Need an idea about what to do this weekend in beautiful Vail? Why not check out one of our fabulous farmers’ markets! As we all know, the flower-lined streets of Vail Village and Vail Mountain are just as pretty in the summer as the winter. That is probably one of our best kept secrets! Before you venture to one of these fun farmers’ markets, come see us at American Ski Exchange for fun Vail souvenirs or a cute sundress to show off in town! Below are three of our favorites!
1) Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show
Location: East Meadow Drive in Vail Village Vail, CO 81657
Times: Every Sunday 10am – 3:30pm; July 5th – October 4th
The Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show is located on East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. It showcases Colorado farm-grown produce, over forty food vendors, and an array of Colorado artisans. A few of my produce favorites include Palisade Peaches – they truly rival those in Georgia. Two of the vendors that offer this delectable treat are Clark Family Orchards and Eat A Peach Farms. I also recommend getting a few ears of Olathe sweet corn – it is melt in your mouth goodness. These are two things I never leave the farmers market without.
If you get a little hungry during your walk around town, there are a couple food vendors I would highly recommend. The lobster roll featured by The Left Bank is delicious and is truly reminiscent of a lobsta’ roll you would get in a coastal Maine town. If you are more into barbecue, I recommend stopping for a barbecue sandwich at the Wildwood Smokehouse & Grill tent. If you are a big fan of Taco Tuesdays, like I am, I would order some delicious tacos at Rocky Mountain Taco. Overall, there are a wide variety of local flavor and food choices.
One of the vendors that the dogs of American Ski Exchange love are Kady’s Kollars. Our pups rock their collars. Plus, they are handmade in Colorado and a portion of proceeds are donated to rescue organizations.
There are also a variety of creative goods. From candles made in Breckenridge to beautiful stationary, you are sure to find something uniquely Colorado.
2) Edwards Corner Farmers’ Market
Location: 56 Edwards Village Boulevard Edwards, CO 81632
Times: Every Saturday 9am – 1pm; July 11th – end of summer
The Edwards Corner Farmers’ Market is located roughly fifteen minutes away (via I-70 W) from Vail Village in Edwards, Colorado. It is a great place to meet up with friends and enjoy the beautiful Colorado sunshine! We recommend checking out Borden Farms, Wynn Farms, and Knapp Ranch for incredible flavor filled fruits and vegetables. There are also beautiful bouquets of locally grown flowers for purchase. Whether you buy them as a gift or for yourself, they are sure to make your day a little brighter!
One of the most original ideas offered at this market is a Hovey and Harrison Picnic Pack – which includes a bottle of wine, fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, and sliced meats. Venture down to the Eagle River and enjoy your picnic by the water! Sounds like the perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday!
3) Minturn Market
Location: Downtown Minturn, Minturn, CO 81645
Times: Saturdays 9-2pm; July 4th – September 5th
Downtown Minturn is located roughly eight miles from Vail Village. It is the original Vail Valley farmers’ market and is going twenty-two years strong! Minturn is one of the most eclectic and charming small towns in Colorado. Walking around this market is truly an experience. The Historic Downtown location is reminiscent of an old Wild West town!
The Minturn market is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Whether you are interested in produce, art and jewelry, delectable baked goods, or food vendors – Minturn has it all! One of my favorite things about this market is the number of unique, creative, and handmade gifts, crafts, and art pieces. You are guaranteed to find something unique and distinctly Colorado at this farmers market.
In order to get the freshest produce, I recommend stopping by the Austin Family Farm booth and the Wynn Farms booth. They offer everything from apples and apricots to tomatoes and green beans (and everything in-between). You’ll be hard pressed not to find something delectable!
One of my favorite things to purchase at the market is Colorado honey from Bjorn’s Colorado Honey. They even have a special edition Lavender Honey! Try it before it is gone! I also recommend trying the Smoked Rocky Mountain Rainbow Trout from Eagle Smoked Salmon. Every true Coloradan loves a good Rainbow Trout!
If you are searching for incredible Colorado photography to adorn your walls, you should check out Get the Camera LLC. Nothing is more Colorado than photos of our incredible mountains, wildlife, and rivers. If you are more into abstract art inspired by Colorado, I recommend that you check out Marley Seifert Designs. The brightly colored mountain scenes from this Colorado native are sure to delight! Another impressive artist is Adotsina. She paints incredible scenes of Colorado and Colorado wildlife using millions of dots! It is quite impressive and unique! If you are a fan of contemporary art, I recommend that you check out Gus Contemporary. One of my favorites is his take on the Colorado aspen trees!
I hope you enjoy one – if not all – of these fun Farmers’ Markets here in the Vail Valley! They are definitely local favorites. You just never know what treasure or perfect gift you may come across. It is the perfect way to spend a relaxing Saturday or Sunday here in the mountains!