Adventures in Colorado: Boulder Farmers Market
Before I had even booked my flight, I knew that I was going to love Colorado. I had heard loads of good things about it from friends who once lived there, and I had researched all kinds of awesome things to do while visiting. When I finally made it out there last month, I immediately felt a sense of comfort that can be hard to find while traveling.
When it was time to head home, it came as no surprise to me (or anyone around me, probably) that I wasn’t quite ready to leave yet. I hadn’t even begun the trek home, and I was already talking about a return trip! Everything was just so jaw-droppingly beautiful. Everywhere I turned, there was another gorgeous view, great vegan restaurant, or fun thing to do.
We were in Colorado for one week, and our schedule was jam-packed with things to do and see. I had to write everything down in my planner so I wouldn’t forget, and I filled the thing ‘til it nearly burst!
On our first full day in Colorado, we explored Boulder and checked out the Boulder Farmers Market. Be still, my heart!
This beloved, Boulder event takes place
Wednesdays: 4 PM to 8 PM, May - October
Saturdays: 8 AM to 2 PM, April - November.
You can find the market on 13th Street between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave.
Driving into Boulder, we were greeted by stunning views of the Flatirons - A series of unusual rock formations on Green Mountain and the unofficial symbol of Boulder.
As soon as we walked into the market, I was in trouble. I wanted just about everything. There were tons of vendors touting fresh, local goods: Produce, salsas, sauces, baked goods, craft beverages, and more. We spied pretzels, vegan gelato, freshly baked bread, handmade pasta, and about a million other things that I wanted to take home.
I fell in love with the fresh-cut (and very well priced) local flowers at several different vendors. Josh and I both sampled so many delicious coffees, spirits, kombuchas, salsas, hot sauces, and other tasty treats that we barely needed to buy anything for lunch. (We still did, though, obviously!) We even snagged a few treats to bring home to our parents.
When we were finished perusing the main market, we made our way to the food court. While we walked around and checked out our lunch options, we were serenaded by some great live music. After much debate, I chose to get some bao from Wholly Bao. (You can check out their Instagram here.) I had the vegan Rain-Bao, with golden tofu, carrots, kimchi, cilantro, mint, and cashew sauce.
OH MAN! So good! I could have eaten several of these, although I resisted the temptation and stuck to one. It was fresh, flavorful, and mouthwatering-ly delectable. Two thumbs up for Wholly Bao! Maybe I'll go back sometime and try a Kimchi Grain Bowl with Golden Tofu!
We ended up snagging a cute little bistro table right inside the market, but next time, I think we will take our lunch next door to Boulder's Central Park. With lush, green grass and a great view of Boulder Creek, it's the perfect place for a picnic!
If you're looking to add an extra dose of culture to your visit, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is located right next to the market! Admission is only $1.00 most days, and I heard through the grapevine that it's free on Saturdays! Sadly, we didn't get a chance to check it out this time around, but we did see this cool sculpture right outside!
Overall, I was head over heels in love with this farmers market. If I lived in Boulder, I would be there every week. Josh and I could have spent hundreds of dollars had we possessed the extra cash. He wanted to buy ALL of the coffee and salsa, and I wanted to buy, well, everything else.
The vegan options were plentiful and everywhere we turned there was another great vendor. If you're ever in the Boulder area, I highly recommend popping by the Boulder Farmers Market!
Once we finished our food, we headed over to nearby Pearl Street (another must see!) and checked out some cute shops. I found a great little Colorado onesie for my soon-to-be niece or nephew, as well as some nice post cards to send to our family back home.
After that, it was time to head back to Denver. Our evening plans included our first ever Cirque du Soleil show and a late night trip to City O' City. More on both of those to come, so be on the lookout!
So tell me, what's your favorite place to buy fresh, local goods? Have you ever been to the Boulder Farmers Market? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts! I look forward to hearing from you.