Denver's downtown farmers-market-for-a-cause is open for the season.
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Lunchtime last Wednesday was cloudy, so Tiri's Garden, built last year on the corner of 15th and California streets by Concerts for Kids' Christie Isenberg and a host of volunteers, was quiet. The few people out for the first day of the weekly market were cheerful, though, enjoying samples of freshly squeezed limeade from Ma Brown's while picking through the offerings of the market's vendors.
Tiri's Garden will feature an eclectic market of vendors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday from now until September 28, with produce from Miller Farms added to the mix as the summer progresses. It's part-farmers' market, part-food court and part gift shop. Lunchers can find sustenance at Swiss Hot Dogs and Colorado's Best Tamales; escapees from nearby offices can stroll through the garden with a cup of locally roasted coffee and a Sweet Daze pastry; downtown explorers can try on threads in the Haute Stitches tent or moisturize with a Lavisha lotion bar -- scented blocks that look like soap but work like hand cream.
The market is hosted by Concerts for Kids, and some of the proceeds benefit the Denver Public Schools A to Z Fund, which makes grants to innovative student-focused programs.
The complete list of 2010 vendors can be found on the Concerts for Kids website.