Enjoy fresh Colorado farmers’ market products
Did you know that nearly half of the land in Colorado is farmland or ranches? This week (August 6-12, 2017) take the opportunity to purchase delicious Colorado fruits, vegetables, and other local products at a farmers’ market. Over 100 Colorado farmers’ markets now exist, and sales go beyond just produce. Many markets sell jams, cheeses, granola, tamales, honey, bread, pasta, flowers, eggs, meats, and more!
Be a savvy farmers’ market shopper
- Ask where the produce comes from to ensure that it was Colorado-grown.
- Ask how the products were grown or prepared.
- Scan the market and visit all vendors before purchasing items. Shop around for the best value, as many vendors sell the same products.
- Shop early in the day for the best selection of produce. However, later in the day (or in bad weather) you may find the best deals.
- Bring cash and small bills.
- Bring your own bags and/or a cooler with cold packs if you’re planning on buying perishables or frozen goods.
- Plan ahead with recipes based on what’s in season. Think about how much you will need and use for the week to avoid over-purchasing.
- Try something new each week! Many farmers’ markets offer unique Colorado produce. Ask vendors about the best way to prepare a food if you are unsure.
Get information on farmers’ markets and local products in your area
- Visit www.coloradoproud.org where you can find a farmers’ market directory, recipes, crop calendars, and many other farmers’ market resources.
- Reference The Colorado Farm Fresh Directory for detailed descriptions of Colorado farmers’ markets, wineries, farms, and ranches all over our state. The directory also provides a list of which locations accept SNAP benefits.
Find Colorado produce throughout the year
Buying produce in season has a wealth of benefits. Not only is it often more affordable, but it is typically more nutritious and delicious than produce grown out of season. Use the Colorado Produce Calendar to see what produce is in season monthly in Colorado.
(Thanks to CSU graduate student, Rakia Ranney, for her assistance with this article.)