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Juicy Colorado-grown apricots are in season at Boulder County Farmers Markets. (Boulder County Farmers Markets / Courtesy Photo)
Juicy Colorado-grown apricots are in season at Boulder County Farmers Markets. (Boulder County Farmers Markets / Courtesy Photo)

We love all local produce, but when farmers start to sell fruit at the markets we get really excited. Sweet and delicious, Colorado fruit is unlike any other. Sure, you can buy fruit at the supermarket or from Imperfect Foods whenever, but they’re trucked in from all over the country, refrigerated for who knows how long, and taste like it.

Meanwhile, local farmers are growing fruit — including apricots — right here at home — and they taste so fresh. From our farms to your table, one of the surest signs of summer is apricots. Sliced on a salad and served with onions and greens, they are divine. We eat them whole, in the car, while on summer road trips.

Great when topped with sugar (let them wait an hour on the counter) and used as a topping for ice cream. Perfect with your morning yogurt with granola or chia seeds.

According to the National Farmers Market Managers, July through September are the months that are most attended for our region’s farmers markets. We all know why, Colorado is a slow burn for growing produce, but when it’s here we’re clamoring for sunshine, live music and abundant produce.

We also suspect fruit may have something to do with it. Who can resist a juicy apricot on a sunny summer day?

Don’t forget we have curbside ordering year-round, and this week’s orders for Longmont and Denver include apricots! Sign up for an account and we’ll send you updates on Sunday morning for Boulder and Lafayette pickups. The windows for curbside are Sunday through Tuesday at 1 p.m. for Boulder and Lafayette; Tuesday through Thursday at noon for Denver and Longmont.

The Boulder pickup is particularly delightful, because you can order your food in advance and attend the beer garden on Wednesday evening. Listen to the live music, enjoy your friends and family, browse the booths and leave with your curbside order.

Sweet and Savory Apricot Toast

Seeds Chef Matt Collier offers us this sweet, creamy and savory toast in which apricots can really shine. As breakfast, an appetizer or a light meal on its own, this toast will help you rethink stone fruit and its versatility.

  • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable or olive oil
  • Water
  • Salt
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 4 apricots, pit removed and sliced into thin wedges
  • 2 tablespoons local goat cheese or ricotta cheese


  • Place the oil and onions in a large sauté pan, and cook over medium-high heat for 20 to 30 minutes. Stir occasionally, allowing onions to brown.
  • Scrape the browned bits of onions off the pan and set aside.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of water to deglaze  the pan. Season with salt, and allow to  cool.
  • Toast the bread, and cut the slices in half.
  • Brush the toast with the deglazed onion/salt mixture.
  • Top the toast with the browned onions, sliced apricots and crumbled goat cheese or ricotta.

If you make this recipe show us your photos! We’re on Instagram at @BCFM

At the market this week

Fruit at the market! Yes, please. Beer garden on Wednesday nights starting at 4 p.m. in Boulder. Apricots galore. We have ready-to-bake frozen peach pies. Browse the markets and enjoy the weather, the live music and camaraderie. Choose your journey: Check out our curbside offerings and stop by the markets. Fresh flowers and plants. Squash, cucumbers and carrots. Everything is local: cheeses and mushrooms in several varieties. Pupusas, pierogies in several flavors, farm-fresh eggs, tamales, pasta, spinach, potatoes, kombucha, green onions, local honey, granola, vegan ice cream and several varieties of meats including ribs. Tomatoes, daikon and tender greens. In-person markets are open in Longmont, Boulder and Denver every Saturday. No reservations required. Curbside pickup is available in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette and Denver. Shop online at

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