What’s Fresh and Where Can You Find It?

july 5There is nothing better than sinking your teeth into a fresh, juicy (insert fruit of your choice here). Maybe the only thing just as good is visiting the farmer’s market where it came from. So what’s in season and what produce is locally grown? Where can you find a farmer’s market when you need one? We’ve got your answers right here!

Fresh and Local Produce

Colorado is well-known for its agriculture. You don’t have to go far outside of the city limits to find yourself some good farmland. There are a variety of crops grown around the state. We all know Palisade for its peaches (sorry President Underwood, but we think Palisade can give Georgia peaches a run for their money…or pits, whichever). Rocky Ford has its watermelons and cantaloupes, which no summer BBQ is complete without. And you can’t forget what may be one of the most versatile vegetables of them all – the potato. Coming from the San Luis Valley, you’ll find varieties such as Yukon Gold, fingerlings and purple majesty, just to name a few.

What’s in Season?

I think this is a question many of us ponder at some time during our health journey. What’s fresh? What’s in season? It can be hard to remember, especially these days when a lot of grocery stores will carry the produce regardless of whether it’s in season or not. Here’s a list of crops in season and grown in Colorado:

  • Radishes
  • Cucumbers
  •  Beets
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Peaches
  • Tomatoes
  •  Melon

(For more information on growing seasons, check out Colorado State University Extension.)

Where are the Farmer’s Markets?

The real question may be where aren’t they? Here’s quick overview of where you can find a handful of Farmer’s Market near you:

Where: 13th Street between Arapahoe and Canyon.
When: Wednesdays from 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cherry Creek
Where: Cherry Creek Shopping Center on 1st Ave. and University Blvd.
When: Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Golden Public Library, 1019 10th Street
When: Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Highlands Ranch
Where: Highlands Ranch Town Center, 9288 Dorchester St.
When: Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

These are just a few. There are many, many farmer’s markets in our area. For a complete list, check out the 2016 Colorado Farmer’s Market Locations guide. We’d love to see you at your neighborhood Farmer’s Market. The next time you go, take a picture and tag us on social media!