March 18, 2015 Press Release
Boulder County Farmers Markets Announces 2015 Market Schedule, New Board Members
First Boulder and Longmont farmers markets set for April 4
BOULDER, Mar. 18, 2015—Boulder County Farmers Markets, a seasonal marketplace for locally grown produce, locally produced food products and local artisans, installed new board members and announced its 2015 season at its annual membership meeting on March 7 at the Altona Grange.
New and reinstated board members are Kristy Anderson, owner of Fresh Herb Company in Longmont; Aaron Rice, owner of Jodar Farms in Fort Collins; Dustin Lyman of Famous Brands International in Broomfield; and Chris McMurtry of Wiland Direct in Longmont.
The Boulder and Longmont farmers markets are growers-only markets that support local farmers, ranchers and food producers.
“Farmer sales at our markets in 2014 reached a new record, with the largest growth occurring in Longmont,” said Mark Guttridge, board president for Boulder County Farmers Markets and owner of Ollin Farms. “This year we have some exciting new vendors as well as new events going on at the markets. Customers can expect to see more chef demos, kid’s activities, community collaborations, as well as new seasonal food festivals. The recent warm weather has allowed many of our farmers to get a jump start on the season, and greenhouses and fields are already filling up with crops destined for those first markets in April.”
The opening date for the Boulder and Longmont Farmers Markets, which have the longest farmers market season in Colorado, is April 4. Both Saturday markets will be open through Nov. 21. The Wednesday night Boulder Farmers Market begins on May 6 and runs until Oct. 7. The Wednesday night Longmont Farmers Market, now in its second season, begins June 3 and runs until Sept. 30.
July 21, 2014 Press Release
Boulder County Farmers Markets Launches
Boulder County, CO – Boulder County Farmers’ Markets is launching a brand new concept on July 27, 2014, called “Farm-to-Neighborhood,” focused on bringing neighbors together with fresh food and growers from our community. Boulder County Farmers’ Markets will partner with local chefs and producers to bring healthy and affordable family-style meals to neighborhoods in Boulder County.
Boulder County Farmers’ Markets executive director Brian Coppom says, "Good food nourishes us both physically and spiritually, and sharing food to build community is a tradition that is thousands of years old. These dinners bring the growers right to the residents’ "place", their community. It brings residents and farmers together around a shared table.”
The first Farm-to-Neighborhood dinner will be Sunday evening, July 27, in the Meadowview West neighborhood of Longmont, Colorado. Boulder County Farmers’ Markets is working with the chefs of Blooming Beets Kitchen in Boulder for the Farm-to-Neighborhood program launch. The chefs will be preparing a family-style meal for up to 60 neighbors and community growers, centered on local beef, chicken and vegetables. Boulder County Farmers’ Markets aims to focus on affordability, offering adult tickets for $40 and children’s tickets for $15.
“It's a chance for people to enjoy a great dinner, have fun, and connect. If people learn more about the great qualities of locally produced foods, that's great. If they learn more about the great qualities of their neighbor, that's even better,” says Coppom.
June 20, 2014 Press Release
New Farmers' Market Debuts in Downtown
Longmont June 25
Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs will officiate at official ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.
BOULDER, June 20, 2014—A new downtown Longmont Farmers' Market will debut on Wednesday, June 25 on 5th Avenue between Main and Kimbark streets from 4-8 p.m. Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs will officiate with a ribbon cutting to mark the grand opening.
The Downtown Longmont Farmers' Market is the third farmers market in Boulder County operated by Boulder County Farmers' Markets (BCFM), which worked with the Longmont Downtown Development Authority and the City of Longmont to bring a farmers’ market to the city center. It will feature local family farmers, food vendors and producers. Shoppers who arrive between 3:45 and 4 p.m. on opening day can enter a raffle to win local food prizes.
"This new market gives some of the county's smaller farmers a viable venue to sell their produce, and brings a mid-week market to Longmont," said Brian Coppom, executive director of BCFM.
In addition to this new weekly Wednesday market, Longmont will continue to host its longtime Saturday market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Boulder and Longmont markets are growers-only markets that support only local farmers, ranchers and food producers. For more information about Boulder County Farmers’ Markets, visit www.boulderfarmers.org.