The history of farmers' markets traces back over 5,000 years.
For this long, farmers who sell direct to consumers have been productive enough to have survived cultural growth, refinement, economic downturns and escalations. A person’s desire to connect with the grower and to experience food with some dirt attached, flowers with incredible fragrance and the buzz of like-minded humans has remained untouched.
Here in Colorado, we are surrounded by ranches and farmland that supply about 250 markets across our state. Many of us toy with the experience of farming with our raised garden beds. May we be blessed with a rich experience of harvest; however, the labor and love of a farmer for the fields is a special calling.
Why not make a Saturday or a Sunday morning tour and visit several farmers' markets or visit a different one each weekend? There are so many to explore and experience, each with its own character and feel.
We love a stop at Black Forest’s Backyard Market. There is a sweet community here, games for the kiddos, a coffee truck , and fresh flowers all around. This one always feels like a great family outing with lots to do for everyone, including cute photo ops. Black Forest is changing every day and we are loving the community factor.
Old Colorado City
Next is the market at Old Colorado City in Bancroft Park. You’ll want to make a day of it with flowers from Sweetwater Flower Market, produce galore, jarred goods, fresh tamales, chiles and tortillas. You’ll be wiping drool from your mouth and eager to bring home all of the goodies with you. Oh, and there's a playground for the kiddos!
Some other weekly markets are at Cordera Farmers Market on Sundays, Colorado Farm & Art Market (by the big carrots parallel to I-25) at Margarita at Pine Creek on Saturdays and Briargate Farmers Market on Wednesdays near Gold’s Gym. Click the link below to find others scattered throughout the Pikes Peak region.