Boulder was alive Saturday with the aromas of fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and redemption lingering in the air.

The first Boulder farmers' Market of the season welcomed a crowd-pleasing mix of old and new booths, but many eyes were on the farmers who faced flood and other weather-related adversities with 2013's crops.

Wyatt Barnes of the Red Wagon Organic Farm in east Boulder is one such farmer.

Barnes said this year is already starting off better than last as his farm has five acres planted, whereas it had none last year, due to snow. His booth offered cartons of carrots, spinach, and a plenitude of other assorted greens.

Jessica Beer pets a goat from Boulder’s Mountain Flower Goat Dairy on the opening day of the Boulder Farmers’ Market, Saturday.
Jessica Beer pets a goat from Boulder's Mountain Flower Goat Dairy on the opening day of the Boulder Farmers' Market, Saturday. (Paul Aiken / Daily Camera)

"We just had a really hard financial year with the snow, then a drought that we planned for but never happened, then the flood, and that just sucked. We don't know until the end if we're going to make any money. We're just trying to plan for a big year now," Barnes said.

The September floods wreaked havoc on many farmers' crops, but Barnes said the biggest impact was the week of sales at the farmers' market he had to miss.

"This is how we make our living, so if nobody comes, that's hard," he said.

The Ela Family Farms booth parked a few down from Barnes'. Jam jars and packages of dried fruit lined their displays.

"We do fruit," Jeni Nagle, Front Range representative for the farm, said. "We're tree people."

While Nagle said the farm avoided any flood damages, she still expressed anxiety regarding the fruit this year.

"These next two months for fruit-growers are the make-or-break for our season," Nagle said. "If we get a freeze, that's it. Growing fruit is different from growing veggies because you can't replant fruit. You can replant veggies if something goes wrong. That's why we grow a diversity of crops that bloom at different times."

Despite the nervousness, Nagle said she was hopeful for a good season. Julie Felt was helping with sales at the Ela Family Farms booth, and she expressed her excitement, as well.

"We wake up at 4 a.m. on these days, and we're like, 'yay!'" Felt said.

Customers at the market shared similar positive sentiments.

"I come here because it's really delicious, really local food," Lianna Devereaux, Boulder resident, said. "I can't even have King Soopers peaches anymore. Peaches here are too damn tasty."

Cindy Pickerel journeys to the farmers' market from Broomfield about twice a month to get her fix of "fresh, organic produce."

"I'm excited to be here. I came early to see what all was here. I bought all kinds of greens and starter plants for my garden," she said.

Todd Smith of the Rocky Mountain Fresh booth understands that customers come around for the quality and freshness of his produce. His stand consisted of cucumbers, kale, arugula, dill, butter crunch lettuce, and assorted greens.

"It's good to know your farmer," he said. "USDA organic is a sad excuse for organic products. When people buy from me, they know what they're getting."