Our Nonprofit

Boulder County Farmers Markets is the brainchild of a group of local farmers, who came together with their vision of a local market in the mid-1980s. What started with a few tables of produce loaded off the backs of pickup trucks has evolved into robust destination markets in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, Denver and Seeds Cafe located inside the Boulder Public Library. The handful of inspired farmers has expanded to include more than 150 local vendors, hosting the longest market season in the State of Colorado.

Alongside that growth, the markets firmly maintain the farmers’ original vision. The nonprofit Boulder County Farmers Markets are producer-only markets: Our farmers and ranchers grow what they sell. Today, the markets serve as community gathering events, provide nourishment to neighbors, boost sustainable agriculture and support the local economy. The bounty of local fruits and vegetables coexist with decorative plants and beautiful flowers. The markets feature everything from locally sourced crafts, potted seedlings for the home gardener, prepared foods from local bakeries, gourmet cheese, small-batch honey and artisan salsas.

 

Boulder County Farmers Markets are zero-waste events, in accordance with a county-wide resolution in 2005.

History of BCFM

1987

The Boulder Farmers Market opened downtown at the Courthouse in 1987, and shortly after, moved to its current home on 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. It is a major attraction for both residents and visitors to the City of Boulder. Today, the market season in that very spot runs from the first Saturday in April through the Saturday preceding Thanksgiving, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1989

The Longmont community grew rapidly, and a weekend farmers market was started in the area.

1992

Wednesday market opened. Today, that Wednesday night market runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday in May the first Wednesday in October.

2003

Boulder County Farmers Markets began managing the Longmont Farmers Market in 2003. That market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds blossomed into a destination market as well, with ample free parking and a pavilion that features family-friendly music events. The market runs from the first Saturday in April through the Saturday preceding Thanksgiving, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2015

The Boulder market was named one of the Top 50 in the country by Cooking Light Magazine in May 2015 and Vegetarian Times in June 2015.
Boulder County Farmers Markets opened Seeds Library Cafe at the Boulder Public Library. The eatery features fresh pastries, salads and sandwiches along with coffee and espresso, with a 75% commitment to local food. It is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Learn more at seedsboulder.com.

2016

Boulder County Farmers Markets started the Union Station Farmers Market at Denver’s Union Station in 2016. The market started as a one-time Harvest Market in 2015 in collaboration with Denver chefs. Now a mainstay of local fresh produce, meats, eggs, and Colorado packaged goods in the heart of downtown Denver with access to all forms of public transportation, walking, and biking. The market runs every Saturday starting Mother’s Day in May weekend through the weekend before Halloween in October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2017

Boulder County Farmers Markets started the Lafayette Farmers Market in 2017 in collaboration with the City of Lafayette. The market spent one year in the parking lot of the Lafayette’s Florist and moved to historic East Simpson St.  The market typically runs every Thursday starting the first week of June weekend through the last Thursday in September from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The market did not open due to COVID in 2020. The market is currently to be determined for the 2021 season. The curbside pickup will continue indefinitely.

2020

For the first time in Boulder County Farmers Markets’ 30 plus year history, the market went fully online in all four market locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While initially, this was a response to the pandemic the operation is expected to continue all-year-round indefinitely as a means to not only give access to fresh, local food safely but reach new customers who prefer online grocery shopping. The online store now offers delivery in Denver through a partnership with the delivery service Bondadosa.

Giving Back

In addition, the Boulder County Farmers Markets give back to the community in many ways. Through a unique partnership with the City of Boulder and Boulder County, the markets help Boulder County residents using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) to double the value of their dollars — Harvest Bucks — when shopping for fruits and vegetables at the markets. BCFM actively participates with other community organizations to support local farmers, advocate for local agriculture, and raise awareness of other community initiatives. This includes organizations such as YMCA of Longmont, City of Boulder, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Longmont Downtown Development Authority, WIC Nutritional Program, CSU Extension, CU Boulder, Eco-Cycle, Downtown Boulder Inc, Boulder County Public Health, and The Shed Boulder County.