Life needs little indulgences. And sometimes those indulgences come in the form of crisp snap peas and fancy artisan products. Everyone needs goat milk lotion and locally-raised pork, which means everyone needs to head to one of these nearby farmers markets to make it happen. Bring us back some beets, please and thanks.
Durango Farmers MarketDo you live for the high-food life, and love to indulge in things like artisan cheeses, straight from the farm mushrooms and spinach, and lovingly-raised beef, chicken, and pork? Well, then you’re probably already familiar with Durango Farmers Market, where you can gather all the fresh ingredients to fill that belly with happiness. But for those of you who aren’t, here’s the thing: Durango Farmers Market is where it’s at. You can get fresh goat cheese from the Herd Share Program, fresh (and dry!) herbs, fresh-cut flowers, crunchy veggies, and just about everything else, provided you drag your ass out of bed before 8 a.m. on a Saturday. That part is up to you. The market will provide the rest.
And, as an added bonus, the market participates in the SNAP program, because everyone should have access to delicious, healthy food, whatever their budget. A win all around.
Details: Saturdays from May 12 to October 27, 8 a.m. to noon (9 a.m. starting in October), First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 West 9th Street, Durango, durangofarmersmarket.comThe Farmers Market at Three SpringsDo you need more than one farmers market in your life? Of course you do, and lucky you, you can get that, cause Durango has not one, but TWO farmers markets that run through the summer. The Farmers Market at Three Springs is a new addition to the community, and what a good addition it is. This farmers market has community partners like Turtle Lake Refuge, All Seasons Farm, and Long Table Farm out of Hesperus and Durango, along with plenty of vendors. You can swing by there on Thursday evenings after work to stock up on all the fresh things you’ve ever needed, and catch some live music, because this farmers market coincides with the Three Springs summer concert series.
Details: Thursdays from mid-June to mid-October, 4 to 8 p.m., 175 Mercado Street, Durango, farmersmarket3springs.comBayfield Downtown Farmers MarketAwww, yeah. A farmers market just across the cement pond (i.e. the highway) for our friends in Bayfield. And what a great farmers market it is. The Bayfield Downtown Farmers Market is a community project that aims to support local farming, agriculture, artisans, and musicians, many of whom you can catch strumming a tune while you shop on Thursday evenings in the summer. What can you shop for, you ask? Well, try things like tomatoes, seasonal veggies, baked goods, frozen broiler chickens, lettuce, honey, farm-fresh eggs, and a ton of other artisan and handmade products. Prepare to get farmer fancy.
Details: Thursdays from June 21 to September 27, 4:30 to 7 p.m., located inside the Bayfield Block Party on July 19, Joe Stephenson Park all other times, bayfielddowntownfarmersmarket.orgCortez Farmers MarketOh, hey. Hi. Here’s a list of things that are fresh this week at the Cortez Farmers Market: apricots, artichokes, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery stems, cucumbers, currants, garlic, green beans, green onions, greens, herbs, kohlrabi, lettuce, live plants, micro greens, okra, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, summer squash, tomatoes, and turnips. Do we have your attention now? Great. Go get all of the things at the Cortez Farmers Market this Saturday. Sure, it’s a drive... but nothing good (or delicious) comes easy.
Details: Saturdays from June 2 to October 27, from 7:30 a.m. to sellout, Montezuma County Courthouse parking lot at Main and Elm, Cortez, cortezfarmmarket.comMancos Farmers MarketIf you want to get your veggie-shopping on and listen to live music, Mancos Farmers Market is the place to be. You can snag some super fresh eggs, beets (yum!), meat, sausage(!), fresh flowers, and just about any other farm or ranch-bred product you can imagine. Plus you get to hang out in artsy Mancos, and if you’re smart, you can detour to the cidery to snag some fermented local apples in the form of booze. That’s kind of like a secondary farmers market, right?
Details: Thursdays from June 16 through September, 4 to 7 p.m., Boyle Park, facebook.com/mancosfarmersmarketAngelica Leicht