Boulder County Farmers Markets: At the Market: Avoid supply chain chaos and shop local at BCFM’s Winter Market

Boulder County Farmers Market will host its Winter Market on Saturday and Sunday in Longmont, with local produce, prepared foods and gifts for sale. (Boulder County Farmers Market / Courtesy Photo)
Boulder County Farmers Market will host its Winter Market on Saturday and Sunday in Longmont, with local produce, prepared foods and gifts for sale. (Boulder County Farmers Market / Courtesy Photo)
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Boulder County Farmers Markets

Just because our supply chains are melting down doesn’t mean you have to this holiday season.

Winter cabbage is pictured at a Boulder County Farmers Market stand. (Boulder County Farmers Market /Courtesy Photo)

Rather than panic about the skyrocketing price of coffee at the grocery store or whether or not your gift for Auntie Marge will arrive on time , take a stroll through the festive bounty at Boulder County Farmers Markets’ annual Winter Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Longmont. You can’t get more local than buying straight from the producer (otherwise known as your neighbor).

We’ve put together a gift guide for shopping our Winter Market this weekend because, with more than 50 food vendors and 60 artisans, you’d better start writing your wish lists now — with a sparkly red pen, if you’ve got one.

Local bakers will be selling holiday treats at the Winter Market this weekend. (Boulder County Farmers Market / Courtesy Photo)

Stock up on storage crops

Farmers markets are our bread and butter, and this weekend will be no different. Visit your favorite ranchers and farmers from the summer markets to fill your holiday menus and gather produce for canning, freezing and snacking this winter. Pro tip: If you’ve never tried a storage carrot, you’re in for a treat.

This weekend’s produce selection will include apples, winter squash, onions, carrots, potatoes, greens, radishes, turnips, garlic and more. Local meats will include pork, beef, and lamb — all pasture-raised in Colorado.

The Winter Market will have hand-made gifts, including jewelry by Dana Birke Designs. (Boulder County Farmers Market / Courtesy Photo)

Snack spreads and sweets

Gluten-free or gluten-loving, vegan or omnivore, dairy-free or dairy-full, we have pastries and desserts for every type of sugar lover from Moon Racoon Baking, Hinman Pie, The Bread Chic and Kim and Jake’s. We’ll also have local jams, sauces and spreads to pair with bread, pasta, crackers and chips. Local charcuterie tray, anyone?

Give the gift of art

Shop beautiful selections of jewelry, candles, soaps and textiles — all handmade by local artists. The Arvada Ceramic Guild, Goddess Gear and Dana Birke Designs are just a few of the many artisans bringing frame-worthy pieces for the art collector in your life. Local art will include ceramics, jewelry, textiles, fine art and more.

Fuel up mid-shop

Work up an appetite carrying around those bags of purple cabbage you’re making into kimchi for stocking stuffers? Grab a pizza from Lenin’s Wood-Fired Pizza, treat yourself to Pupusas Familia, or devour a dosa from Anji’s Probiotic Kitchen. And would it be a Winter Market without hot cocoa or holiday latte from Fair Isle Coffee?

They call it the most wonderful time of the year for a reason. Don’t let supply chain issues get you down. Shop local to nip last-minute stress shopping in the bud, while supporting your local community. See you Saturday and Sunday, with bells on!

Prepared dishes from Pupusas Familia and other local vendors will be available at the Winter Market on Saturday and Sunday. (Boulder County Farmers Market / Courtesy Photo)

Know before you go

What: Boulder County Farmers Markets Winter Market

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont

Cost: Free, RSVP at facebook.com/events/1844856022373873/.

To enter: Proof of vaccination is required along with a mask when shopping indoor vendors, per the Colorado Department of Health’s mandate.

Info: bcfm.org/home-page/wintermarket

Events and entertainment

Saturday

Music by Category Five Jazz Quartet and Rocky Mountain Chorale

Vendor demos

Making Fresh Pasta with Pastificio at 10 a.m.

Dying Handmade Textile with Carrie Miller Textiles at 1 p.m.

Sunday

Music by Derek Dame Ohl and Cliffside Rodeo

Vendor demos

Making Fresh Pasta with Pastificio at 10 a.m.

Stacking Storage Crops with the BCFM Online Markets Team at 1 p.m.