Farmers Markets look forward to post-COVID summer

The perfect way to spend a weekend morning is back

Bob Wooley
bwooley@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/24/21

Diego Hernandez is ready to sell some veggies. And from the look of the line forming outside his stand at the Southwest Plaza Farmer’s Market, people are ready to buy. There’s a variety of …

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Farmers Markets look forward to post-COVID summer

The perfect way to spend a weekend morning is back

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Diego Hernandez is ready to sell some veggies. And from the look of the line forming outside his stand at the Southwest Plaza Farmer’s Market, people are ready to buy.

There’s a variety of garden-fresh fare, but the smell of green chiles roasting beside the stand is a definite draw. 

Today, he’s got Anaheim, poblanos and jalapeños, charred, blistered and ready to spice up your every culinary creation for $5 per bag.

“We started a month early this year — the first weekend of April,” he said. “So, it was pretty nice to be able to come out here and, we got six days out of eight for the month of April, so I consider that a success.”

Hernandez says the crowds have been getting better and better each week.

“It started out a little bit slow because it’s been pretty chilly, but now that the sun’s come back out, it’s been fantastic,” he said.

A 10-year veteran of the farmer’s market game, Hernandez and his business partner Jeremy both have backgrounds as chefs. They met at a market, became friends, decided to join forces and have spent a decade selling food he describes as fresh, clean and tasty.

He said COVID took a toll on vendors, but not nearly as bad as what restaurants faced.

“We were able to operate. We did have to have some barriers set up — roping off the entire perimeter, and we were putting the food into bags, so we were the only ones touching it,” he said. “It was kind of weird, but effective.”

Now, with only an occasional mask in sight and distancing requirements eased, the market looks like a slice of pre-pandemic life has returned.

Although days and times are always subject to change, we’ve listed a few Jeffco farmer’s markets for you to check out.

Saturdays

Golden Farmer’s Market: June 5 – October 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 10th & Illinois (west of the Golden Library), Golden. 

Lakewood Farmer’s Market:

June 12 – September 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave (Alameda & Garrison), Lakewood. 

Littleton Southwest Plaza Farmer’s Market:

April 3 – October 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Southeast Parking lot at Wadsworth and Bowles, 8501 W Bowles, Littleton.

Sundays

Arvada Farmer’s Market: June 6 – September 26 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. McIlvoy Park in Olde Town Square, 5750 Upham St., Arvada.

Thursdays

Clement Park Farmer’s Market:

June 17 to September 3

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