Colorado Local Foods Guide

Colorado is a great state for local foods with a varied agriculture, famed orchard fruits, plenty of farmers markets, and a vibrant local foods movement. Here's how to find great local foods in Colorado, from seasonal guides to farmers market listings.

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    Colorado Fruits & Vegetables

    Agriculture - Yellow Onions harvested and in sacks / Colorado, USA.
    Yellow onions harvested and in sacks, Colorado, USA. Getty Images/Jim Stephenson

    Colorado has large potato and onion crops, as well as carrots, corn, spinach and salad greens. The Western Slope area grows famously good apples, peaches, apricots, and cherries. Smaller specialty crops show up at farmers markets around the state, but this Guide to Colorado Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables is a good place to get started knowing what to expect when.

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    Colorado Farmers Markets

    Image of Vail Farmers Market Tents
    Vail Farmers Market. Photo Used With Permission from the Vail Farmers Market

    Find a Colorado Farmers Market near you to get started eating local, seasonal produce. Many markets in Colorado also sell honey, pastured meats, and artisan cheeses.

    Whether you're an old hand or new to farmers market shopping, see these Ten Tips for Shopping Farmers Markets before you head out.

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    Colorado Favorites: Bison

    American Bison
    American Bison. Photo © Paul E Tessier, used with permission from Getty Images

    That prairie in the eastern part of the state? That was once filled with bison. Some people are trying to bring it back, such as Black Forest Bison in Colorado Springs.

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    Colorado Favorites: Peaches

    Peaches. Photo © Molly Watson

    The sunny foothills of Colorado are a prime growing area for some amazing peaches. Look for them in mid- to late-summer at farmers markets, farm stands, and stores smart enough to source these local fruits. Then learn All About Peaches to make the most of your haul.

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    Colorado Local Foods Resources

    Beets at a farmer's market, Boulder, Colorado
    Beets at a farmer's market, Boulder, Colorado. Getty Images/James Gritz

    For more information about eating locally and finding local foods in Colorado, check out these organizations: