05/21/2011 11:50 am ET | Updated Jul 20, 2011

Farmers Markets: Denver's Best 6

The fields have begun producing, and Colorado’s farmers are bringing their goods to the city. Pick up locally made, organic, fresh produce at these top Denver area farmers markets.

City Park Esplanade Fresh Market: The contrast of the crisp, vibrant baskets of produce against the gritty setting of Colfax heightens the senses at this large downtown event. The urban market bustles in the heart of Denver as customers from around the city stop in to pick up Colorado-grown fruits and veggies as well as artisan cheeses, specialty meats, gourmet foods and wines.
May 15 - Oct 30, Sundays, 9am - 1pm
E. Colfax Ave. & Columbine St.; 303-442-1837

Highlands United Neighbors Farmers Market: This hip neighborhood boasts a market dedicated to nurturing the sustainable living lifestyle so prevalent in the Highlands area. Saturday mornings, wander the vendors then grab a bite at one of the eclectic cafes or coffee shops dotting landscape. It’s a locavore’s dream scene.
June - Oct., Saturdays, 9am - 1pm
1500 block of Boulder St.; 303-734-0718

Cherry Creek Fresh Market: This Colorado Fresh Market boasts only Colorado-grown goods, and it's massive. Find competing vendors with extensive arrays of fresh produce, culinary herbs, handmade pastas, locally prepped foods, roasted chilis and anything else that could possibly be in season. Pick up fresh flowers and the ingredients for your dinner party, then sit at one of the café tables to enjoy the live music. A mini version of the market is held Wednesday mornings.
May 7 - Oct 29, Saturdays, 8am - 1pm, June 15 - Sep. 28, Wednesdays, 9am - 1
1st Ave. & University Blvd.; 303-442-1837

Stapleton Farmers Market: If you want to avoid the crowds of Cherry Creek but still want to partake in the goods, check out the Stapleton’s market in northeast Denver. Also part of Chris and Michelle Burke’s Colorado Fresh Markets, you’ll find locally grown produce, herbs and handmade goods in this quaint and budding Town Center. When you’re finished at the tents, duck into the specialty boutiques lining the street.
Jun 19 - Oct 16, Sundays, 8:30am - 12:30pm
E. 29th Ave. & Roslyn St.; 303-442-1837

Old South Pearl Street: The easy-going, familiar neighborhood feel here is largely due to the many locals wandering over each week from nearby homes in this historic district. South Pearl keeps the vibe fresh with monthly theme days including green living, local eats, a pet fair, health and wellness a chili cook off and more.
June 5 - Oct. 30, Sundays, 9am - 1pm
S. Pearl St. between Florida Ave. & Iowa Ave.

Wheat Ridge Farmers Market: While this smaller market does carry plenty of produce and locally made goods, it’s their EBT service – Electronic Benefits Transfer -- that brings it to our list. At Wheat Ridge, Coloradoans receiving food stamps can use those benefits here to purchase fresh, healthy produce at participating vendors’ booths.
June 16 - Oct. 27, Thursdays, 11am - 3pm
4252 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge; 303-659-2785