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The owners of Boulder Bred are firing up the presses and making delicious pressed sandwiches with local ingredients. (Colleen Johns / Boulder County Farmers Markets)
The owners of Boulder Bred are firing up the presses and making delicious pressed sandwiches with local ingredients. (Colleen Johns / Boulder County Farmers Markets)

You know what they say, “Don’t shop for groceries when you’re hungry.”

Whoever says this obviously doesn’t shop at Boulder County Farmers Markets.

Our markets have samples galore, but also a full food court with full-on meals from a wide variety of cuisines.

This week, we’re highlighting some of the incredible stories of and meals from the restaurants that whip up deliciousness in our food court every week. The chefs at our markets are held to the same incredibly high standard of sustainable practices and local sourcing as our farmers and local producers. Stick with a classic breakfast sandwich or branch out by trying a Vietnamese spring roll, a vegan zucchini boat or chicken shawarma wrap.

So, break the “rules.” Come hungry.

New kids on the block: Boulder Bred

In fall 2021, University of Colorado Boulder students Ari Gad and Geoffrey Clark paid a visit to their local downtown Boulder farmers market. They were impressed by the plethora of vendors at the market selling locally sourced goods from in and around Boulder County.

Gad and Clark thought to themselves, “How could we share our passion for the culinary arts in a way that both encourages and inspires market guests to utilize the ingredients grown right in our backyard?”

And thus, Boulder Bred was born: An artisan food stand founded to bridge the gap between local producers and their community. They source their bread, veggies, meat and cheese all from within our market. You definitely don’t want to miss their Cubano.

Well-seasoned vets: Amaizing Corn Tamales

For more than 30 years, Richard Convertito has been bringing rave-worthy tamales to our markets. We get emails every year from tourists who visited our market eons ago and are still thinking about the taste of the sweet, rich masa from these tamales. Don’t sleep on their breakfast burritos.

Produce from Monroe Organic Farm, Honeyacre Enterprises and Cure Organic Farm is stuffed into their soft, pillowy tamales. Don’t skimp on the dipping sauces. We could drink bottles of their ranchero sauce and green chili, if we could. Convertito and his staff are always the first to set up and often the last to leave; their work is an intense labor of love, and our stomachs are thankful.

The food from Pupusas Familia is simple but offers so much in the way of flavor, the ultimate comfort food. (Boulder County Farmers Markets / Courtesy Photo)
The food from Pupusas Familia is simple but offers so much in the way of flavor, the ultimate comfort food. (Boulder County Farmers Markets / Courtesy Photo)

Family affair: Pupusas Familia

The pupusa — a corn pancake stuffed with beans, meat, veggies or cheese — is a well-known dish from El Salvador. Franklin Escobar and his family were raised on a small ranch in El Salvador where they grew beans, rice and vegetables.

Now, Escobar brings these flavors and ingredients to Boulder County. Pupusas Familia has expanded to all three of our markets, and Escobar ’s family members can often be found running the booths as he races between markets.

These pupusas (carnitas, chicken, kale and pinto, black bean and cheese) are delicious fresh off the griddle at the market with a side of curtido. You’re gonna want to grab a pack of frozen pupusas to take home to share with your family, too.

Five-star on wheels: Ting’s Things

Lexi Novack’s passion for Italian cuisine took off when she studied abroad at the Barilla Academy in Parma, Italy. She and her partner, Chris, now bring top-notch gourmet Italian cuisine to the Longmont Farmers Market.

Their menu includes fresh-made pasta, fragrant garlic bread and hot sandwiches. She uses the finest local ingredients, combined with her culinary training, to make a mean meal, including meat from SkyPilot Farm and Buckner Family Ranch, vegetables from Rocky Mountain Fresh and Switchgears Farm, and oils from Healthy Harvest. They use local whenever possible and boy does it show — or taste.

Always fresh: Savory Saigon

Maybe you’ve seen the impressive line at Savory Saigon’s booth on Saturdays and Wednesday evenings. Their loyal customers know that there is something for everyone in their extensive offerings of fresh Vietnamese cuisine. Tammy Phuong Greening has created a menu that ranges from noodle bowls to savory and sweet crepes and includes a colorful array of refreshing drinks from traditional Thai iced tea to innovative pomegranate ginger juices.

Greening immigrated to the United States in 1988 from Vietnam and worked incredibly hard to  become a small business owner in the nail industry. However, in 2006 she realized the hours and work was not rewarding and pivoted to cooking. She has dedicated herself to providing quality food and building community with her customers, farmers and other vendors.

Join the crowd clamoring for a bahn mi and a watermelon juice with basil seed. We promise that the wait is worth it.

If you aren’t already dying to try all of these food court treasures next time you visit the market, there is also wood-fired pizza from Lenin’s Pizza, vegan fare from Resilient Roots, Mediterranean from Charlotte’s Lil Kitchen, Asian fusion from The Orange Tent, burritos and tacos from Tacos del Norte, barbecue from Rev’s Ribs and paella from Caspian Gourmet. The only problem is trying to figure out what you want to try first.

We’ll see you from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening in Boulder and on Saturday in Boulder or Longmont. And don’t forget to forget to eat before coming to the market.

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