Fresh Organic Produce – Colorado Farmers Markets
It is indisputable that food that has gone through minimal processing is good for the health compared to food that has been processed. This is due to the fact that processed food acquires a lot of chemicals in comparison to unprocessed food. These chemicals affect our health adversely in the long run. In order to increase access to fresh organic food, there has been the institution of farmers market. In order to understand better, the Colorado farmers markets will be discussed. Colorado is a large state in the USA. Its size of 269,837 km2 is ranked number eight in the United States. It has an estimated population of 5,355,866 which makes it the 22nd largest in terms of population in America. It also has a total of 15 counties.
Considering how large Colorado is, there would be a lot of farmers market. Some of them would be discussed. Also, some advantages and disadvantages of farmers markets would be highlighted. The farmers markets to be discussed are Castle Rock farmers market and Metro Denver farmers market.
Castle Rock Farmers Market
This market runs from July 11 to October 3 2015 and is open on Saturdays from 8 am till Noon. It is located at Third and Elbert Street in Douglas County. The market was initially named Plum Creek Valley Farmers Market and was started by Julia Geolat in 1987. It was hosted at a tennis court beside what is now known as the Wilcox building with just one large vegetable vendor.
The market only accepts farmers that sell horticultural produce and related items. Application for full time vendors must be made before May 1st. Seasonal vendors can apply after May 1st if there are still available spaces. Also their application must not be later than one week before the market.
Metro Denver Farmers Market
Metro Denver farmer’s market is the oldest farmers market of the Denver area. It had been in existence for 38 years. It was started in an Auraria campus parking lot. It is hosted in five locations. The first is Southwest plaza from May 2 to October 31. The venue is Southeast parking lot Wordsworth and Bowles. It is hosted on Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. The second venue is at Lakewood from June 27 to September 26 at 9011 Alameda Avenue from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday.
It is also hosted on Sunday at Highlander ranch town centre, 9288 Dorchester Street from 10 am to 2pm on Sunday. It is also hosted on Wednesday from June 17 to October 28 at Aspen grove lifestyle centre, 7301 Santa fe drive from 10am to 2pm. It is also hosted on Thursday at Wheat Ridge from June 18 to October 29 at 4252 at Wordsworth Boulevard from 10am to 2pm.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Farmers Markets
An advantage of farmers market is that it supports family farmers. In this age of globalisation, most foods are produced by large agribusinesses. Thus, leaving the small time family farmer out of the scheme of things. However, with farmers markets, food is bought directly from the family farmer, thus rewarding them.
A disadvantage is the seasonal nature of the produce. Particular foods will only be available in its season. Thus, one can’t get access to the food he wants except it is its season.
In conclusion, the above has discussed two farmers market in Colorado. Also advantages and disadvantages were discussed.