Farmers’ markets are an established part of spring and summer in Northern Colorado, from Fort Collins to Loveland and Greeley to Windsor. But it’s no surprise that our farmers’ market season will look quite different this year, as we continue to practice social distancing and wear face masks in public places.
If there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few months, it’s that access to fresh, local produce and other grocery staples is “essential” — and that our farmers and producers need our support now more than ever. That’s why we gathered the most up-to-date information about Northern Colorado farmers’ markets in 2020, featuring details like updated hours, safety protocol and other restrictions to be aware of before you go.
Although the process of getting it might look different, we are thankful to be able to gather the beautiful, fresh bounty of fruits, vegetables and handmade products from the many farmers and producers in our midst. Because there’s nothing like locally grown produce!
NOTE: As details are subject to change as the weeks go on, check each market’s website or Facebook page before you visit for the latest updates.
Like many events and experiences over the last several months, the farmers’ market went virtual! The Northern Colorado Virtual Farmers’ Market started on Facebook in March in order to give community members the opportunity to purchase locally grown food, handmade products and professional business services during the pandemic. Vendors include a wide range of farmers, crafters, artisans and small business owners, all providing a variety of services and products, sometimes delivered straight to your door.
Peruse the options at each online vendor booth, make your selections between Sunday at 9 a.m. and Wednesday at 6 p.m. and pay with a card online. Deliveries occur each Saturday from 12–4 p.m. with pickup available from 1–3 p.m. Delivery and pickup fees vary with each order, depending on your location.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 20 – September
Visit the Fort Collins Farmers’ Market on Drake, formerly known as Drake Road Farmers’ Market, on the northwest corner of West Drake and Wellington every Saturday through September. Each week, you’ll find a fresh selection of breads, pastas, honey, salsas, tamales, soaps, creams, handmade clothing, coffee, sausages, cookies, pies, goat meat, goat milk, goat cheeses, jams, poultry eggs and much more!
The market will have signage encouraging shoppers to shop quickly, use hand sanitizer (provided at each booth), and practice social distancing. Shoppers older than 2 are asked to wear a mask and all vendors and market clerks will wear masks and gloves (or wash hands between each transaction). No dogs are allowed at the market this year. Space between each booth will be expanded to 16 feet. Food cannot be consumed at the market and must be taken to-go. Customers must not handle products and vendor staff will be responsible for bagging products. Credit and debit cards are the preferred method of payment, but market tokens, EBT, SNAP and Double Up will be available.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 20 – September 26, 2020
The Berthoud Local Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday on the southeast corner of Fickel Park in downtown Berthoud. Shop from local vendors, grab lunch from a food truck, and enjoy the sunshine in this beautiful park.
The board has decided to continue with the market for the 2020 season, but there are several changes in place in order to make the market as safe as possible.
Vendors will follow a variety of guidelines, which includes spacing their booths out and wearing masks and gloves at all times, and taking other safety precautions. Shoppers are asked to wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow the lanes defined by markers throughout the market. The market will focus on agriculturally based products and purely artisan booths will be limited. Reusable bags are not allowed at the market and entertainment is not currently allowed, although they will continue to monitor this ruling as updates are published. Check the Berthoud Local Farmers’ Market website for more information as opening day approaches.
Sundays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 7 – September 27, 2020
Head to the north end of Fairgrounds Park in Loveland for the weekly Farmers’ Market at Fairgrounds Park each Sunday throughout the summer. Their lengthy list of vendors means there is never a short supply of fresh produce, dairy, meats, baked goods, beverages and more!
This year, the market is offering less vendors and more of a focus on food and produce. Their booths will be spaced out 6–8 feet apart and a vendor map will be provided to help shoppers easily navigate the booths through the one-way traffic flow. Face masks and social distancing are required for shoppers and vendors will be wearing both masks and gloves at all times. There will be two hand washing stations and various hand sanitizer dispensers at a few booths. Customers are asked to avoid handling products or placing personal belongings on vendor tables. Credit and debit cards are encouraged in order to minimize the exchange of cash, but the market will still offer its SNAP and Double Up vouchers programs. Live music has been cancelled and picnic tables have been removed. All prepared foods must be taken to-go and consumed off-site.
The Farmers’ Market at Fairgrounds Park is working on opening up an online market, which will allow shoppers to preorder items and pick them up curbside. Visit the City of Loveland website to keep up with this development, which is slated to be available by opening day.
Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
May 24 – Mid-November, 2020
The Fort Collins Farmers’ Market is one of the more popular markets in the region, drawing people from all over to visit with local farmers, artisans and small business owners and enjoy the warm afternoon sun in the south end of Fort Collins.
This year, the market will have signage encouraging shoppers to shop quickly, use hand sanitizer (provided at each booth), and practice social distancing. Shoppers older than 2 are asked to wear a mask and all vendors and market clerks will wear masks and gloves (or wash hands between each transaction). No dogs are allowed at the market this year. Space between each booth will be expanded to 16 feet. Food cannot be consumed at the market and must be taken to-go. Customers must not handle products and vendor staff will be responsible for bagging products. Credit and debit cards are the preferred method of payment, but market tokens, EBT, SNAP and Double Up will be available.
Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
June 6 – October 31, 2020
For the 28th year, the Greeley Farmers’ Market at the Depot is offering a wide variety of locally grown and produced food products, including in-season fresh produce, meats, cheese, honey, breads and other baked goods. This lively market takes place at the Union Pacific Depot in the heart of Greeley.
In response to COVID-19, the market is adjusting its systems to align with both state and CDC guidelines. Any shoppers who aren’t feeling well are encouraged to stay home. The market will have signage indicating the main entrance and exit, designed to create a one-way flow of traffic. Visitors are asked to abide by the following rules: wear a mask, have an idea of what products you need, wash your hands, keep a 6-foot distance from other shoppers and vendors, limit what you touch, minimize use of cash, and don’t eat at the market.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
May 23 – October 31, 2020
Photo Courtesy of Larimer County Farmers’ Market
Larimer County Farmers’ Market opens shop every Saturday morning in the Larimer County Courthouse parking lot in Old Town Fort Collins. They are the oldest farmers’ market in the region, having served the community with local products since 1975. Search for a product on your grocery list in advance or find a specific vendor you’re hoping to see during your visit!
This year, the market will feature signage to cut down on foot traffic and limit shopping times. They put together a market map to help shoppers navigate the market and plan their trip ahead of time. Shoppers are asked to get through the market as quickly as possible and not gather on the grassy area. Masks, gloves and social distancing are all encouraged. Market Bucks will not be available this year, and exact change or credit cards are encouraged to limit money handling. EBT cards are still accepted in order to use SNAP or Double Up vouchers, available at the market table near the courthouse entrance. For more details about the market’s 2020 guidelines and protocol, click here.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 20 – September 12, 2020
The Windsor Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturdays in the heart of downtown Windsor. Vendors sell a variety of products, including baked goods, cheese, arts and crafts, herbs, vegetables, fruit, honey, jams, meats and more.
The market has not yet determined their rules and regulations for 2020 in accordance with the social distancing guidelines and recommendations from the Weld County Department of Health and Environment and the Colorado Farmers’ Market Association.
What farmers’ market in NoCo are you frequenting this year? Lettuce know in the comments below!