If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the culinary world as of late, then you’re probably already aware that local sourcing of ingredients has never been as popular as it is now. Amateur chefs, high-end restaurants and students of cooking schools alike are taking more and more pride in sourcing the freshest local ingredients possible, and why not? Local ingredients help sustain the community economy and are also usually fresher and more delicious than pre-packaged or store-bought alternatives. Students of Colorado culinary schools are particularly in luck, as there are few places as great to purchase produce than the Centennial state. If you live in the Mile High City and are looking to give your homemade dishes a certain je ne sais quoi, take a look at some of the best farmers markets in Denver!
City Park Esplanade Fresh Market
Located at East Colfax Avenue and Columbine Street, the City Park Esplanade Fresh Market is one of Denver’s premier locations for those seeking fresh produce and other ingredients. The market runs from 9 AM to 1 PM on Sundays between early June and the end of October, making it extremely accessible during the prime harvest seasons. City Park Esplanade is by no means a well-kept secret, however, as it has been running for nearly two decades in Denver, according to the city website. You may experience some lines if you get there later in the morning, but the immense variety of produce and fresh ingredients for sale make it all worth it.
Old South Pearl Street Farmers Market
According to Denver A-List, the Old South Pearl Street Farmers Market is an absolute must-see for any aspiring cook living in or visiting the area. Located between Florida and Iowa Avenues, this market has ranked as a finalist in A-List’s Best Farmers Market Award each year from 2012 to 2014, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. The pop-up shopping center contains locally sourced produce and meats, as well as homemade jams, baked bread, prepared food, desserts and tons of other treasures. Best of all, the market is right by the Pearl Street Mall, known for its plethora of restaurants, so you’ll be able to grab a great bite to eat when you’re done.
Le Jardin Secret
Translated to The Secret Garden, Le Jardin Secret is one of the best warm-weather farmers markets in all of Colorado. The market runs from late May to late August, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Saturday mornings. Summer is the beginning of the harvest season, so a visit to Le Jardin Secret is sure to fill your fridge and pantry with delicious seasonal foods. The shopping is held in Larimer Square, making it centrally accessible to most Denver residents. The organizers of the market pick only the finest vendors and farmers from the surrounding areas to ensure that the products on offer are top-notch. Better still, they serve drinks while you shop!