Summer is in full swing, but the wet spring put a damper on one seasonal event: The Downtown Longmont Farmers Market will host its last Wednesday market of the year from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. "This spring's higher-than-average rainfall placed strains on local farms, causing delayed planting schedules, stunted crop growth and loss of crops," explained Brian Coppom, executive director of Boulder County Farmers Market, in explaining the truncated season for the Longmont market. “On average, we saw 198 customers at each downtown Longmont market. In order to maintain a sustainable marketplace—to make the time investment worth it for participating farmers—we would need to attract at least 500 to 750 shoppers."
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Boulder County Farmers Markets, a Boulder-based nonprofit, introduced the Downtown Longmont Farmers Market in June 2014 to create more access to local food, promote smaller family farms in the marketplace, and add a community-focused event in Longmont. “With the right combination of support from local government, community partners and the local citizens, a downtown farmers market could be viable,” said Coppom, who notes that in the meantime, the BCFM is transitioning vendors from the downtown market to its Saturday Longmont market and Wednesday Boulder market. The biggest market of them all, of course, is Boulder's must-see Saturday market, a regular winner in the Best of Denver.
The Boulder and Longmont farmers' markets are growers-only markets that support local farmers, ranchers and food producers. Find more information about Boulder County Farmers Markets here.