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Farmers markets open across the city
 
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By Joseph Rios
Privera@lavozcolorado.com
 
06/06/2018

The outdoor farmers market season is officially upon us, and there are markets sprouting up all across Colorado, making them easily accessible.

Here is where and when you can find some of Colorado’s farmer markets if you’re looking to buy fresh produce:

Mondays, Steamboat Springs 141 9th St., year round 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.,

Tuesdays, Broomfield, 1700 W. 10th Ave., June 12 - Sept. 25, 4 p.m.- 7 p.m., Wheat Ridge, 7043 W. 38th Ave.

Wednesdays, Boulder, 13th St. between Canyon Blvd. & Arapahoe Ave., now until Oct. 3, 4 p.m.- 8 p.m., Denver, 1st & University at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, June 13 -Oct. 26, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Thursdays, Colorado Springs, 6885 Vista Del Pico Blvd, June 7 - Sept. 6, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Edgewater, 25th & Sheridan Blvd., June 21-Sept. 6, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Fridays, Dillon, Lodgepole St., June 8 - Sept. 14, Littleton, 5663 S. Prince St., June 29 – Aug. 31, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturdays, Aspen E. Hopkins Ave. & S. Hunter St., June 16 – Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aurora, 6155 S. Main St, now until Sept. 29, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sundays, Arvada, 57th & Olde Wadsworth, June – Sept. 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Denver, 46th & Tennyson St., June 17 – Aug. 26, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The farmers markets listed are just a small sampling of the farmer markets available in Colorado.

Colorado wants farmer markets to be accessible for everyone, and one way it is doing that is through the Double Up Food Bucks Program. The program allows shoppers who use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (food stamps) to purchase products from farmer markets. Jefferson County Public Health in particular is partnered with farmer’s markets so that they can accept SNAP benefits.

“We know that the Double Up Food Bucks program helps those who need it most get more, higher-quality food. In 2017, 87 percent of Colorado program participants said they eat more fruits and vegetables directly because of Double Up Food Bucks,” Jenna Metzinger said. Metzinger is the Farmer’s Market SNAP Coordinator at Jefferson County Public Health. “It really is a win-win-win, because it helps provide more healthy food for those in need, puts more money into our local farmers’ pockets and it boosts our local economy.”

Jefferson County started participating in the Double Up Food Bucks Program in 2016. Last year over $20,000 of SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks dollars were used to purchase items at Jefferson County farmer markets. It is believed that people will use the program more this year because of an increase in available markets and an increase in awareness of the program.

People interested in the program can find more information about participating Jefferson County Farmers Markets at www.healthyjeffeco.com/snap-at-jeffco-farmers-markets. Other Double Up Food Bucks markets can be found by texting a local zip code to 1-844-383-2399, or by visiting
www.doubleupcolorado.org/

“The great thing about farmers markets accepting SNAP dollars is that it really allows those who need it most in our community to have an equal chance at health,” Metzinger said. “When it comes down to it, that’s something we can all get behind.”

 

 

 

 

 
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