Boulder, Colorado is always showing up on “best of” lists, and with good reason: loads of sunny days, lycra-clad buff bodies, homegrown pot and craft-brewed beer. For foodies living in this Rocky Mountain playground, though, it’s having the one of the best farmers markets around that inspires hometown pride.
The Boulder County Farmer’s Market (BCFM), in its 28th year, celebrates another thing that Boulder does well: supports local farmers and other food artisans. The BCFM celebrates the best of every season, running from April - November. If you’re a dedicated locavore, that’s plenty of time to stock up on food to eat while its fresh and enough to put away for the wintry months. The market is producer-only, which means that the folks selling the food grow it, rather than buying from a wholesaler and re-selling.
What Makes It Great
The market happens twice weekly, and Saturday markets happen in Boulder and Longmont. All markets feature food vendors, as well, so come hungry and enjoy gingery dumplings, polenta and marinara sauce, or a loaded gyro. On Wednesdays in Boulder, you can have a pint of local beer or a glass of wine with your snack! Live tunes round out the experience.
In addition to being able to stuff your tote bags full of seasonal produce (think onions in the spring, eggplant and basil in the summer, apples in the fall, and beets/radishes/greens year-round), the BCFM supports other food artisans, as well. The world’s best (and I don’t use superlatives lightly) tortilla chips are available (with accompanying salsa), as are vegan-, gluten-, and dairy-free options, quinoa and popcorn, twirly spirals of pasta, grass-fed beef, heritage breeds of pork, freshly baked bread and pastries, and wholesome local dairy products. Chefs shop here, your neighbors shop here; even the college kids deviate from their ramen noodle diet to shop here.
Who is Going to Love It
Anyone who enjoys watching the seasons change through the offerings of the Western Slope fruit-growers will love the this farmers market. From the first pints of plump Bing cherries to the soft-skinned apricots, to the much-anticipated peach season that tapers into pears and plums. Then, as the leaves begin to change, you can enjoy a few glorious weeks of crisp, Colorado apples.
Also, families love the BCFM because there are always face-painters, balloon animal-makers, and other kid-friendly experiences available. The Boulder location runs alongside Central Park, where a huge grassy lawn beckons you to spread out a quilt, empty your basket, and snack away the day.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
No pups, please.
Boulder Saturday Market: April 4 - November 218am – 2pm on 13th Street, between Canyon and Arapahoe
Boulder Wednesday Market: May 6 - October 74pm – 8pm on 13th Street, between Canyon and Arapahoe
Longmont Saturday Market: April 4 - November 218am – 1pm at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road