Everything you need to know about Denver-area farmers markets

Farmers market season is here, bringing you all the locally grown fruits and vegetables you could want, and a sense of do-gooding to go with them.

Fresh vegtables at the Toohey & Sons Organic tent at the first Union Station farmers market. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)union station; food; farmers market; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty
Fresh vegtables at the Toohey & Sons Organic tent at the first Union Station farmers market. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) union station; food; farmers market; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty
Fresh vegetables at the Toohey & Sons Organic tent at the first Union Station farmers market. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It seems like just about every restaurant that’s opened in Denver in the last few years has touted the same thing: fresh, local produce.

Nothing wrong with that, of course — it’s great. But here’s the secret: you can get that yourself.

Yes, farmers market season is here, bringing you all the locally grown fruits and vegetables you could want, and a sense of do-gooding to go with them.

“Farmers markets provide a way for consumers to directly interact with farmers and learn where their food is coming from,” said Wendy White, a marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “It’s an experience. We have a relatively short growing season, and although we’re seeing a lot of extension … I think it’s something special for consumers to visit the markets.”

White also manages the department’s Colorado Proud program, which promotes agriculture products grown in-state to restaurants, schools, grocery stores and, naturally, farmers markets, and promotes all of those places to the public, too.

Fresh tomatoes at the Union Station farmers market. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) union station; food; farmers market; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty
Fresh tomatoes at the Union Station farmers market. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

In case it’s not clear, that’s a lot of partnerships. You can browse the very extensive list of Colorado Proud companies here.

There are about 100 farmers markets across Colorado, and a little more than 20 of those are in the Denver metro area.

Each year, the Department of Agriculture publishes its Colorado Farm Fresh directory, which lists every farmers market, roadside stand and u-pick in the state, and identifies the farms that sell directly to the public. (The 2017 directory will be published at the end of May.)

And while some farmers markets now include non-food goods, the core offerings are still Colorado produce picked fresh and brought straight to you.

“I think quite a few of [the farmers], they’ll pick in the morning or maybe the previous afternoon and have them in the market the same day,” White said.

What kind of produce that is or how long it takes to get to you depends on the market and the season. The Front Range and northeastern Colorado are hubs for growing vegetables like leafy greens, zucchini, carrots and onions. In the Arkansas River Valley, their thing is watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew, while the Western Slope grows a lot of tree fruit. Pueblo, of course, has its chiles.

The Union Station farmers market. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) union station; food; farmers market; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty
The Union Station farmers market. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Here in Denver, you’ll find a pretty wide variety. You just have to know when and where to look and what you should be looking for. Below, we’ve got your guide to all that.


When and where

Not into cartography? Here’s a Denver-area farmers markets list by day of the week. (And we’ve got this list all by itself right here.)

Tuesday

The Tuesday Evergreen Farmers’ Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 6-Aug. 29
Evergreen Country Day School, 1093 Swede Gulch Road, Evergreen
coloradooutdoormarkets.com

Wednesday

Boulder Farmer’s Market
4 p.m.-8 p.m. May 3-Oct. 4
1900 13th St., Boulder
bcfm.org

Cherry Creek Fresh Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 14-Sept. 27
Cherry Creek Shopping Center, First Avenue and University Blvd., Denver coloradofreshmarkets.com

Metro Denver Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. (or sell-out) June 14-Oct. 11
Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
denverfarmersmarket.com

Thursday

Metro Denver Farmers’ Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. (or sell-out) July 6-Sept. 28
St. James Episcopal Church, 8235 W. 44th Ave.
denverfarmersmarket.com

Friday

The Berkeley Lake Farmers’ Market
4-7 p.m. June 2-Aug. 25
46th Avenue and Tennyson Street, Denver
coloradooutdoormarkets.com

Saturday

Edgewater Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 3-Oct. 14
Broadway Armory parking lot, 5917 N. Broadway, Edgewater
edgewaterco.com

Southlands Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 6-Sept. 30
Southlands Shopping Center Town Square, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
shopsouthlands.com

Boulder Farmer’s Market
8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 1-Nov. 18
1900 13th St., Boulder
bcfm.org

Cherry Creek Fresh Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 6-Oct. 28
Cherry Creek Shopping Center, First Avenue and University Blvd., Denver
coloradofreshmarkets.com

Jefferson Park Farm & Flea Market
10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20, July 15 and Sept. 16
25th Avenue between Federal Boulevard and Eliot Street, Denver
jpfleamarket.com

Union Station Farmers Market
9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3-Oct. 28
Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver
bcfm.org

Golden Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 4-Oct. 7 (except July 29)
Golden Public Library, 1019 10th St., Golden
coloradofreshmarkets.com

Metro Denver Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. (or sell out) June 17-Oct. 28
Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood   denverfarmersmarket.com

Metro Denver Farmers Market
8 a.m.-2 p.m. (or sell out) May 6-Oct. 28
Southwest Plaza, 8501 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton
denverfarmersmarket.com

Westminster Farmers Market
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 3-Sept. 30 (possibly into October)
Hidden Lake Center, Sheridan Boulevard and 72nd Avenue, Westminster
muddmarkets.com

Sunday

Slow Sundays
9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 28 through end of summer
The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd.
thesourcedenver.com

Arvada Farmers Market
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 4-Oct. 1
Olde Town Square, 57th Avenue and Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
muddmarkets.com

The Farmers Market at Highlands Square
9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11-Sept. 24
32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard, Denver
facebook.com/FarmersMarketAtHighlandsSquare

South Pearl Street Farmers Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21-Nov. 19
1500 block of South Pearl Street, Denver
southpearlstreet.com

Stapleton Fresh Market
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 18-Oct. 15
Stapleton Founder’s Green, East 29th Avenue and Roslyn Street, Denver
coloradofreshmarkets.com

City Park Esplanade Fresh Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 4-Oct. 29
Sullivan Fountain, East Colfax Avenue and Columbine Street, Denver
coloradofreshmarkets.com


What’s in season

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has a helpful calendar that let’s you know what’s in season when.

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