With all this warm weather, it’s now farmers market season in Colorado. While locally grown warm weather vegetables are weeks away from harvest, one can still purchase Colorado cherries, potatoes, rhubarb, beets, broccoli, lettuce, strawberries, and pinto beans.
To find a local farmers market, check with the Colorado Farmers Market Association website. It has a list of market locations throughout Colorado. http://www.coloradofarmers.org/consumer.htm
People from warm weather states and those with lots of water are often surprised when locally grown vegetables and fruits become available here. In general Colorado is about a month behind other states harvest. It can snow along Colorado’s Front Range till around June 1. It can snow year round in the Colorado mountains.
Many crops in Colorado can only be grown with irrigation. As almost all Colorado water comes from the melting winter snowpack, drought years can be particularly tough on Colorado farmers.
Support locally grown Colorado fruit and produce growers at your local farmers market. You can find out about where it comes from and how it was grown. Many are certified organic while others are pesticide and herbicide free.
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