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Stop and Shop: All the Denver Farmers' Markets in 2021

Mile High Fungi's marvelous mushrooms.
Mile High Fungi's marvelous mushrooms. Linnea Covington
Denver is reopening, just as farmers' markets are sprouting up all around the metro area. The lineup this year includes markets big and small, offering something for everyone — from fresh produce and meat from local ranches, to carefully crafted sauces and beverages, to simply a chance to get out in the open air and greet neighbors again.

Time to get out and shop! Here's our guide to farmers' markets in the metro area:

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Arvada Farmers Market
Northeast corner of 57th Avenue and Old Wadsworth Avenue, Arvada
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This market in charming Olde Town Arvada will feature dozen of local vendors, farm stands, meat stalls and prepared-food stations. It will run through September 26.

Boulder Farmers Market Saturday
13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Run by Boulder County Farmers Markets, which also operates markets at Union Station and Longmont, this venture focuses primarily on growers and local food producers. That results in a lot of produce, meats, handcrafted sauces, cheese, honey and fresh bread. At the moment, masks are requests and no pets are allowed; reservations are available but not required. There are some prepared food stalls, but limited cafe seating. The market runs through November 20.
click to enlarge The Boulder Farmers Market is open Wednesday and Saturday. - ASHTON RAY HANSEN
The Boulder Farmers Market is open Wednesday and Saturday.
Ashton Ray Hansen
Boulder Farmers Market Wednesday
13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to dusk

This is the evening version of the big Saturday market, and while visitors will find the same good food and products from sixty-plus vendors, the market has a different vibe. It runs through October 6.

Broomfield Farmers' Market
1700 West 10th Avenue, Broomfield
Tuesdays, 4 to 7 p.m. through September
Held at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, this market includes meats and produce, prepared foods and food trucks and is entirely run by volunteers. To find it, just look for the tractor and little red barn.

Cherry Creek Wednesday
Cherry Creek Shopping Center at First Avenue and University Boulevard
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Park for free at this Denver market and explore a mix of prepared-food vendors, produce and protein stands and handicrafts. It's not as large as the Boulder or Pearl Street markets, but the well-curated lineup certainly can get shoppers what they need. Open from June 16 to September 29.

Cherry Creek Saturday

Cherry Creek Shopping Center at First Avenue and University Boulevard
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Park for free at this Denver market and explore a mix of vendors offering prepared foods, produce and protein, and handicrafts. It's not as large as the Boulder or Pearl Street markets, but the well-curated lineup delivers all the fresh goods customers need. Visit now through October 30.
click to enlarge Fresh eggs are among the things you'll find at the City Park Farmers' Market. - CITY PARK FARMERS MARKET
Fresh eggs are among the things you'll find at the City Park Farmers' Market.
City Park Farmers Market
City Park Farmers Market
City Park Esplanade at East Colfax Avenue and Columbine Street
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Head to City Park for thisreimagined market which is now on Saturdays rather than Sundays. You'll find sixty vendors, pay-what-you-wish yoga at 9 a.m., and a food truck and prepared-food stall area to explore and sample. The old-school market is under new management and will be going strong until October 30.


Boulter's Farmers Market at Edgewater Public Market
5505 West 20th Avenue, Edgewater
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
After opening during the winter of 2020 while facing pandemic restrictions, Edgewater Public Market is ready to welcome the community for their first summer in business. Over forty vendors will be on site at this weekly market that will run through September 16.

Domingos en Westwood
Rise Westwood, 3738 Morrison Road
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Rise Westwood Collective focuses on BIPOC, Latinx and women-owned food businesses and their weekly farmers' market which kicks off July 11 and runs through October is the perfect place to connect with artisans, makers, food vendors and more.

Erie Farmers Market
Briggs Street between Wells and Moffatt streets, Erie
Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m.

This evening market is a great place to enjoy with the whole family. It's run by Real Farmers Market and offers dozens of vendors, contact-free samples, and room for little ones to run around. The market continues through September 9.

Golden Triangle Farmers Market
1115 Acoma Street
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This cute, compact, neighborhood market will be selling pastries from Moon Raccoon Baking Co.; local honey and beeswax products from Berthoud's Bee Squared Apiaries; salty, briny goodness from Three Dogs Pickles (which are, thankfully, not made of dogs, local or otherwise); fresh pasta from Sfoglina and Pastificio and more.

Highlands Farmers Market
Highlands Square at West 32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Expect around 55 vendors, including a handful of new ones, as well as tons of freshly baked goods, food trucks, samples and more. The market will run through October 10.
click to enlarge Rick Garza selling his brother's pickles at the Highland Farmers' Market in 2020. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Rick Garza selling his brother's pickles at the Highland Farmers' Market in 2020.
Linnea Covington
Longmont Farmers Market
Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There's plenty of parking at this weekly market, and around sixty vendors to visit from now until November 20. Pick up olive oil from Healthy Harvests, eggs from Five Freedoms Dairy, beef from Boulder Better Wagyu, greens from Oxford Farms and coffee from Fair Isle Coffee Co., to name just a few of the possibilities. Reservations are available but not required.

Louisville Farmers Market

824 Front Street, Louisville
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pick up fresh produce, houseplants, vegetable starters, meats, handcrafted sauces, flowers and more at this spot run by Real Farmers Market, which will return every week through October 9.

Park Hill Farm & Flea
Oneida Park, 2255 North Oneida Street
Thursdays, 4 to 8 p.m.
Over forty vendors will gather for this neighborhood market where you can find locally made foods, fashion trucks, craft beer, and even a cocktail bar. There will also be live music from 6 to 8 p.m.

Parker Farmers Market
19565 Mainstreet, Parker
Sundays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

With over 100 vendors, this market in downtown Parker offers plenty to explore. Visit now until October, weather permitting.

People & Produce
Belleview Station, 6785 East Chenango Avenue
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In addition to Colorado-grown fruits and veggies from Miller Farms, the Urban Orchard and Mile High Urban Farming, this weekly market for the south Denver set includes food and fashion trucks, plants, and local food products like jams and jellies, sauces and delectable pies from Hinman Pie.
click to enlarge Veggies are coming to a farmers' market near you! - COURTESY OF FOUR SEASONS FARMERS AND ARTISANS MARKET
Veggies are coming to a farmers' market near you!
Courtesy of Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market
Southlands Farmer's Market
Southlands Shopping Center at E-470 and Smoky Hill Road, Aurora
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This Aurora market offers a mix of local produce, meats and dairy, as well as handicrafts and curated pantry goods. The Local Colorado runs the market, which goes from now until September (the exact closing date is dependent on weather).

South Pearl Street Farmers Market

South Pearl Street between East Iowa and East Arkansas avenues
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For years, this bustling market has taken over Pearl Street on Sunday mornings, when it serves as much as a gathering place as a shopping area. There are dozens of vendors, seats for eating prepared foods, and samples to try. The market runs through November 14.

Stanley Farm & Flea
2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fetch has taken over this bustling farmers' market next to Stanley Marketplace that will offer a mix of handicrafts, local produce, baked goods, prepared foods and more. The market will run through August 27.

Union Station Farmers Market
Denver Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Plaza
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This downtown market was pretty sparse last year, but more vendors and an outside cafe with service from neighboring restaurants make it feel lively again. Expect to find produce from Micro Farms, honey from Highland Honey, handmade pasta by Pappardelle's Pasta Co. and the best hand pie in town from Hinman Pie. The market runs through October 14, and reservations are available but not required.

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