A guide to the best fall farmers markets
With the fall comes many good things – relief from the summer heat, a chance to watch the aspens shift from vibrant green to fiery yellow, shorter days and a sense of things becoming a little bit cozier. But fall can also be a time of hurriedness – kids are heading back to school, and languid summer days at home or adventure-packed weeks of vacation become a distant memory.
Fall’s beauty can easily be swept aside by the hustle and bustle of “getting back into the swing of things,” and, for that, farmers markets are the perfect antidote. More than just being a place to pick up fresh, flavored-filled tomatoes or herbal, homemade soaps, a farmers market beckons one to slow down and encourages exploration. Neighbors run into neighbors, new foods are tasted, and much-needed time with family and friends.
Whatever fall looks like for you, whether it’s a time of relaxation now that the kids are finally back in school, or a time of running from place to place in an insane attempt to get everything finished, take time to visit a farmers market. More than anything, a visit to a farmers market can be a reminder of the vast beauty and potential the season has to offer.
When: Sundays from 8am-1pm or sellout, through the end of October
Where: Mainstreet and Victorian in downtown Parker.
What to Bring: The vendors here prefer cash but will accept a local check with ID
Unique to This Market: homemade quesadillas, ready-made breakfast burritos, wine tasting!
The Metro Denver Farmers Market began over 30 years ago as a small gathering of vendors in an Auraria campus parking lot. The market today includes five different locations in the Metro Denver area, including the Sunday market in Highlands Ranch.
When: Sundays from 10am-2pm or sellout, through the end of October
Where: Highlands Ranch Town Center, 9288 Dorchester Street, Highlands Ranch
Unique to This Market: Skoob Children’s Books, Taste of Salvador, and Grandma’s Rockin’ Rolls cinnamon rolls
The Littleton area is home to two separate Metro Denver Farmers Markets, so no excuses!
ASPEN GROVE LOCATION
When: Every Wednesday from 10 am-2pm or sellout, through October 11th
Where: Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center, 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton
Unique to This Market: Rocky Mountain wildflower honey at Honey Gal, specializing in spreadable “Whipped Honeys” and Leashes, Etc., a company that makes humane, no-pull pet harnesses
Where: Southwest Plaza, Southwest Parking Lot, 8501 W Bowles Ave., Littleton
When: Saturdays 8am-2pm or sellout, through October 28th
Unique to This Market: Avanti winery with 25 different Colorado wines, and Dragon Wave Design with hand-painted, Hawaiian hair clips and free hair styling