Farmers' Markets

Union Station Farmers' Market Opens for the 2019 Season

Chef Paul C. Reilly prepping for the chef's demo with his daughter and older son.
Chef Paul C. Reilly prepping for the chef's demo with his daughter and older son. Linnea Covington
Before the 9 a.m. bell rang to announce the opening of the 2019 Union Station Farmers' Market on Saturday, May 11, shoppers were already piling in, looking for greens, seeing which vendors were new and picking up the complimentary Mother's Day succulents from Fresh Herb Co.

click to enlarge For Mother's Day, the market gave away 100 succulents to moms, all grown by Fresh Herb Co. You can buy these beauties from the company's stall all season. - LINNEA COVINGTON
For Mother's Day, the market gave away 100 succulents to moms, all grown by Fresh Herb Co. You can buy these beauties from the company's stall all season.
Linnea Covington
After a week of rain and chilly temps, sunshine and a 55-degree morning made it a perfect day for the launch of the market (run by Boulder County Farmers Markets), and within an hour, lines could be found at just about every stand. That didn't slow down David Bowen, owner of Woodgrain Bagels, a Montreal-style bagel shop with locations in Boulder, Lowry and Aurora. This was his first time peddling bagels at the market, and customers kept the orders kept piling in.

click to enlarge Woodgrain Bagels does Montreal-style bagels. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Woodgrain Bagels does Montreal-style bagels.
Linnea Covington
"We wanted more community outreach and I wanted to talk to people more," says Bowen. And chat he did as customers lined up for sesame, salt and pepper, cinnamon raisin, poppyseed and "everything" bagels.

Also new to the market this year was Grains From the Plains, a fourth-generation farm owned by Kevin and Laura Poss. This operation came last year as a guest of the market and now plans on setting up once a month to sell heirloom wheat and flour. The three-year-old Emerald Gardens Microgreens out of Bennett has come on board, too, on a drop-in basis. Then there was Croft Family Farms, which had bins of perfect-looking greens, eggs, radishes and smooth white turnips.


click to enlarge Grains From the Plains will be at the Union Station Farmers' Market once a month. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Grains From the Plains will be at the Union Station Farmers' Market once a month.
Linnea Covington

click to enlarge Croft Family Farm from Kersey. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Croft Family Farm from Kersey.
Linnea Covington
"We had so much stuff this spring ready to go, and the markets we usually do weren't open yet," says farmer Michelle Cockroft, owner. "We called the Boulder County Farmers' Market and got in, so we're trying it out."

While plenty of staples remained, there were some stands missing. Shauna Lott of Long I Pie decided to skip the market circuit this year ( but will still run her pie-of-the-month club, events, classes and catering). Toohey & Sons also choose to skip the Union Station market and only sell in Boulder. Corner Post Meats was missing from the lineup, as well.

click to enlarge Can't decide which of the beautiful mushrooms to pick at Mile High Fungi's stand? Thankfully the company sells a variety pack. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Can't decide which of the beautiful mushrooms to pick at Mile High Fungi's stand? Thankfully the company sells a variety pack.
Linnea Covington
Thanks to fairly mild spring weather, there were plenty of goodies to choose from, including bright-red radishes from Ollin Farms; and pale pink and green rhubarb, lots of tender greens and organic asparagus from Kiowa Valley Organics. Rocky Mountain Fresh dolled out heirloom tomatoes grown in the greenhouse, and Mile High Fungi had the usual display of beautiful mushrooms in the oyster, lion's mane and shiitake varieties.

click to enlarge Kiowa Valley Organics is back this year with asparagus. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Kiowa Valley Organics is back this year with asparagus.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Crumbles Bakery owner Betsy Carballo at the Union Station Farmers Market. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Crumbles Bakery owner Betsy Carballo at the Union Station Farmers Market.
Linnea Covington
On the baked goods end, Crumbles Bakery, Hinman's Bakery and Raleigh Street Bakery had people lining up. Both Jodar Farms and McCauly Family Farms sold chicken and eggs, and numerous stands had an array of fermented vegetables.

Overall, it was a busy first day — and everyone came hungry for fresh veggies, local honey, fresh-made tamales and salsas, and pasture-raised meat.

"For whatever reason, the market is a pick-me-up," says David Rippe, co-owner and farmer at Kiowa Valley Organics. "You get to interact with customers face-to-face, and people who are appreciative of the produce."

click to enlarge Rhubarb is in season right now and found at various farmers' markets. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Rhubarb is in season right now and found at various farmers' markets.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Chefs Paul C. Reilly of Beast + Bottle, Alex Seidel of Fruition and Matt Vawter of Mercantile at the Union Station Farmers Market. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Chefs Paul C. Reilly of Beast + Bottle, Alex Seidel of Fruition and Matt Vawter of Mercantile at the Union Station Farmers Market.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Bok choy and barese chard from Acres at Warren Tech. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Bok choy and barese chard from Acres at Warren Tech.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Rocky Mountain Fresh is back at the Union Station Farmers' Market and selling lovely tomatoes. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Rocky Mountain Fresh is back at the Union Station Farmers' Market and selling lovely tomatoes.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Greens at the Croft Family Farm stand in the Union Station Farmers' Market. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Greens at the Croft Family Farm stand in the Union Station Farmers' Market.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Breakfast tacos from True West Tacos at the Saturday Union Station Farmers' Market. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Breakfast tacos from True West Tacos at the Saturday Union Station Farmers' Market.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Hand pies from Hinman's Bakery. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Hand pies from Hinman's Bakery.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge A bouquet of lilies from Fresh Herb Co. - LINNEA COVINGTON
A bouquet of lilies from Fresh Herb Co.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Crumbles Bakery's gluten-free orange cake at the Union Station Farmers' Market. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Crumbles Bakery's gluten-free orange cake at the Union Station Farmers' Market.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Opening day at the Union Station Farmers Market on Saturday, May 11. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Opening day at the Union Station Farmers Market on Saturday, May 11.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Acres at Warren Tech is still serving the Union Station Farmers' Market. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Acres at Warren Tech is still serving the Union Station Farmers' Market.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Opening day at the Union Station Farmers' Market. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Opening day at the Union Station Farmers' Market.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Brian Coppom, director of the Boulder County Farmers' Market, rings the first bell of the season at Union Station. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Brian Coppom, director of the Boulder County Farmers' Market, rings the first bell of the season at Union Station.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Revolution Artisan Pops is new this year at the Union Station Farmers' Market. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Revolution Artisan Pops is new this year at the Union Station Farmers' Market.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Radishes are in season and can be found at Ollin Farms' stand. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Radishes are in season and can be found at Ollin Farms' stand.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Emerald Gardens microgreens. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Emerald Gardens microgreens.
Linnea Covington
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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
Contact: Linnea Covington