The 2013 Farmers’ Markets are up and running, not a moment too soon! The very freshest produce, usually harvested the day before or day of the market, meaning that nutrient content is highest. When produce is harvested for distant markets, to be shipped 1000 miles or even more, it is usually harvested before it is fully ripe. It travels better and has longer shelf life, but we’ve learned that nutrients develop during a short window in the ripening process, so that harvesting before ripening means the nutrients don’t develop completely.
So local produce is better for us, and good for our local economy because locally spent dollars circulate through our community longer than dollars spent at out of state venues. The early markets feature lots of greens, with asparagus and green onions coming soon. Don’t miss shopping at these community gatherings–you’ll see your neighbors and friends, and make new friends. They feature live music, crafts, and glorious, delicious, healthy food!
Drake Road Farmers’ Market: Saturdays from April 13-September 28, 2013. Hours from 10 am-1 pm, with no sales prior to 9 am. Located on Drake Road between College and Shields.
Larimer County Farmers’ Market: Saturdays from May 18-October 26, 2013. Hours from 8 am-noon. Located at the Larimer County Courthouse on Oak Street between Mason and Howes.
Loveland Farmers’ Market: Tuesdays from 11 am-3 pm, on Highway 287 in front of Hobby Lobby.
Windsor Farmers’ Market: Saturdays from June 29-Sept. 21, 2013. Hours from 9 am-12:30 pm. Located at 5th and Main.
Cheyenne Farmers’ Market: Tuesdays from June 11-October 1, 2013. Hours from 3-6 pm. Located at Frontier Mall parking lot, west of Sears. Vendors from Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska.