Harvest Season: Market Roundup

Mark your calendars for the upcoming farmers markets of western Colorado!


Market on Main
Grand Junction
Thursdays through September 12
A staple of summer and fall Thursdays, Grand Junction’s Market on Main exhibits the best farmers, businesses and entrepreneurs of the Grand Valley. The market happens from late June to mid-September, the best time to purchase Colorado’s freshest produce. The central locale makes visiting downtown restaurants
and businesses a must. Each evening features musicians and entertainers who perform on street corners. Free parking is available in the parking garage, and pets are best left at home. downtowngj.org/signature-events/downtown-farmers-market

Fruita Farmers Market
Saturdays through September 21
The Fruita Farmers Market is a great place to purchase fresh produce from the Grand Valley. It is hosted at the Fruita Civic Center Park from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Over 40 vendors sell food and locally-made products at the market, and local musicians perform live. Pets are allowed and should be on leashes. fruitachamber.org/fruita-farmers-market

Palisade Sunday Harvest Market
Sundays through September 22
The Palisade Farmers Market highlights the best of Palisade’s agriculture. The market is hosted in downtown Palisade from Kluge Street and Main Street, and between 2nd Street and 4th Street. It lasts from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Twelve Palisade farms provide produce, along with vendors selling Colorado made products. Each week features a chef demonstration from a restaurant or business in the valley. A variety of live musicians perform on 3rd Street and Main. The free kids’ art tent makes the market a great event for families. visitpalisade.com/portfolio-item/ sunday-farmers-market

Ridgway Farmers Market
Fridays through October 11
The Ridgway Farmers Market features vendors from all over Colorado. This market has much more than produce, and the ever-changing vendor list makes each week a new experience. Much of the Ridgway community gathers at the market to enjoy the music, food and artisan products. It is held in Ridgway’s downtown park, and pets are encouraged. Because Ridgway is working to eliminate plastic bags, bringing your own reusable bags is advised. ridgwayfarmersmarket.com

Aspen Farmers Market
Saturdays through October 5
The Aspen Farmers Market is a great place to buy Colorado-made products and locally-grown produce, as well as enjoy live music and a food court. The market lines downtown Aspen’s streets in a U shape. The market operates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Dogs are allowed, but the heat of the asphalt may cause burns, so pets are better left at home. aspenchamber.org/explore-aspen/ trip-highlights/aspen-saturday-market

Telluride Farmers Market
Fridays through October 11
The Telluride Farmers Market is an organic, non-GMO market focused on gathering community around food. It was originally founded after the closing of the local food co-op to bring fresh, regional produce back to Telluride. All of the food sold at the market is grown within 100 miles of Telluride. All fresh produce is organic, and prepared foods are a minimum of 5 percent organic. It is held on South Oak Street in downtown Telluride from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. thetelluridefarmersmarket.com


Vail Farmers Market & Art Show
Sundays through October 6
The Vail Farmers Market & Art Show has been held on Meadow Drive in Vail for 18 years. With 40 local food vendors, the market is agreat place to find local produce in addition to artisan crafts, jewelry and art. Local chefs craft a farm-to-table dinner from locally-grown produce, and tickets are available online. The market is pet-friendly. vailfarmersmarket.com

Crested Butte Farmers Market
Crested Butte
Sundays through October 6
The Crested Butte Sunday FarmersMarket offers certified organicproduce and other natural foods, as well as Colorado-made crafts, art and other products. During the Vinotok festival, the market hosts an affordable farm-to-table dinner in downtown Crested Butte. Mountain Roots Food Project provides boxes of nutritious, fresh food to those in need. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Elk Avenue between 1st Street and 2nd Street. After September 8, the market lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. cbfarmersmarket.org

Steamboat Farmers Market
Saturdays through September 21
Food vendors come from across Colorado for the market, but many of them are Steamboat locals. Regional artists also offer an array of hand-crafted goods. Steamboat musicians perform downtown during the market. It operates from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 7th and Yampa Street, between 6th and 8th Streets. Parking is available at the Steamboat Rodeo Grounds. mainstreetsteamboat.com/farmers-market

Carbondale Farmers Market
Wednesdays through September 25
The Carbondale Farmers Market features vendors from the Western Slope. Each vendor is unique and offers a sustainably-made product. The market is truly a community event that values supporting local businesses. It lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 4th and Main Streets. Pets are allowed. carbondalefarmersmarket.com

Naomi Allen