By Nancy Hahn
Summer weather brings out farmers’ markets with fresh produce, freshly made breads and other foods, and sometimes unique handmade goods. Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and Edgewater host a variety of markets for every interest.
Heinie’s Market, 11801 W. 44th Ave. in Wheat Ridge, has featured fresh Colorado produce since the family business began in 1950. Produce is always brought directly from farms to the market without a middleman to insure that Heine’s fruits and vegetables are fresh as possible.
Colorado Olathe sweet corn and Peaches and Cream corn arrive in July, as well as Grand Junction tomatoes. In late July and August Rocky Ford cantaloupe and watermelon come in. August also finishes the summer with Colorado pears and plums.
Heinie’s has a changing display of fruits and vegetables all summer long. In September and apples announce the fall. Heinie’s also carries a variety of Colorado-produced food products that preserve our summers’ flavors throughout the year. Colorado fruit syrups, jams, jellies, relishes, and honeys are available year round.
Heinie’s is open every day of the year from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Young’s Market and Garden Center
Young’s Market and Garden Center, 9400 W. 44th Ave. in Wheat Ridge, is now a popular source for garden plants. Young’s has plants of all kinds, including plants to grow your own fresh Colorado fruits and vegetables. From cherry trees to watermelon vines, the Becerra family at Young’s Market can help with it all.
Young’s Market has been selling Colorado produce since 1952. Back then, drivers on their way to Denver could stop at Young’s truck full of farm produce at the side of the road. Eventually, he built a stand that grew to become Young’s market.
As soon as harvest begins, Young’s Market will carry Western Slope peaches and tomatoes, Rocky Ford cantaloupe, green beans, wax beans, and other Colorado and local produce. Young’s also carries Colorado cherry cider and a variety of jellies, salsas, syrups and pickles throughout the year.
Young’s is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays until 6 p.m.
Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market
Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market, 7043 W. 38th Ave. in Wheat Ridge, is open all year. Margaret and Dick Barkey’s market has both an indoor space and outdoor space making the weather less of an issue than it is for outdoor-only markets.
Four Seasons and its vendors sell a wide variety of Colorado produce and, often, flower and vegetable plants. Vendors also sell farm eggs, goats’ milk and cheese, and a variety of meats. A huge variety of handmade products are available, too. Soft wool products from alpacas from a Colorado alpaca farm, local honey, and scented soaps are a few of the artisan goods.
Market hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday the indoor market is open from noon to 6 p.m.
Edgewater Market and Music
Edgewater residents and visitors will again enjoy Edgewater Market and Music this year. Edgewater’s market is held on West 25th Avenue between Sheridan Boulevard and Ames Street every Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m., through Sept. 8.
Market and Music always features local bands and fresh produce, plus activities and crafts for family fun. The market also features a variety of vendors so there is always something new to see. The location is always beautiful. The market is just off of Sloan’s Lake, which makes a perfect spot for a market and a lovely to visit on warm summer evenings.
40 West Farmers’ Market
40 West Farmers’ Market has returned to Lamar Plaza for its third year. This season the market will be open Saturdays through Oct. 6 – 20 weeks.
Lakewood, the Art district, and Gene Kalesti of Pure Colorado created the market, bringing a variety of fresh produce to the community. The market sells produce, fresh baked bread and flowers, all Colorado produced. New vendors must sell only products that fit within these categories.
CC Yoga again offers free yoga from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the market, so you can start your day feeling good. This year a nice addition is a new drive-up coffee shop located next to the market.
Mile Hi Church Farmers' Market
Mile Hi Church hosts their Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at 9077 W. Alameda Ave. in Lakewood. This market has been in business for 38 years and is the oldest farmers’ market in the Denver area. Many of the farmers are part of families who have brought their produce to this market for generations.
Sweet cherries and hot house tomatoes are available now, but available produce changes quickly, so you may want to come back often. This market includes fresh produce, fresh-baked bread and jellies. Area artisans sell a variety of work, so visitors can be assured they will see something new each time they visit.