Sunday, March 10, 2013

Farmer's Market starts on April 6

Despite the brief wet weekend snow, signs of Spring are in the air, including temperatures in the 60's later this week.  

Another hint of Spring:  the  2013 Farmer's Market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont opens on Saturday, April 6.  In addition to finding local produce, you can listen to live music, get your scissors and knives sharpened, pick up some on-site roasted chile peppers, and grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat.

If you ride a bike, the Farmers Market is conveniently accessible straight from the St. Vrain Greenway and the very friendly folks from Bicycle Longmont will park your bike for free with their valet service.  It's very simple:  hop off your bike  at the Bicycle Longmont tent, grab your ticket from the volunteer who will park your bike, and go shopping.   If you drive, there is plenty of close-up parking.

Some growers may have some on hand but it's best to bring your own bags to hold your purchases.  Oh, and as a new regulation from last year, no dogs are allowed.

 The mobile chile pepper roaster:

Last year, a separate "Special Harvest" Farmer's Market was trialed in downtown Longmont on a late summer weekday evening, complete with a wine and beer garden, live music, and also Bicycle Longmont's valet service.  It was held on the new Alleyscape area just east of Main Street which nicely shielded the event from the wicked summer sun and loud traffic.  Haven't heard yet if this will be offered this year but the inaugural 2012 event did draw a good crowd.

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