Mainstreet is the place to be on a summer Sunday in Parker. Over 100 vendors get up bright and early to prepare for the hustle and bustle of The Parker Farmer’s Market. They come loaded with everything from seasonal produce and breakfast burritos to artwork and bath bombs. By the time eager consumers arrive, homemade bread and fresh-cut flowers perfume the air, and excited chatter is buzzing about the tents. We rounded up a few vendors to help give you some good places to start on your shopping journey.
Flowers for 3 Greenhouse
To begin our time at the market, we’ll start at the booth likely to catch your eye first. The flower pots and hanging baskets are filled to the brim with bright blooms, and shoppers buzz around their beauty like bees. As you make it to the center of the tent, you’ll find fragrant herbs like basil and rosemary. Kevin Dennis and his wife named Flowers for 3 Greenhouse in honor of their triplet daughters. They’ve been a staple at the Parker Farmer’s Market for 19 years. Their favorite part by far is the relationships they’ve grown with the community (pun intended.)
Bath Bombs by Sith Lord Sweets LLC
Cristine Antolak’s business began as a hobby that got out of control. During the 2020 perils of remote schooling and quarantine, she kept herself busy making bombs. Don’t worry, these bath bombs are harmless! In fact, they are made from a natural formula Cristine invented after she realized her children’s skin reacted to other products. Stop by her booth and invest in your relaxation.
By this point in your shopping trip, your stomach might be rumbling. Luckily, you can head over to the Vintage Café for some homemade poptarts or their infamous smores cookies. Husband and wife duo Megan and Brandon Jacobs started Vintage Café in 2019 after Megan left the corporate world to pursue her baking passion. This is their first year at the market, and they’re loving it. “The people are extremely friendly, and seeing all of the dogs is fun, too,” Brandon says.
Let’s stick with the vintage theme, shall we? Mike Campbell has a knack for preserving creativity from the past, and it started with his wife’s Christmastime request. She had her heart set on a specific vintage Santa poster and couldn’t find it anywhere. Mike, a self-proclaimed photoshop geek, found a tattered image and worked his magic. A business was born. At Mike’s tent, you’ll find vintage posters from world wars, old western movies, Disneyworld, and more.
TruBucha stays Tru to their name by only using organic fruits, flowers, and essential oils to flavor their locally brewed kombuchas, lemonades, and ginger beers. From the time the ingredients go into the tank to being kegged, they never touch any plastic! They sell an array of flavors, from dragon fruit to blueberry lemon. You can get yourself a refreshing glass jug and feel good about what you put into your body.
Our last stop at the market will give you a souvenir you can enjoy all week long. Palazzi Farm has been a staple booth for fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers for 20 years. Jose Guiterrez, one of the farm’s owners, didn’t hesitate when asked about his favorite part of the market. “The people!” Jose says emphatically. “We are always packed!” People often bring Jose and the crew suggestions—and sometimes seeds—of what to plant. So, they do. In July you can look forward to Palazzi sweet corn, cucumbers, and pickles.
You can visit the Parker Farmer’s Market any Sunday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm until early October.