In the last post, we emphasized the importance of adding superfoods into your diet to maintain health this winter. We’ve also published posts about incorporating more plant-based food into meals and eating a more natural, whole food diet.
While we love Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Sprouts as much as the next person, you just can’t beat buying local products and produce at a farmers market. Apart from the joy of supporting farmers and and small businesses, not even Whole Foods can replicate the fresh, earthy experience of literalfarm to table. Carrots with soil and dirt clumps still stuck to the tops look, taste, and smell so much better. And guess what? They can be better for your body as well.
In Colorado, this is so easy in the summer. There are farmers markets all over the state, every day of the week. You can buy everything from meat and produce to local, organic soap at a farmers market. Not only do our bodies love Colorado summers, but so do our wallets. As if they are not already amazing enough, farmers markets are—for the most part—less expensive then the chain stores.
So it’s no surprise everyone is a little depressed when winter arrives and the markets pack up for the season. Thankfully though, the farmers have heard our outcry and put together a few indoor markets to survive the winter.
Here is a list of some of our favorite winter farmers markets to shop local produce and products in the colder months.
This list is not meant to be comprehensive and, if your favorite winter market is not on the list, please share it with us on Instagram or Facebook!
While many of the outdoor farmers markets end in October, the Saturday Boulder Farmers Market and the Saturday Longmont Farmers Market are open until November 19th for the 2016 season.
The Boulder Farmers Market is located on 13th street (between Canyon and Arapahoe); the market is open from 8 am - 2 pm. The Longmont Farmers Market is located at 9595 Nelson Road (Boulder County Fairgrounds); the market is open from 8 am - 1 pm.
The Winter Farmers Market in Fort Collins boasts 40+ vendors and is held in the Opera Galleria (123 N. College Ave.) in Old Town Fort Collins.
With many dates this season, the market is open from 9 am - 1 pm (3 pm for the December markets).
Dates include: November 5, 12, 9; December 10 & 17; January 14 & 28; February 11 & 25; March 11 & 25; April 8
Beginning November 5th, the Greeley Farmers Market is located at Zoe’s Cafe & Events (715 10th St) from 9 am - 12 pm. Not all market dates have been announced so be sure to follow the Facebook page for news and updates.
The Aspen Farmers Market is open every Saturday from Mid-June to Mid-October located at the Corner of Galena & Hopkins, Aspen, CO 81611
Times are from 8:30AM - 3PM Saturdays!
The Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market is open every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year at 7043 West 38th Ave.
Times include Saturday: 9 am - 3 pm and Sunday: 10 am - 2 pm.
Every Friday and Saturday from 9 am - 12 pm, Farm2Table hosts a local market for grass-fed meat, organic produce, and other local products in the Parker Garage (19420 East Mainstream). According to their website, the market has over 50 meat items, as well as many canned sauces and vegetables.
The popular Pearl Street Farmers Market also runs late into the season with the final market on November 13.
Located on Pearl Street in Denver, the market is open from 9 am - 1 pm.
In Colorado Springs, the Colorado Farm & Art Market hosts a monthly indoor farmers market throughout the winter months at The Cottonwood Center for the Arts (Colorado Ave. & Wahsatch Ave.)
Dates include January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16 and May 21. The market is open from 11 am - 2 pm.
In addition, the Colorado Farm & Art Market is hosting a Winter Wonderland Holiday Market on December 3 for all your holiday shopping needs. Location is TBD and you can sign up for their newsletter for updates.
The Woodland Park Indoor Winter Market is located inside Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave.); the market is open from 9 am - 1pm.
Dates include Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11, March 11, April 8 and May 13.
Vendors change for every market so be sure to check out the vendor listwhen planning your trip.
"Our Favorite Winter Farmers Markets in Colorado"; by Vukoo®