Did you know that nearly half of Colorado’s 66 million acres are dedicated solely to ranches and farms? Agriculture here in Colorado accounts for more than $40 billion in revenue and provides more than 170,000 jobs (Colorado.gov). Farmers markets provide small agribusiness owners an opportunity to sell their products directly to Colorado residents.
Our closest location is the:
Briargate Farmers Market
Open May 23 – Oct 10 2018
7610 N Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Here at the Briargate Farmers Market you can find an array of vendors including:
Abdul’s Produce, Royal Crest Dairy, Mountain Man Honey, Homemade Bread, seasonal Palisade peaches, Big Red’s Hot Sauce, pasta, tupperware, Pampered Chef, jewelry, dog bones and treats, locally ground coffee, and more.
You can also find a variety of specialized, locally grown fruit and vegetables native to Colorado:
Olathe Sweet Corn— Grown in Olathe, Colorado. This sweet corn is only grown here and is so popular that a festival is held every year due to the high demand for the corn. Season is end of July through September.
Palisade peaches– Grown in Palisade, Colorado. Palisade peaches are world-famous and shipped throughout the country. People drive from all over to taste and bring home these peaches. Colorado ranks 6th in the nation for peach production (ColoradoFarmShow.com).
Rocky Ford Melons– These melons have been grown in the Arkansas River Valley since 1887 and include cantaloupes, honeydew and watermelon. The variety changes every 5 or so years. The melons are so popular that a Watermelon Day is held annually at the Rocky Ford Fairgrounds.
Pueblo Roasted Green Chiles– These are the most famous chiles of Colorado and attract chile lovers attention from around the world. Its heat ranges between 5,000 and 20,000 Scoville Heat Units (Pueblo.org).These chiles do particularly well in Colorado because of our hot, dry, sunny summers and pure Colorado waters.
Reasons to visit your local Farmers Market:
- The fruit and vegetables here are fresh from the farm. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you—no shipping, no gassing, and no storage.
- Most food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification–all of which can have negative effects on our health. Locally grown products come straight from the source and are minimally processed.
- Visiting your local Farmers Market can help protect the environment. Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. This shipping contributes to pollution and extra waste (packaging).
- Help fight against animal cruelty! Here you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals raised without hormones or antibiotics and who haven’t been subjected to cramped, unnatural living environments (CUESA.org).
- Lastly, coming to the farmers market makes shopping fun! The farmers market is a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a more relaxed, small-town environment.. It allows residents to connect with each other and also supports small businesses.