Denver’s Best Farmers Markets
Nothing feels more like summer in Denver than a pair of hiking boots and the lineup of farmers markets around the city. With the amount of fresh produce available during this time of the year, farmers markets are a great way to spend time outside, support local businesses and pick up a variety of fresh organic food.
With that in mind, here are three farmers markets in Denver where you can get some of our favorite seasonal produce – and tips from the Relish team on how to incorporate them in your own cooking.
Golden Farmers Market
June 1st – October 5th, 2019
Every Saturday 8:00AM – 1:00PM
The Golden Farmers Market is one of the best in town. This is a dog and family-friendly market that is conveniently located next to Clear Creek with plenty of parking space. Something to know is that all of the Golden Farmers Market vendors carry organic, local, non-GMO products. As you walk through the market, you will be able to visit some vendors with health, wellness and beauty products and try on some jewelry and clothes designed by local artists.
As you visit the different vendors, make sure to make a stop by the Miller Farms stand. The Miller’s have been in the industry since 1949 and their dedication, as well as delicious produce, is unmatchable. We particularly like their sweet corn which makes a perfect side for the picnic and BBQ season.
Relish Tip: Denver is known for its phenomenal palisade peaches, sweet corn, and cantaloupe during the summer months. Make sure to pick some up and get creative with them! We typically grill them and add them to our salads. A big fruit-grilling tip we use is to grill your fruits at a high temperature for a short amount of time and use a bit of oil to avoid sticking. Try making this grilled colorado peach caprese salad or this grilled peach and corn salad at home!
Lakewood Farmers Market
June 16th – October 3rd, 2019
Every Saturday 10:00AM – 2:00PM
If you’re looking for an intimate farmers market experience, the Lakewood Farmers Market (also known as the Mile Hi Church Farmer’s Market) is your place to be this summer. The majority of vendors that come together every Saturday in this space have been part of this community for generations. The Lakewood Farmers Market makes part of the Metro Denver Farmers Market group, which has been delivering fresh farm food to the Denver area for over 40 years. We encourage you to pass by the Forté Fruits stand! They have been producing the best palisade peaches in town since 1972 and we absolutely love them.
Relish Tip: Once you buy your peaches from the market, did you know you can save some of the palisade taste for colder months by making salsas and chutneys? Through this method, you’ll be able to add a taste of summer to your dishes year-round! Our chefs conserve peaches for the rest of the year by making jams, jellies, and chutneys that can be canned.
South Pearl Street Farmers Market
May 19th – November 17th, 2019
Every Sunday 9:00AM – 1:00PM
With 18 years of history, South Pearl Street farmers market has one of the most diverse vendor selection and busiest event calendars one can find in the Denver area. Every Sunday, visitors can shop for their local produce while enjoying a car show, take part in a salsa-showdown or even adopt a pet. Make sure to visit the South Pearl Street this summer to be amazed by their great selection of fresh ingredients and produce.
If you get a chance, make sure to stop by the Styria Bakery stand for some legendary, artisanal fresh baked bread that you will not regret. Styria has been a partner of the South Pearl Street farmers market since the day it opened in 2001.
Relish Tip: For those with a sweet tooth, palisade peaches can also be incorporated in pies, cobblers, and tarts. Many of our summer desserts have them too. Here is a simple palisade cobbler recipe for you to enjoy. Simply grab some peaches and bread for the market and you’re good to go!
There’s nothing that makes us happier than being asked where we source our food from. Even though we typically don’t source our food from farmers markets because we buy in high quantities, it is part of the Relish story and ethos to know exactly where our food comes from. Having so many successful farmers markets in our town shows us that the Denver community cares about sustainable practices and our local farmers.
There’s nothing better than eating with a clear conscience! If you’d like to learn more about The Relish Way, feel free to give us a call at 303.532.4095 or send us a message to chat with one of our professional event designers!