Colorado is home to many great things, from winter sports to hiking, white-water rafting, biking trails or seeing urban sites. With all of these fun-packed outdoor local activities, Colorado residents are known to build up quiet the appetite for fresh food. Keep things local and check out Colorado’s various farmers markets. Stationed all over the state, these three markets provide some of the best vendors selling goods made right here under Colorado’s blue skies. Similarly, you can find farm-fresh produce from some of the most highly respected growers in the state.
Pete Palombo’s Roadside Market
13201 E 144th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601
This farm-based market, located just a few miles north of Denver, is open seven days a week from June through October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don’t expect a typical farmers market experience at Pete Palombo’s. You might not find a wide selection of artisan food or booth after booth of popular vendors, but upon arrival to the the dirt parking lot, you will find pure quality. With a wide-open selection of seasonal vegetables, guests should pay special attention to the various fresh peppers and the unbeatable corn, if available. Homemade salsas and tortillas are also sold, adding a bit of a punch to the scene. Bring along your friends and order your selection in bushel sizes for the most bang for your buck. Show up early in the day for the best variety and make this venture part of your routine to get continual fresh tastes on your dining room table. Pete Palombo also maintains a blog with frequent updates and advice on health, travel and weight loss.
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Highland Farmers Market
1500 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211
Denver’s Highlands neighborhood hosts an non-traditional weekly market: the Highland Farmers Market. Held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June through October, the market brings a hip street style that only a neighborhood like the Highlands could provide. Placed right in the middle of Boulder Street, this market draws a large crowd from the very supportive local restaurants (like Lola’s) that surround it. The street is packed full of local vendors selling a number of products. Produce includes vegetables, herbs and berries, to name a few, but changes every week with different vendors being featured. Sample a bit of that fresh taste in the garnishes that come with a bloody mary ordered from the beverage tent. The celery and pickled green beans, paired with a peppery bacon strip, is a great sample of the exuberant tastes offered for the palate. Rest assured that all purchases made at this market come from Colorado-raised farms. Beyond the produce, shoppers can find flowers, plants, seafood, eggs, poultry, honey and a variety of sauce. The DiFranco‘s home-made Italian sauce is simply amazing and one vendor that deserves a visit. Appropriately selling its goods in the old Italian neighborhood of Denver, this vendor at the market is a popular stop. See what all of the hype is about with a taste for yourself.
Olde Town Arvada Farmers Market
Olde Town Square
57th Ave and Olde Wadsworth Blvd
Arvada, CO 80002
Olde Town Square in Arvada is a vibrant little hot spot just west of Denver with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. The family-friendly atmosphere is perfect for one of the most enjoyable farmers markets the state has to offer. Each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Olde Town Square, fresh produce of tomatoes, peppers, corn, melons and every other seasonal fruit and vegetable one might imagine are sold. Cure that sweet tooth with a visit to the Morton’s Orchards tent. These farmers provide the best in peaches, cherries, apricots and nectarines raised in Palisade, Colorado. Visit its website to see when these fruits are their most ripe. Continue the walk down the rows to other produce options. Stock up on your favorite seasonal vegetables with a visit to the Miller Farms‘ tent. This family-run farm will show up with fresh crops like beets, alfalfa sprouts, squash, onions and carrots, amongst others. Are you a fan of the heirloom? If so, then stop by at the Star Acre Farms tent to get the best there is to offer in heirloom varieties of produce. Arvada hosts the most abundant of the markets in the area and can easily be your one-stop shop for all things produce. Include it in your schedule this summer for a whole different take on grocery shopping.
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Zack Christofferson is a freelance writer living in Denver. Deeply devoted to all things food and drink, Zack can be found tasting the best liquid and solid indulgences that Denver has to offer morning, noon and night. His work can be found Examiner.com