more into great music, you’re bound to find the right one for you. If none of these markets appeal to you, there are plenty of others in Colorado. So grab your KELTY pack and go explore!