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There’s a lot to love about summer: mountain hikes, patio happy hours, and—of course—perusing local goods at farmers’ markets. Luckily for us, Colorado is a hub for fresh produce and local, artisan-made products. Many markets have already opened throughout the spring, and more markets are popping up in the weeks ahead.
Here are some of our favorite local farmers markets that make summer in Denver that much sweeter.
City Park Farmers Market
Returning for its second year, the City Park Farmers Market is expanding from 70 vendors to 90, including adding four new farms to its roster. Along with a growing food selection, the market offers donation-based yoga classes, live music, and monthly cooking demonstrations by local chefs.
Hours: Saturdays 8 a.m.–1 p.m., May 14–October 29
Location: 2551 E. Colfax Ave.
Colorado Fresh Market
Whether you’re looking to stock your refrigerator with fresh produce, pick a bouquet of flowers for your sweetie, or uncover the perfect vintage find, the Colorado Fresh Market has you covered. Every Saturday morning, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center parking lot becomes a space for local vendors to showcase their goods. A second, Wednesday market opens June 15, and parking is free for both days.
Hours: Saturdays 9 a.m.–2 p.m., May 7–November 5; Wednesdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m., June 15–September 28
Location: 1st Avenue and University Boulevard
Denver Metro Farmers’ Market
The oldest farmers’ market in town, the Metro Denver Farmers’ Market boasts five locations and a 40-year history. The Southwest Plaza market (Saturdays 8 a.m.–2 p.m.) is open now and runs until October 29, and the Highlands Ranch market (Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.) runs May 1 through October 30. The other three open in June: the Lakewood market (Saturdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.) on June 11, the Stead School market (Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.) on June 12, and the Littleton market (Wednesdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.) on June 15.
Hours and locations: Saturdays 8 a.m.–2 p.m., April 30–October 29 at Southwest Plaza; Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m., May 1–October 30 at 9288 Dorchester Street in Highlands Ranch; Saturdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m., June 11–September 24 at 9077 W. Alameda Ave.; Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m., June 12–Sept. 25 at 18251 Homestead Trail; Wednesdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m., June 15–September 28 at 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Farmers Market Central Park
Every Sunday until October, you can stroll through Farmers Market Central Park at Founders’ Green. You can find local produce, fresh baked goods, and gourmet food items, plus live music every week.
Hours: Sundays 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., June 5–October 9
Location: 7601 29th Ave.
Highland Square Farmers Market
Do your shopping while sipping on a mimosa (or your preferred a.m. drink) at the Highlands Square Farmers Market. With a live music rotation, a market bar, and—of course—locally grown foods, this market is a must for any Sunday funday.
Hours: Sundays 9 a.m.–1 p.m., May 22–October 16
Location: 32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard
Real Farmers Market
Spend your morning shopping for organic veggies, artisan breads, and fresh salsas at the Real Farmers Market. But it’s not just local eats—this market also features vendors specializing in soy candles, handcrafted home goods, and herbal remedies. There’s a local pop-up in Denver on 6th Avenue, plus markets in Erie and Louisville.
Hours and locations: Sundays 9 a.m.–1 p.m., May 15–October 16 at 3010 E. 6th Ave.; Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m., May 14–October 15 at 824 Front St. in Louisville; Thursdays 5 p.m–8 p.m, May 12–September 8 at Briggs Street in Erie
South Pearl Farmers Market
Pearl Street is a year-round hub for shopping in Denver, and there’s even more goodies throughout the summer and fall. The South Pearl Farmers Market stretches between the street’s 1400 and 1500 blocks and offers dozens of vendors and a handful of food trucks. Between the booths and the storefronts, it’s easy to spend a whole day browsing.
Hours: Sundays 9 a.m.–1 p.m., May 1–November 13
Location: South Pearl Street between Arkansas Avenue and Iowa Avenue
Union Station Farmers Market
Located just outside of Union Station, this picture-perfect farmers’ market is under new management. Formerly put on by the Boulder County Farmers Market, the Union Station Farmers Market is now hosted by HobNob Events. Along with coffee, breads, and veggies, the market will also feature chefs serving food from their patios and giving demos.
Hours: Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m., June 4–September 10
Location: 1701 Wynkoop St.
University Hills Farmers Market
Returning to South Denver for its fifth year, the University Hills Farmers Market showcases growers, artisans, hobbyists, and entrepreneurs alike. The 101 total vendors include community organizations Denver Urban Gardens, High Line Canal Conservancy, and Compost Colorado.
Hours: Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m., May 14–October 29
Location: 2500 S. Colorado Blvd.
Arvada Farmers Market
Peaches, honey, cheeses, and cakes—it doesn’t get any sweeter than the Arvada Farmers Market. While you’re getting groceries, take the opportunity to check out the storefronts along Olde Wadsworth Boulevard.
Hours: Sundays 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m., June 5–September 25
Location: 5702 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada
Southlands Farmers Market
Every Saturday, the Southlands Shopping Center parking lot transforms into a space for seasonal produce, locally made home goods, food trucks, and art. Take note: The location for the Southlands Farmers Market has changed since last year. The 2022 spot is in the Town Square, right in front of the AMC Theatre.
Hours: Saturdays 8 a.m.–1 p.m., May 7–October 1
Location: 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
Boulder County Farmers Market
The Boulder County Farmers Market has brought fresh, local food to the community since 1987. Since starting out as “a few tables of produce loaded off the backs of pickup trucks,” as the website describes, the nonprofit has expanded to multiple markets and more than 150 vendors. And with dates spanning from April to November, it has the longest market season in the state.
Hours and locations: Saturdays 8 a.m.–2 p.m., April 2–November 19 and Wednesdays 4 p.m.–8 p.m., May 4–October 5 at 13th Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard in Boulder; Saturdays 8 a.m.–1 p.m., April 2–November 19 at 9595 Nelson Rd. in Longmont
Fort Collins Farmers Market
Established by the Colorado Agricultural Marketing Cooperative in 1984, the Fort Collins Farmers Market is the oldest farmers’ market co-op in Colorado and showcases everything from fruits and jams to handmade crafts and pet treats.
Hours: Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m., May 1–mid-November; Wednesdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m., starting June 15 (end date to be determined)
Location: 1001 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins
Larimer County Farmers’ Market
In 1975, a group of backyard gardeners decided to share their harvest with the Fort Collins community—thus, the Larimer County Farmers’ Market cropped up. Over the decades, the market has grown to feature around 100 vendors and is managed by the Colorado State University Extension staff.
Hours: Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m., May 21–October 29
Location: 200 W. Oak St., Fort Collins
Golden Farmers Market
With about 65 vendors, the Golden Farmers Market is the perfect excuse for a day trip out to Golden. Located in the west parking lot at the Golden Library, the market is within walking distance of downtown and beautiful Clear Creek.
Hours: Saturdays 8 a.m.–1 p.m., June 4–October 8
Location: 1019 10th St., Golden