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Summer in Denver means heat, hiking boots, and, of course, farmers markets! And we’re lucky in Colorado to have growers all over the state bringing us fresh greens, high-quality meat, ripe tomatoes, and yes, those juicy Palisade peaches.
To set you out with a gameplan, we’ve rounded up a list of markets all over the city that bring us the best from local growers, ranchers, and makers so you can cut out the middleman and get your goods straight from the source.
Part of the Boulder County Farmers Market system, the Union Station Farmers Market sets up weekly (on Saturdays) right in front of Union Station from May to October. Take the bus or train and get dropped off right in the heart of the market. Heck, make a day of it and stick around for brunch at Snooze.
Playing on the quaint but energetic vibe of South Pearl Street, the South Pearl market held on Sundays from May to November is one you’ll want to hang around all morning. And you really can — the rows of farmers, ranchers, and makers seem endless, and the market is open 9am to 1pm. And don't miss the special events during the season, like flea markets, car shows, pet adoptions, and chili cook-offs.
For over 20 years, the City Park Esplanade Fresh Market has gathered around Sullivan Fountain (near E. Colfax and Columbine). Vendors may vary, but the huge variety, fun vibe, and classic City Park views don’t. This is a Sunday staple, open from 9am to 1pm June through October.
The Metro Denver Farmers Market makes its way across the city and through the ‘burbs with a market nearly every day of the week. Vendors always vary by the location, but variety never disappoints. Fitt Tip: follow your favorites on social media to see where they’re setting up shop next! They’ll probably give you a sneak peek of what’s in season, too! This summer, find them in Littleton on Wednesdays, 10am to 2pm, in Lakewood on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, at Southwest Plaza also on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm, and in Highlands Ranch on Sundays, 10am to 2pm.
Okay, so maybe a farmers market in a Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot isn’t the coolest setting, but the brunch-time and lunch-time eats make this one worthwhile. Alongside the tables of fresh produce are local makers whipping up everything from empanadas to pierogies on summer Wednesdays and Saturdays. And despite the paid parking around the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, parking is free during the market!
The Stapleton Fresh Market happens weekly on Sunday mornings at the Founders Green. Farmers and food trucks line the streets, but what sets this one apart from the rest is the huge open space to hang around and chill or enjoy your local eats. Fill up a tote with fresh fruits and veggies from June to October.
The newest Colorado Fresh Market on the block, RiNo's edition started purveying for the first time in 2019. Of all the CFMs, however, RiNo Fresh Market has the most unique location. Set up in the new Boxyard Park, you get strictly-seasonal produce , freshly picked that morning by local, high-quality, and organic growers Ela Family Farms and Domenico Farms — but you also can take advantage of the development's dog park or food truck corral. Looks like you have a new favorite hangout on summer Saturdays.
Community is everything to the 40 West Farmers’ Market in Lakewood (open June to October). Not only are they selling clean, green produce and goods at affordable prices, but they’re helping out those that might not have enough to eat. Add in the fact that they compost everything and you’ve got the perfect feel-good Saturday. Fitt Tip: there's a free yoga class every week from 10am to 10:30am.
Nothing’s sweeter than the Four Seasons market in Wheat Ridge. Obviously, that’s an easy plug for the annual Spring Bee and Honey Festival and the Colorado Honey Festival. But it’s also the opportunity meet the farmers, purveyors, and crafters who make Colorado proud. They have regular indoor shop hours year-round Tuesday through Sunday, but their official outdoor market day is every Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
For about 20 years now, the Evergreen Farmers’ Market has locked down Tuesdays, rain or shine, at Evergreen Country Day School. Stock your pantry with fresh produce and goods for the week from June to August, and if you’re feeling wild, take up a hula hoop with the kids to blow of some weekday steam.
The new RiNo Farmers Market, not to be confused with the new RiNo Fresh Market, is holding it down at the EXDO Event Center every Sunday from June to September. And the ultra-fresh produce comes from an ultra-reliable source: Miller Farms. They've been farming up north in Platteville since 1949, always celebrating the season with world-class potatoes, carrots, corn, and so much more. Bonus: this farmers market has a beer and mimosa garden.
Highlands Farmers Market in Highlands Square is really coming on strong. With sponsorships from the likes of lululemon and Oasis Brewery, this Sunday morning market strikes a balance with its farm fresh food from local farms and orchards, it's wellness-minded vendors, and its live entertainment accompanied by a cold brew or mimosa. The market runs from June until the end of September.