Shop for local produce, gifts at weekend Winter Market

Boulder County Farmers Markets brings annual event to Fairgrounds in Longmont

Gingerbread cookies strung for the tree sit at the 2018 Winter Market. (Boulder County Farmers Market / Courtesy photo)

The Boulder County Farmers Markets is hosting its 13th Annual Winter Market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, packing in more than 70 local food growers and producers and 60 Colorado artists. Shoppers can buy local goods from area farmers as well as various artisan crafts while enjoying live music.

Rows of beets available for sale at a previous Winter Market. (Boulder County Farmers Market / Courtesy photo)

This season, make your dollars count while helping your community thrive by shopping local for gifts and meals. Here are some benefits of shopping local:

  • Less fuel will be spent on transportation, and in some cases, produces less packaging
  • More money stays in in the community, boosting the local economy
  • Learn the story behind the food you purchase more intimately, like where the ingredients were sourced and how it was made
  • You are literally supporting your neighbor

We’ve put together a quick gift guide for Winter Market shopping this weekend so you can be uber-local this holiday season.

Stroll down farmers alley

First and foremost, this weekend’s event is a farmers market. Shoppers should plan on getting all holiday fixings from the 30 local farmers and ranchers that are setting up shop. This weekend’s produce selection will include: apples, greens, winter squash, onions, carrots, potatoes, plums, radishes, turnips, garlic and more. Meats available will be pork, beef, chicken, lamb and bison.

Impress with a snack spread

Aside from making a killer vegetable crudité during holiday gatherings, be sure to fill those snack boards with cheeses, salumi, bread, jams, sauces and dips sourced from local packaged companies. And don’t forget about dessert — there will be pies, cookies and vegan bite delights. BCFM staff must-try packaged picks are Bolder Chip Company’s garlic dip for crudité and Bloombox’s lettuce-specific dressings to toss those tasty greens in.

Adorn loved ones with local jewelry

PineOm Creation pendant available for sale at a past Winter Market. (Boulder County Farmers Market / Courtesy photo)

At the Winter Market, shoppers will be able to peruse local creations from 12 jewelers, who all bring unique stories and techniques to the table. PineOm Creations will be selling its wares, a local company that breaks open pine cones and sets its pieces in resin to create unique pendants from nature. Also at the market will be Zeta Leonis Handmade, a company that carefully crafts metal rings, earrings and necklaces and peppers them with rare gemstones.

Picture perfect

Do you have a nature buff on your holiday gift list? Or maybe a fairy tale lover who prefers a little whimsy? Artists and photographers alike will have a large selection of wall decor and prints to choose from in vitually every genre of interest.

Lunch and shop

Grab a locally sourced lunch between shopping in the Winter Market’s outdoor food court. New to the lunch line-up this year is Familia Pupusa and Charlotte’s Lil Kitchen. Then treat yourself to a chocolate dessert at Boulder’s Fortuna Chocolate on the way back into the exhibit building (the truffles also make excellent gifts).

If you go

What: Boulder County Farmers Markets Winter Market

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont

Cost: free



Music by Food for Bears

Vendor demos:

Lather Up an Adventure: At Mountain Time Soap table from 9:30-10 a.m., the crew will take shoppers through the ingredients that go into their soaps and the processes involved in the soap-making process.

Market-Fresh Pasta: At Pastificio’s table from 11-11:30 a.m., they will showcase pasta-making skills and use local ingredients to inspire market visitors to try their hand at the process.

Wintering Your Market Haul: At Aspen Moon’s table from noon-12:30 p.m., they will display different storage techniques visitors can employ with their market produce to ensure it lasts all winter long.


Music by Roma Ransom

Vendor demos:

Block-Printing Basics: The Arubymoon booth from 9:30-10 a.m. will take guests through the design process of print-making by displaying a relief-printing technique to create a gift card or a gift tag.

Winter Wreaths: From 11-11:30 a.m., Butterfly Outpost will use its dried flowers to create wreaths for year-round decoration.

Pickling and Canning How-To: From noon-12:30 p.m., Cajun Mountain Girl will use local produce from the market to demonstrate pickling techniques, tips and tricks.

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