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Five summer farmers markets in Denver to explore

Plums at a Saturday Farmers Market in Denver
Sam Faktorow

Summer has arrived, and while that certainly means it's time to find a patio, picnic, or park, it's also the perfect opportunity to explore local produce and other goods at your favorite farmers markets. Denver is lucky enough to have a fantastic variety of unique and top quality farmers markets; you could spend every weekend at a new spot trying out different products made by people from your community. Below is a list of five of the farmers markets in and around Denver you need to make your way to this summer.

Cherry Creek Fresh Market
Cherry Creek Fresh Market Sam Faktorow

Cherry Creek Fresh Market

Strategically stationed in a parking lot of the Cherry Creek Mall, Cherry Creek Fresh Market is the largest farmers market in the city. Featuring a smattering of many different local and regional foods, you can sample salsas, cheeses, jams, cakes, and more while admiring colorful fruits, salivating over the food trucks, and listening to talented musicians work their magic. Starting June 18th, it will also be open Wednesday mornings.

Where: East First Avenue and University Boulevard

When: Saturdays, May 3 - October 25, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Wednesdays, June 18 - September 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Highland United Neighbors Farmers Market
Highland United Neighbors Farmers Market Sam Faktorow

Highland United Neighbors Farmers Market

Located in the trendy LoHi neighborhood by hip hotspots like Linger, Forest Room 5, and Colt & Gray, Highland United Neighbors Farmers Market is a great starting point for a day of exploring northwest Denver's neighborhoods. With easy access to Confluence Park, Sloan's Lake Park, and Berkeley Park, Highland United Neighbors Farmers Market is the perfect place to buy all your picnic fixings before a beautiful Saturday outside in Denver.

Where: 15th Street, Boulder Street, and Umatilla Street

When: Saturdays, May 11 - November 2, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m

South Pearl Street Farmers Market
South Pearl Street Farmers Market Sam Faktorow

South Pearl Street Farmers Market

Brushing shoulders with historic storefronts and old growth trees is the South Pearl Street Farmers Market. Flowers, fruit, artisan cheeses, and fresh picked vegetables line the booths of this quaint farmers market. With some of Denver's best restaurants nearby, you can enjoy a casual brunch before exploring the market.

Where: Old South Pearl Street between Florida Avenue and Iowa Avenue

When: Sundays, May 11 - November 2, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

City Park Esplanade Fresh Market
City Park Esplanade Fresh Market Sam Faktorow

City Park Esplanade Fresh Market

Seventeen years since it first began, City Park Esplanade Fresh Market is set up next to historic Sullivan Fountain by East High School. Right in the middle of the city, there is ample parking and vendors from all around the state selling fabulous, unique products. A true urban farmers market, there are plenty of attractions, restaurants, and shops nearby along Colfax that are within walking distance.

Where: East Colfax Avenue and Columbine Street

When: Sundays, June 1 - October 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Mile High Flea Market
Mile High Flea Market Sam Faktorow

Mile High Flea Market

Located 15 miles outside of Denver in Henderson, Colorado, Mile High Flea Market is the largest open-air shopping and entertainment venue in the entire state, complete with food, rides, trinkets, and music. Unlike the other markets listed here, Mile High Flea Market is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all year long. Between 80 acres of vendors and entertainers, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Where: 7007 East 88th Avenue

When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the entire year.