No matter where you’re living in Denver or the surrounding area, chances are good you’ll be close to a farmers market. People in Colorado love local produce and goods, and farmers markets out here often turn into festival-scale events, complete with live entertainment.

Denver farmers markets are great for picking up weekly produce and flowering plants, but they also sell unique items you won’t find in most grocery stores, such as:

·       Local honey.
·       Locally harvested sage and sweetgrass bundles. (People burn these like incense and use them to purify their spaces.)
·       Baked goods, and mixes for home baking.
·       Coffee—you can get a cup or take home a fresh bag.
·       Wine from vineyards in Colorado’s burgeoning wine region.
·       Jewelry by Denver area artisans
·       Fresh-squeezed juice by the cup or by the bottle.
·       Locally-grown mushrooms (which are very affordable by the bag).
·       Fresh jellies, preserves, and salsas.
·       Fresh pastas ready for cooking.
·       Local granola and ice cream.
·       Fresh Colorado cheeses, including rich goat cheese.
·       Organic clothing.

As we mentioned, farmers markets in Colorado are almost ubiquitous, but here are a few worth checking out if you’re planning on living in Denver:

The Cherry Creek Fresh Market

Cherry Creek is one of the most popular shopping centers in Denver, so it stands to reason that their farmers market is one of the largest and most popular in the Denver area. It’s even been called “the Cadillac of farmers markets.” It runs every Saturday from May through October, 8 am to 1 pm; it also runs Wednesdays from June through September. Early in the season is best for produce like asparagus, rhubarb, and lettuce. As summer leans toward fall, you’ll find cherries, Colorado peaches, apples, and berries. It’s also a great place to get local, hormone-free meats, and raw dairy.

The Boulder Farmers Market

The Boulder Farmers Market was started by a few local farmers in 1986, including Grandpa Munson, whose vegetable booth is still one of the most popular at the event. The Boulder market takes place April to November, Wednesdays from 4 pm to 8 pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm. It’s held right next to Boulder Creek, under the shelter of leafy trees, which helps keep the area cool during the hottest Colorado summer days. It’s only minutes from Boulder’s downtown Pearl St., where you’ll find more shopping, eats, and performances.

Highlands Ranch Farmers Market

Highlands Ranch is about 24 miles south of Denver. They host a fantastic farmers market that’s great for late risers—it starts at 10 am and runs through 2 pm on Sundays, so you can sleep in and still get the best pick of the harvest. Over 30 vendors gather every Sunday from May through October, selling local crops, prepared food, and even goods like safe cookware and garden ornaments.

Here’s a list of Colorado communities that host farmers markets. It’s by no means definitive—there are over 50 farmers markets in the Denver area alone—but it gives you an idea of what’s available to people living in the area.

·       Arvada
·       Aurora
·       Boulder
·       Castle Rock
·       Cherry Creek
·       Colorado Springs
·       Downtown Denver
·       Englewood
·       Evergreen
·       Fort Collins
·       Golden
·       Greenwood Village
·       Highlands Ranch
·       Lafayette
·       Lakewood
·       Littleton
·       Longmont
·       Louisville
·       Loveland
·       Monument
·       Northglenn
·       Parker
·       Stapleton
·       Thornton
·       Westminster
·       Wheat Ridge