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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.
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.