Whether you want options for buying organic lettuce, free-range eggs or grass-fed beef, or you just want to support the local economy, farmers markets will make your dollars matter during the summer months. Grab a few bags and our handy day-by-day list below, clean out the basket on your bike and hit the road. In the Pikes Peak region, you can shop under the sun (or tent coverings) seven days a week.
• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 28 through Sept. 24, The Broadmoor (315 Lake Ave., 592-9420). Roughly 25 vendors, ranging from Grand Junction's Taylor Produce to sellers of meats, crafts, pastas, dips and dog bones. Same group that operates the Wednesday and Sunday Briargate markets and Saturday Monument Hill Market.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 4 through Oct. 8, Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave., millerfarms.net). An unbeatable deal where you fill a bag with whatever you want for around $10. Miller Farms is joined by a number of cottage industry vendors (think jellies, jams, etc.) and craftspeople. They also run the Saturday Citadel mall and University Village markets and Thursday's First & Main market.
• 3 to 7 p.m., June 7 through Sept. 25, Fountain City Hall (116 S. Main St., 447-8637). Up to 40 vendors of honey, kettle corn, crafts and produce from Pueblo, Rocky Ford and Cañon City.
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 30 through Oct. 10, Briargate (7610 N. Union Blvd., 592-9420). See Monday's Broadmoor market for details.
• 3-7 p.m., June 13 through Oct. 13, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center sculpture garden (30 W. Dale St., farmandartmarket.com). Operated by the Colorado Farm & Art Market team, which also hosts Saturday's market at the Margarita at PineCreek. Sustainably grown foods, plus crafts, soaps, and more from around 20 vendors.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 7 through Oct. 11, First & Main Town Center (3133 Cinema Point, millerfarms.net). See Monday's Acacia Park market for details.
• 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 21 through Oct. 4, Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 574-1283). Around 25 kiosks with mostly conventional growers and some re-sellers, plus products from honey to goat cheese. Many of the same vendors as at Saturday's Old Colorado City and Doherty markets.
• 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 8 through Sept. 28, Center and Henrietta streets, Woodland Park (woodlandparkfarmersmarket.com). Hosting up to 100 vendors, including wineries and cottage industries; also organizing the Woodland Park Winter Farmers Market on second Saturdays, October through December at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave., utepassculturalcenter.itgo.com).
• 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through Oct. 13, Monument Hill (66 S. Jefferson St., monumenthillfarmersmarket.com). See Monday's Broadmoor market for details.
• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., first and third Saturdays monthly, June through September, Black Forest (intersection of Burgess and Black Forest roads, 237-4342). Roughly 20 vendors, mostly cottage industry and craftspeople.
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 2 through Oct. 6, University Village Colorado Shopping Center (5230 N. Nevada Ave., millerfarms.net). See Monday's Acacia Park market for details.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 2 through Oct. 6, northeast corner parking lot at the Citadel mall (750 Citadel Drive East, millerfarms.net). See Monday's Acacia Park market for details.
• 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., June 2 through Oct. 13, Holy Cross Abbey (Fremont Drive, off of U.S. Hwy. 50, Cañon City, ccfa.coop). Hosted by the Central Colorado Foodshed Alliance, featuring local growers like Family Roots Farm, a sustainable third-generation outfit.
• 9 a.m. to noon, June 5 until the first frost, Harlan Wolfe Ranch (915 W. Cheyenne Road, ppugardens.org). Pick 'n pay for veggies, herbs and flowers, grown organically and biodynamically by Pikes Peak Urban Gardens.
• 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 9 through Oct. 27, Old Colorado City (Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., 574-1283). See Thursday's Memorial Park market for details.
• 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., June 16 to Aug. 25, Bergstrom Park (U.S. Highway 24 and Center Street, Woodland Park). Local farmers often at the Saturday Mountain Festival, among approximately 40 attractions including Colorado authors, artists, live music and occasionally a horse that small children can ride.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 16 through Oct. 13, Margarita at PineCreek (7350 Pine Creek Road, farmandartmarket.com). See Wednesday's Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center market for details.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 16 to Oct. 27, Venetucci Farm (5210 S. U.S. Highway 85/87, ppcf.org). See Wednesday's Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center market for details.
• 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 23 through Sept. 29, Doherty High School (4515 Barnes Road, 574-1283). See Thursday's Memorial Park market for details.
• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 7 through Oct. 6, U.S. Hwy. 105, Monument (behind Rosie's Diner and Taco Bell, 213–3323). Up to 60 vendors, like Rocky Ford anchors Smith Family Farms, and cottage industry people.
• 11 a.m to 4 p.m., June 3 to Oct. 7, Briargate (7610 N. Union Blvd., 592-9420). See Monday's Broadmoor market for details.
And one more unusual market: From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, July 1 through Nov. 1, Spencer's Lawn & Garden Center (1430 S. Tejon St., spencersgardens.com) sells produce from third- and fourth-generation growers who deliver fresh items daily. The store's Fountain location at 4720 Center Valley Drive also offers a market on Fridays and Saturdays.
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