Sometimes the first day of the Boulder Farmers Market finds the street blanketed in snow, or everyone shivering under a freezing hail. Also, the farmers dont usually have a lot to sell: April 3 is a bit early even for starter plants. But that wont deter the faithful, whove been dreaming about this Saturday morning through the long, cold winter. They know that some vendors will have last years well-stored carrots and potatoes, that theyre likely to find honey, that the folks at Abbondanza may just bring seeds, and that someone from the Western Slope might show up with dried fruit and applesauce.
If nothing else, there will be fresh pastries, hot coffee, and the chance to reconnect and talk soil, weather and cookery with their favorite farmers.
The Boulder Farmers Market (its sister market in Longmont opens May 1) is the biggest and most successful of its kind in Colorado, a vibrant example of what happens when a community starts connecting with local growers. Over the years, it has developed from a place to buy vegetables to something close to a one-stop shopping experience, with cheese, eggs, bread, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, flour, wine, chocolate, mushrooms and even crayfish available. A month or two into the season, 13th Street between Arapahoe and Canyon, where the market takes place, will be thronged. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., through November 6, and, beginning May 5, on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m., through October 6. Go to www.boulderfarmers.org for details.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m. Starts: April 3. Continues through Oct. 6, 2010