Colorado grows some of the most diverse fruits and vegetables of any state. In fact, nearly half of all the acreage in Colorado is dedicated to farming. That means you can buy the ingredients for any of your summer recipes from small, local farms. Here’s what to keep your eyes out for at the Denver summer farmers market this season.
Colorado is known nationwide for its scrumptious Palisade Peaches. These fruits are especially juicy and tender, due to the Grand Valley’s unique climate. Hot days, cool nights, and the altitude all contribute to creating some of the sweetest peaches around. They’re ripest in August, which means you have a little while to wait, but it will definitely be worth it.
Our state is one of the largest suppliers of cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelons to stores around the country. Most farmers grow their melons in Rocky Ford, Colorado, and they do not disappoint. Starting at the end of July, check your local farmers markets for the fruits, as their ripeness window runs from August through September.
No trip to a Colorado farmers market is complete without purchasing some sweet corn! This summer staple will make its debut at farmers market stalls in mid-July. Look for green husks with silk threads that aren’t decaying, dry, or crunchy. Most vendors keep their sweet corn in water, and you should, too.
Coloradans go crazy for their green chile, and summer at the farmers market means you can take home some of your own. Colorado’s hot summers and fresh water means chilies grown here are extra spicy. Use them in scrambles, salsas, cornbread, and fajitas to give your cooking an extra kick. These peppers bring extra heat to the markets starting around the end of July.
One of the best parts of summer is easy access to delicious fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. As you browse your local markets in the coming weeks, these fruits will begin popping up more regularly. Organic, locally grown berries–especially strawberries–won’t appear as presentable as the ones you’ll find in stores, but they are equally (if not more) delicious. Make sure you eat them quickly, since they’re generally not treated with the same chemicals as the fruit available at chain grocers.
Eat Your Greens
Greens like broccoli, kale, chard, celery, and other lettuces have already made appearances at farmers markets across the state. Most green produce–cucumbers, tomatillos, and cabbage included–are available all summer long, so you can always have local goodies in your fridge. No need to purchase prepackaged salads at grocery stores; this summer, you can get all the ingredients for a delicious salad at the farmers market!
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