Farmers' Market

South Pearl Street Farmers Market

It’s a perennial editors’ and readers’ favorite, but the convivial atmosphere, variety of vendors, and just-right size make this farmers’ market our go-to summer after summer. Families with strollers, couples with their dogs, and Platt Park singles wander the lively street picking up fresh-made doughnuts, brown bagging locally grown tomatoes and peaches, and enjoying a cup of coffee while they wait for a table at Black Pearl or Gaia Bistro. There’s often music; there’s usually something good to taste; and there’s always enough to look at to enjoy a few hours on a Sunday morning.

Cherry Creek Fresh Market

With a display of produce, prepared foods like tamales, and vendors ranging from bakers to garden suppliers, this is one of our favorite Saturday destinations, too. East First Avenue and University Boulevard, 303-442-1837,

Denver Urban Homesteading

You don’t have to wait till spring to get the goods. James and Irina Bertini started this agricultural center in late 2009 to allow more than 30 small growers and vendors to sell at an indoor market year-round. You can purchase on Thursday and Friday and meet the folks behind the food each Saturday, including farmers from Callicrate Beef, Kiowa Valley Organics, Altan Alma Organic Farm, Mini Moos, Windsor Dairy, and others. Don’t bypass the ready-to-eat fare—the hot arepas, empanadas, and samosas are sublime.