How to support your favorite farmers this winter

Boland County Farmers Markets

Winter is coming. The heat is cranked, sweaters and beanies pulled out of storage, and the first frost has reached our Front Range bar, marking the beginning of the end of the market season.

Shoppers can still expect to find a wide variety of produce at farmers markets in Boulder and Longmont in the coming weeks, as the final harvest of root vegetables, winter squash and staples like onions and garlic make their way to the market booth .

Now is the time to stock up on your favorite items and choose your favorite way to preserve them – be it canning, pickling, freezing or just sharing with those closest to you.

Customers can expect a variety of products, vegetarian or meat protein items, and local packaged goods.  (Kirsten Boyer??

Even though our final street markets in Boulder and Longmont will take place on November 19th, that doesn’t mean we have to stop supporting our local food producers. To make eating local as convenient and delicious as possible, the Boulder County Farmers Market has a new way to shop from our online marketplace: Winter Market Share.

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Think of it as examples of a Farmers Market, where you can find a wide variety of produce, protein and packaged goods from your favorite local producers instead of picking up food from one farm every week. With options for small shares (one or two people) and large shares (between two and four people), the Winter Market Share is suitable for anyone looking for:

• a way to continue enjoying local food and supporting Colorado producers during the winter months,

• the ability to “set it and forget it” rather than placing a custom order every week,

• and new, interesting ingredients and products to help you break out of your recipe box.

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Winter Market Shares will be available for eight weeks starting the week of December 5th (no shares available the weeks of December 20th and December 27th) and ending the week of February 13th. Each share will include fresh produce from Colorado farmers. , meat-friendly or vegetarian protein options, and a variety of packaged or frozen local items such as pasta, hot sauce and coffee. Winter Market Share customers can pick up their orders each week at Boulder County Farmers Market curbside pickup locations:

Boulder: Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 pm in the parking lot on the corner of 13th Street and Canyon Boulevard

Longmont: Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Boulder County Farmers Market warehouse, 1821 Left Circle, Unit D

Lafayette: Thursday from 4 to 5:30 pm on the corner of East Simpson Street and Michigan Avenue

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Denver: Sunday from 10 to 11 am at The Source in the RiNo Parking Lot (3350 Brighton Boulevard)

Pre-orders for the Winter Market Share are on sale until November 20th. Invest in a small share for the season for only $360 ($45 per week) or a large share for $480 ($60 per week). Thanks to the Double Up Food Bucks program, SNAP customers can get a $240 discount on a small portion and $320 on a large portion of the Winter Market.

Every purchase of Boland County Farmers Market Winter Shares helps boost local farmers and producers whose incomes typically take a hit during the winter months. Your support of Winter Shares will grow the many local vendors and allow them to sustain their businesses throughout the year.

Visit bcfm.org/winter-share for more information and to purchase a Winter Share today.

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