Here are the new vendors to look out for at area farmers markets.
Our community is blessed with multiple farmers markets, but each new season sees some vendor turnover. For many of these vendors, participation represents an expansion of their business, a better opportunity to interact directly with the public, or a new revenue opportunity that spurs growth. This year’s smaller stall could grow into a larger player in our dining landscape. When you meet with them at the market, you get to know these businesses up close, and perhaps years from now, you’ll be able to say, “I knew them when…”
We’ve got the info on new vendors as you work through the stalls. Look for them when you’re there, but be aware that not everyone is available every week. Check the market website to find out when specific vendors will be present.
Boulder Farmers Market
Location: Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings on 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue.
Dry Storage bakery and café will have its flour mill and specialty fermentations ready to serve Saturday market-goers after participating in the winter farmers market this past year. On Wednesdays, Off Beet Farm will be bringing plant starts, Golden Hollow Farm is offering Colorado-bred meat and poultry, while Grama Grass & Livestock is offering grass-fed beef on Saturdays. Rang Tang Craft Barbecue will be available on both market days.
Other food additions include Colorado Farmhouse Cheese Company, which will be present on both market days. Illegal Oats will serve customers on Saturdays, Arepas Caribbean food will have a stall on Wednesdays, and Boulder Valley Honey will be in a stall on Saturdays. Boulder Juicery and Haykin Family Cider will also be present, filling glasses both days.
Longmont Farmers Market
Location: Saturday mornings at the Boulder County Fairgrounds
Black Cat Farm can be seen at Longmont for the first time this year. There will also be several new vendors with multiple decadent and tempting products including Challah Ma’afia & Kitchen, Colorado Farmhouse Cheese, Corey’s Chocolate, Bread and Baklava, Pebbledash Bake Shoppe, and Rich Brownies.
Savory and non-prepared food providers who are new to Longmont this year include Off Beet Farm, Smoothie Bites, and The Happy Pickle Company.
Erie Farmers Market
Location: Thursday nights on Briggs Street in Old Town
Expect to see quite a few new vendors at Erie’s Farmers Market this year. The first one we noticed were donuts from Sexy Donut Co, followed by another sweet treatery (our word, not theirs) called Mo Sweets, selling an assortment of homemade marshmallows. There was also Stacy’s Kitchen, NOCO chocolates, SugarBee Cookie Company, Moxie Bread Co., and Doughology.
New savory food and drink vendors are present in Erie this season. The 5280 Mermaid is going to be there with craft cocktail infusion kits made with dehydrated fruits, sugars, and spices. Options can be alcohol laden, or you take advantage of mocktail infusions, which double as a base for tea. There’s also Out Yonder Jerky, Denver Bone Broth, and Yummy Lotus vegan and gluten-free jams. Other options include Purple Fence Farm & Apothecary, Pastamoré Gourmet Food’s fresh pasta, and Eat 100 Foods’ home-delivered meals. Lastly, dog owners will also have a new vendor to choose from with Oat Paws, a canine-focused ice cream maker, that is going to be in Erie for the first time.
Louisville Farmers Market
Location: Saturday mornings on Front Street in Old Town
Managers at Louisville Farmers Market told us that nearly 25% of their vendors are new this year. Debut vendors include Doughology, the same bakery that’s trying out the Erie market. Other vendors include Roxy’s Remixes, Plante which has a brick-and-mortar houseplant-store on McCaslin Boulevard, and Spicy Garden, dedicated to helping people grow potted edible plants.