Now that farmers’ market season is over, you may find yourself wondering where you can find delicious, locally sourced food and baked goods throughout the winter without going to the grocery store. Luckily, there are several ways Denverites can continue to support local farmers and producers—while satisfying their appetites—even as the snow starts to fall. Here are four suggestions.
Boulder County Farmers Market
The Boulder County Farmers Market (BCFM) launched a curbside pickup and delivery program during the pandemic that allows shoppers to simply visit its website; select a pickup spot (Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, or Denver); order during the designated window; and enjoy some of Colorado’s freshest foods. BCFM already runs an unusually long in-person market season (the last one takes place in November), but interim executive director Nancy Coppom says extending the season through the winter allows the organization to better support its farmers, partners, and community—and give Coloradans the chance to shop year-round.
The market also runs a “double-up bucks” program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit holders that allows users to get double the produce for the first $20 they spend. Boulder County families in need can also be added to a list to receive a weekly community supported agriculture (CSA) package from BCFM through SNAP’s program for women, infants, and children—part of its efforts to address food insecurity in the county and to help families access fresh, local, organic foods. And with an extensive selection of winter produce available—including cabbage, garlic, radishes, pumpkins, tempeh, bok choy, beets, and more— BCFM’s offerings provide a bounty of inspiration for any winter recipe. Visit bcfm.localfoodmarketplace.com to order.
East Denver Food Hub
In July 2020, East Denver Food Hub (EDFH) launched a food delivery service to help support producers year-round, delivering fresh, local ingredients to customers in the Denver metro area and Boulder County. Patrons can choose from a variety of grains, beans, eggs, microgreens, mushrooms, peppers, and more, all available 12 months a year online and in person at EDFH’s twice-monthly warehouse pop-up markets, which are designed to highlight local farmers and makers.
In addition to direct-to-consumer delivery, the organization works with food pantries, restaurants, institutions, and food access advocates to provide healthy food to all Coloradans. Not only can individuals place smaller home orders, but restaurants and schools can also purchase food in bulk. Since it was founded by David Demerling and Roberto Meza in 2020, EDFH has worked to find both short- and long-term solutions to ensure that families on any budget have access to nutritious sustenance. Each purchase supports EDFH’s mission to create an equitable and resilient local food system. For more information, visit eastdenverfoodhub.com.
A sensory marker of market season is the irresistible smell of fresh bread floating through the air. Bread Club brings that scent home—year-round. Established in 2020 as an opportunity for Rebel Bread to keep baking through the winter season and safely serve its customers, Bread Club has since evolved into a five-bakery collective, doling out even more goods from Moon Raccoon Baking Co., Sugar Bakeshop, Pandemic Donuts, and Mile High Pie Co. Available for delivery in certain Denver zip codes, or for pickup at the Rebel Bread Production Lab on South Broadway, Bread Club hopes to expand its reach and offerings in the future, depending on the demand for their products.
For most of these bakeries, which operate without storefronts, Bread Club is a great way to allow people to try their unique products and support local businesses, says Bread Club owner Zach Martinucci. Customers can purchase one box at a time or set up a subscription membership. The boxes are customizable and can be adjusted to fit the needs of those ordering. Whether you need a brown sugar maple Popster from Sugar Bakeshop, a pomegranate-and-white-chocolate doughnut from Pandemic Donuts, or a rosemary-walnut sourdough loaf from Rebel Bread, Bread Club will deliver your cravings to your doorstep. To order your first box, visit getbreadclub.com.
For anyone stocking their shelves for winter, Tocabe Marketplace offers customers the opportunity to acquire nutritious Native and Indigenous ingredients, including heirloom pantry items. Tocabe seeks to connect local food systems and expand access to regional specialties with its centralized marketplace. The company’s Essential Pantry Box includes heirloom brown tepary beans, Navajo-roasted blue corn mush mix, white Sonoran wheat berries, Seka Hills honey, and more. For every box ordered, Tocabe will donate a six-item box to anyone of your choice, shipping included. Its butcher shop also offers grass-fed bison, which is Native raised, ranched, and harvested. Not a home cook? Tocabe will soon offer pre-prepared meals. Tocabe Marketplace ships nationwide, with local pickup options available as well. To learn more and place an order, visit shoptocabe.com.