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Shop local: Don’t miss Grand Valley’s variety of farmers’ markets

Compiled by Caitlin Row
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Cherries are seen for sale at a farmers' market in Grand Junction.
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Eat farm-fresh, local foods daily with help from Grand Valley’s weekly farmers’ markets — in Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade.

Stock up on produce, then spend the day downtown. Head to one, or visit all three. Each market offers delicious food and family fun for everyone.

GRAND JUNCTION

When: Thursdays, starting at 5:30 p.m. until dusk — June 19 through Sept. 25, 2014

Where: Downtown’s Main Street

About: Farmers’ market visitors peruse vendor stalls filled with fresh produce and artisinal baked goods. Local musicians perform weekly, strumming and singing for folks browsing through the booths.

Insider’s tip: “It’s a social event,” Downtown event organizer Aaron Hoffman said. “It’s where people in Grand Junction bring their kids, meet their friends, meet new people, and enjoy everything that downtown Grand Junction has to offer!”

More info: http://www.downtowngj.org

FRUITA

When: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — June 28 through Sept. 20, 2014

Where: Fruita Civic Center’s lawn

About: Visitors to this farmers’ market love to browse and buy local/regional produce, along with unique baked goods and crafts. Live, all-ages entertainment is often offered, including games for kids.

Insider’s tip: “While you’re at the farmers’ market, check out Fruita’s new historical markers, sure to educate you while you shop,” Fruita Chamber’s Robbie Urquhart said.

More info: http://www.fruitachamber.org

PALISADE

When: Sundays — June 15 through Sept. 21, 2014

Where: Downtown on Main Street and Third Street

About: All-local food vendors sell produce, along with artisans and craftsman from throughout the region. Visitors to the valley often flock to Palisade’s market during peach season in mid-July, searching for the ripest and sweetest fruit available.

Insider’s tip: A two-hour wine tour with Absolute Prestige leaves from the farmers’ market after lunch, Palisade’s recreation and events coordinator Sarah Brooks said.

More info: http://www.palisadetourism.com


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