‘Tis the Season… for Farmers’ Markets!

by kerryabdow

I’ve determined that spring got its name because we all get a little spring in our step when winter finally releases its icy grip.  Sunshine, budding trees AND the promise of tomatoes?  What’s not to love?!

Truthfully, we get lots of sunshine in Denver – even in winter – BUT we can get snow past Memorial Day.  So when the time between snowstorms gets longer and longer, we can be pretty sure that summer is just around the corner.

And nothing makes me feel more summerish than visiting a farmers’ market!  We had planned a Saturday morning trip to Boulder to visit their awesome market this weekend, but the impromptu visit from Jorge, the lawn aerator guy, forced us to rethink our itinerary.  We ended up at the Denver Urban Homesteading Indoor Farmers’ Market on 2nd and Santa Fe, and it was SO FUN!!

We’ve been to this market a couple of times before, but were introduced to some new local vendors, including bicycle cart vendor Christopher from Aiko Pops.  He’s a transplanted New Yorker who makes gourmet popsicles with organic fruits and vegetables.  This is “Pickle” – cucumber, dill and a pinch of sugar.  Oh.  Emm.  Gee.

Here are husband and I posing for Christopher for a happy (truly happy!) customers picture…

… and checking out the results.  Look how excited husband is!

Christopher – The Smooth Poperator – is hilaaaaaaarious and fun AND has amazing products!  You’ve got to visit him – pop over! – and have yourself an icy treat.  He even has “pupsicles” for dogs!  We took one home for Pinky and Sammy…

… and they were smitten from first lick.  Can you see that there is a little doggy bone instead of a wooden stick?  Love!

Aside from our new friend, there are a ton of amazing Colorado vendors at this market.  We really loved Ryan (I think that was his name… you know… the memory isn’t what it was…) from R&R, a coffee café just north of Colorado Springs.  Talk about passionate and knowledgeable!  He was using the “pour over” method to create coffee that husband declared his favorite EVER in his life.  True story.

We had the Guatemalan blend that was incredibly smooth and had a hint of cardamom – not added, just the natural flavor from the beans!  Totally delish and doesn’t give you that annoying caffeine jolt, just a happy little buzz.  Yay.

With our newfound energy, we had the opportunity to taste a plethora of abundance, including gluten-free, grain-free pasta by Cappello (bought some FRESH fettuccine and can’t wait to try it out!!) served up by this very sweet young bearded man…

… and fresh sauces from DiFranco’s.  They’re opening a little pasta/sauce joint here at 10th and Lincoln in a couple of months and I’m super excited!  So is Ryan – *cute!*

We also bought one perfect organic tomato, scratch-made empanadas, tamales from the sweet woman who was selling about a half block away, fresh goat cheddar, amazing artisinal bread, more pasta, and zesty pickles.  Yes, zesty pickles!  *a little jalapeno does a body good*  Check out part of our haul:

Inspired by my booty (Ahoy, Matey!), I decided to make myself a yummy pickle sandwich.  Yes.  Pickle sandwich.  With that amazing ancient grains bread, goat cheddar, hummus, Organic Girl greens and… zesty pickles!  One more time… Oh.  Emm.  Gee.  It was the best sandwich I’ve had in my entire life.  Or at least on Saturday.

We also got to take an up-close-and-personal look at a Tower Garden, an aeroponic vertical gardening system!  I am obsessed with getting one for my back yard when they become available in a few weeks so I can grow my own vegetables at home –

If you want some information on the Tower Garden, send me an email at kathy.welsh@comcast.net.  I can hook you UP.

We’re planning on weekly farmers’ market adventures, so… strap yourself in, people!  It’s going to be a wild ride!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Cheers, dears!