The Boulder Farmers’ Market is open for the season, which runs from April until October. For this first month, it is only open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., but starting in May it will also be open on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
A local treasure, this is one of the best farmers’ markets around. Almost everything can be found here, from freshly roasted green chilies, to gourmet spreads and dips, to cheeses and wines, to flowers and plants. Much of the food is organic, and all of it is locally grown by the people selling it.
The Market also has a food court with delicious prepared foods, picnic tables, and live music. The food court is the perfect place to grab some breakfast or lunch and take it over to Central Park to sit in the grass and do some serious people-watching.
The Market hosts thousands of Boulderites and visitors every week, some who are there to see the sights and take in the smells, and others who are just there to do their weekly grocery shopping. Saturdays, though, are generally more crowded and more slow-paced, with people chatting with friends while pursuing the booths. (After around 10 a.m. or so, the Saturday Market can get really crowded, so go early if you want to be able to walk at your own pace.)
The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is right next to the Farmers’ Market and offers free admission during both the Saturday and Wednesday Markets. The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse — which was given to Boulder by our sister city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan — is essentially surrounded by the Farmers’ Market. Its hand-carved and hand-painted ceilings, columns, and ceramic panels are worth just stopping in for a look, but the Teahouse also serves delicious international cuisine in addition to their enormous selection of teas.