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🌽 🍑 🌶️ Local Farmers Markets & Pick-Your-Own Guide

The season's best produce and MORE from local farmers & vendors

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher May 7, 2021

I love to shop for our fresh produce at local Farmers Markets. The produce is perfectly ripe, usually picked just a day or two before the event. I can meet the farmers who grew the food, ask how it was grown, and even get tips on preparing it. 

When produce is grown and sold locally, the money stays in our community, stimulating the local economy. And working farms preserve open space.

Plus, it's fun!

If you haven't shopped at a Farmers Market before, you really are in for a treat. Wear comfortable shoes, bring your own bags and plenty of water, and don't forget the sunscreen. Some stands don't accept credit cards, so stop at the ATM before you go.

Note: All dates, including beginning and end dates, are weather permitting.

Douglas County Farmers Markets

CASTLE ROCK SATURDAY MARKET

  • When: Saturdays from 8:00 AM–12:00 PM
  • Dates: June 19 through October 31, 2021
  • Where: Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., 80108
  • More Info: originalcastlerockfarmersmarket.com

CASTLE ROCK SUNDAY MARKET

  • When: Sundays from 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Dates: May 9 through September 26, 2021
  • Where: Festival Park, 300 2nd St., 80104
  • More Info: thelocalcolorado.com

HIGHLANDS RANCH FARMERS MARKET

  • When: Sundays from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Dates: April 11 through October 31, 2021
  • Where: Highlands Ranch Town Center, 9288 Dorchester St., 80129
  • More Info: www.denverfarmersmarket.com

PARKER FARMERS MARKET

  • When: Sundays from 8:00 AM–1:00 PM
  • Dates: May 9 through October 31, 2021
  • Where: The Schoolhouse Parking Lot, 19650 Mainstreet, 80134
  • More Info: thelocalcolorado.com
Pick-Your-Own Farms

AULT: ADAM'S APPLE ORCHARD & COUNTRY STORE

  • When: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Dates: August 15 through early November
  • Where: 42135 County Rd. 43, Ault, CO 80610
  • What: More than 150 varieties of apples, plums, and pears as well as a do-it-yourself cider press, pumpkins, specialty preserves, and other locally produced agricultural products. While not certified organic, they practice natural and organic methods.
  • More Info: www.adamsapplecolorado.com
  • Contact: hello@adamsapplecolorado.com or (970) 760-0279 

BRIGHTON: BERRY PATCH FARMS

  • When: Saturdays from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Dates: Mid-June through September
  • Where: 13785 Potomac St., Brighton, CO 80601
  • What: Raspberries, strawberries, carrots, pie cherries, currants, basil, cucumbers, and fresh flowers are available for picking. In the produce stand, you'll also find many varieties of other fruits and vegetables, along with coffee beans, meat, eggs, jams, salsas, and gifts. Berry Patch is a Certified Organic farm.
  • More Info: www.berrypatchfarms.com
  • Contact: bpf@qwestoffice.net or (303) 659-5050

FORT COLLINS: THE BARTELS FARM

  • When: Daily from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Dates: Mid-July through October
  • Where: 324 E. Douglas Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • What: Purchase already picked produce from this family-owned and -operated farm, or pick straight from the garden by scheduling it in advance via phone. Melons, herbs, flowers, pumpkins, spinach, kale, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, and a wide variety of other vegetables are available.
  • More Info: thebartelsfarm.com 
  • Contact: llavud@frii.com or (970) 493-3853

FORT COLLINS: GARDEN SWEET

  • When: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Dates: July through September
  • Where: 719 W. Wilcox Ln., Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • What: Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, sunflowers, and other bountiful berries and flowers vary based on the time of the season, but the best picking is available in August and September. Pumpkins are available later in the season. Pick-your-own flower bouquets will be available in July and berry baskets available in August.
  • More Info: gardensweet.com
  • Contact: Info@GardenSweet.com

GOLDEN: NELMS FARMS

  • When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Dates: August 15 through September 15
  • Where: 5305 Orchard St., Golden, CO 80403
  • What: Pick your own pesticide-free and chemical-free apples, peaches, potatoes, and pumpkins by reservation only. You can also purchase local honey produced by their own honeybees. New this year: Bee Tours. Open throughout the summer with advanced reservation you can spend an hour with the bees. They will suit you up, open the honeycomb, and introduce you to the Queen. 
  • More Info: www.nelmsfarm.com
  • Contact: ralph@nelmsfarm.com or (303) 917-2707

LONGMONT: YA YA FARM & ORCHARD

  • When: Dates and times vary 
  • Dates: Mid-July through October
  • Where: 6914 Ute Hwy., Longmont, CO 80503
  • What: Pick your own apples, pears, cherries, pumpkins, veggies, and flowers. While not certified organic, they practice natural and organic methods. Pumpkin Patch opens the first weekend in October. Reservations are required for fruit picking only.
  • More Info: yayafarmandorchard.com/u-pick-it
  • Contact: info@yayafarmandorchard.com or (303) 549-7447

PAONIA: ORCHARD VALLEY FARMS & MARKET

  • When: Daily from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Dates: Memorial Weekend through October
  • Where: 15836 Black Bridge Rd., Paonia, CO 81428
  • What: Pick your own raspberries, cherries, peaches, cucumber, basil, dill, peaches, nectarines, blackberries, raspberries; tomatoes, chili peppers, okra, eggplant, green peppers, zinnias, apples, and pumpkins. Due to an October freeze in 2020, there will be no cherries, blackberries, or spring raspberries this year. Starting the last weekend of September running through October there will be a train running to the pumpkin patch.  
  • More Info: www.orchardvalleyfarms.com
  • Contact: (970) 527-6838

PENROSE: FERRARA'S HAPPY APPLE FARM

  • When: Thursday through Sunday from 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
  • Dates: August 21 through October: Call ahead to ensure ripe produce availability.
  • Where: 1190 1st St., Penrose, CO 81240
  • What: Pears, various types of apples including Red and Golden Delicious apples, and pumpkins. The Country Store sells jams, jellies, marinades, apple butter, pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts, roasted chilies, and more. Free hayrides and free admission! 
  • More Info: www.happyapplefarm.com
  • Contact: atf@bresnan.net or (719) 429-6300

PLATTEVILLE: MILLER FARMS

  • When: Daily from 9:00 AM–6:00 PM 
  • Dates: Labor Day weekend through mid-November
  • Where: 9040 US Hwy 66, Platteville, CO 80651
  • What: Admission includes up to five bags of vegetables: red and yellow onions, peppers, tomatoes, a variety of squash, carrots, leeks, corn, and more. 
  • More Info: millerfarms.net
  • Contact: info@millerfarms.net or (970) 785-6133

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