summer-turning-autumn on the horizon and harvest time
beginning its peak, farmers markets throughout the area are overflowing with
nutritious bounty from Colorado gardens, orchards, ranches and fields.
Pearl Street Farmers Market, already in
its 14th season, has spread its wings in recent years to stretch along the
entire 1500 block of S. Pearl St.
and into the southern half of the 1400 block. The retail district hosts the
market Sundays, 9a.m.-1p.m.
Along with a wonderful selection of Colorado produce and other handmade
products, gourmet foods and home accessories, breads, cheeses and more, Pearl
Street hosts live entertainment on a mid-market stage, special monthly
festivals and a Flea
Market the last Sunday of each
month. The Aug. 17 market includes aHarvest Fair; Sept. 21 hosts a Pet Adoption Fair; Oct. 19 is the annual Chili
Cook Off; and Oct. 26, HalloweenFest.
Info: visit southpearlstreet.com or
Among the newest entries into the farmers market fray, Broadway Farmers Market, on the lawn of South Broadway Christian Church at 23
provides an evening option, Wednesdays, 5-9p.m., through Sept. 3. The later market hours are
designed to take advantage of the booming nighttime foot traffic that continues
to increase along the Broadway corridor.
Denver’s first-ever sunset market welcomes Colorado growers and an
assortment of specialty food vendors, as well as food trucks and live
Urbiculture Community Farms (UCF) offers fresh local produce every
Saturday, 9a.m.-noon, at their farmstand at Celebration Community Urban Garden, 1650 S. Birch St. (at Iowa Ave., just east of Colorado
Blvd.). UCF is committed to food
justice, with a mission to provide healthy food for all people regardless of
income. All produce at any of UCF farmstands is
available for a suggested donation. Opportunities for volunteering, kids
programs and bee-keeping classes are also offered. And don’t miss drop-in Sunset Yoga in the Garden, Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30p.m.
– an all-level Vinyasa
flow, $5/person suggested donation. Bring water, yoga mat or towel – and
The second annual Farm
To Table Dinner, to benefit
UCF, will take place at Celebration on Sat., Aug. 9, 6:30p.m. This locally
grown, four-course fine dining experience includes your meal, wine, beer,
garden tours and live music. Tickets cost $85. Info: ucfarms.org or 303-949-2901
Also part of the Urbiculture family, Gabrielle’s Garden, 852 Kalamath St., brings the
La Alma/Lincoln Park community important access to fresh locally grown produce
while sharing knowledge about nutrition through
affordable classes, engaging citizens in urban farming and building a
sense of community through a mutual love of good food. A
pay-what-you-can farmstand is open Saturdays, 9a.m.-noon and Wednesdays,
For details about Urbiculture Farms markets
and other offerings: ucfarms.org or
For a look at urban farming close up and personal, head
over to Ekar Farm, just east
of Alameda Ave. and Monaco Pkwy. at 181 S. Oneida St. The Ekar veggie stand
is open on Sundays, 10a.m. until sold out, proffering a variety of organic
produce direct from the Ekar fields. If you’d like to join in the fun, Ekar hosts Days in the Dirt Sundays, 9a.m.-noon for volunteers willing to help tend the harvest.
Ekar will lead their annual Tour
de Farm on Sun., Aug. 17,
8a.m.-1p.m. This fun morning bike ride takes lovers of the soil on a 16-mile
jaunt along the High Line Canal “through the breadbasket of Denver” –
from Ekar Farm to Sprout City Farm (at Denver Green
School) for a tour, continuing on to Delaney Farm for a break and fresh
Palisade peaches, and then back to Ekar for grilled
Colorado Olathe corn and live bluegrass music.
The tour also touts the Lil
Farmers Tour – a 5-mile
ride with snacks and games at the Lil
Farmers Turn-Around in the park
at 2.5 miles. Cost for the tour is $25 per rider; $5 for riders under 13 years
old; and $70 max per family. Info: call 303-520-7581 or visit ekarfarm.org. All proceeds directly benefit Ekar’s programming and donation of produce to Jewish Family
Service’s Weinberg Food Pantry.
Denver Urban Gardens supports 125+ community gardens in metro Denver,
including more than 35 school-based
community gardens. Visit one of
DUG’s stellar gardens during Rosedale
Gardens Early Harvest Sale, across
from Harvard Gulch Park (between E. Iliff Ave. and E.
Harvard Ave. on S. Logan St.), on Sat., Aug. 16, 8a.m.-noon, a garden-wide, all volunteer effort.
Find fresh-picked organic vegetables and herbs; fresh-cut bouquets of
flowers; homemade jams and baked goods; a kids booth featuring special treats;
and a passport tour of the garden – plus, fall seedlings and grilled
Rosedale gardeners broke new ground in 2014 with their Stinkin’ Rose Garlic Project; garden co-leader Amy Beck notes, “We grew 10 gourmet garlic types at
the garden – total cloves planted were 3,100! The garlic will be
available for sale at our harvest sales; we will host two garlic tasting events
in early September” – find ticket info for those at the Early Harvest Sale.
Rosedale’s organic garlic
varieties include: Purple Glazer; Thermadrone;
Georgian Crystal; Inchelium Red; Spanish Roja; Silver Rose; Italian Heirloom; Chesnok
Red; Red Toch; and Korean Mountain. If that don’t
satisfy your garlic cravin’, folks, there’s just no
Rosedale Gardens’ bees “are having a phenomenal year,” says Beck, a
testament to the beneficial organic methods adhered to throughout the community
gardens. Rosedale’s Late
Harvest Festival, with an
abundance of fall crops and flowers (pumpkins, squash, and naturally –
is Sat., Sept. 27, 9a.m.-noon. Info: dug.org or 303-292-9900.
If you’re musing when – and if – south
Denver’s beloved Wilkerson’s Produce, 1995 S. Santa Fe Dr. will open this
season, proprietor Curtis Wilkerson assures The Profile the market south of Overland Golf Course will open
sometime in August, as it has
each season since 1962, with the finest produce – especially fruit
– Colorado has to offer. Info: 303-744-8419.
Colorado Fresh Markets, under the direction of Chris and Michele Burke,
has organized several popular market locations, since 1997. Cherry Creek Fresh Market, in the Bed, Bath & Beyond parking lot at 1st Ave. and
University Blvd. welcomes Saturday visitors, 8a.m.-1p.m., with a high-quality mix of nearly 100 Colorado
growers and diverse local gourmet food vendors, chef demos, kitchen and garden
products, gardening tips from master
gardeners and live music. A smaller Wednesday market runs in the same spot,
City Park Esplanade Fresh Market, in its 16th year, sets up along the Esplanade just west
of East High at E. Colfax Ave. and Columbine St., Sundays, 9a.m.-1p.m. While not as expansive as the Cherry Creek event,
Park Market offers a great
selection of local growers along with a nice blend of fresh food vendors in an
urban park setting.
The third of the Burkes’ Denver-area markets, Stapleton Fresh Market at 29th Ave. and Roslyn St., welcomes marketers on
Sundays, 8:30a.m.-12:30p.m., bringing fresh produce, specialty
food items, flowers and sundries to the ever-evolving neighborhood bearing the
name of Denver’s airport predecessor to DIA.
Visit coloradofreshmarkets.com or call 303-442-1837 for info.
you’re a gardener and this year’s harvest has surpassed your own personal
needs, share your surplus with local food banks (see Odds & Ends, pg. 29 for details). Info: produceforpantries.com or call 855-855-4626.