July 31 2009, 11:41 AM
I've always been impressed with Arvada's main strip. Just as I feel like I'm about to be swallowed by Costcos and Home Depots, everything calms down into a sunny downtown area with local shops and an impressive town square. That's how Arvada became the next stop on my tour of local farmers' markets. (Read the last two here and here.) The market: Arvada Farmers' Market. (5705 Webster St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday through October.) The scene: A certain thrill goes through me when I see multiple signs for free parking. The streets get perfectly sleepy near the Olde Town Square, where I immediately relax and suddenly wish for a Sunday New York Times and a lazy Labrador. The vendors: The stands line the small town square, and I find myself wondering, "Is this all of it?" There's just one stand of fresh produce from Miller Farms, while the rest is a hodge-podge of offerings, from hand-made jewelry to tamale and hot dog stands. Bonus: While this farmers' market is still in its growing stages, it's a good jumping-off point to explore Arvada's downtown strip. I recommend heading over to the D Note with the kiddos. Every Sunday at 2 p.m. they host Baby Boogie, where parents and kids can enjoy snacks, music, and, of course, dancing.