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Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market is dedicated to giving consumers an opportunity to support local entrepreneurs, farms and gardens and to benefit by purchasing fresh, safely produced food at a fair price year round through our new indoor market. We are also committed to providing a year round option for small businesses to sell their products and maintain a stable source of income.
There are no longer any year round indoor markets in the Denver area aside from the corporate stores. It is essential that businesses operate profitably, and we are no different, but profit making is not our primary objective in raising healthy animals and vegetables. As the agricultural trend from the small family farm to corporately controlled operations has occurred, the same attention to animal health, safely grown crops and vegetables has diminished in favor of profit making. While we all benefit from efficient food production, food safety is often forfeited to achieve profit goals. Small producers generally are diligent in their efforts to be accountable for their products. It is much more difficult to hold large, cumbersome corporate entities equally accountable. Even though they make enormous contributions to providing communities with healthy, safe food, small producers struggle to thrive and grow, because they cannot obtain funding to buy new equipment, expand into a new market or consolidate debt. Larger corporate farms can obtain financing for nearly any purpose including purchasing the small farm next door. Yet the products from these operations is not guaranteed safe, it is not guaranteed to be healthy. Consumers can only guess as to how the food they buy from them was produced
By buying fresh, local food, consumers gain some control over what they eat. And by sharing information and resources, the urban and rural communities can work together to improve the safety and quality of food for all.
10 Reasons to Shop the Farmer’s Market
By Joanne Littau
I love Farmer’s Markets. Some of my favorite memories are of joining my in-laws on a late summer’s day for a trip to the farmer’s market. I looked forward to those days more than they probably know. I’m not even sure they remember the trips we made. On those days, we would climb into the car and head north of Denver to visit the farms. I bought tomatoes and corn, beans, cauliflower, and cabbage. The cabbage turned into homemade sauerkraut, which my husband loves.
I’m so thankful for the farmer’s market this year. When in season, I buy peaches nearly every weekend. I make peach cobbler, peach ice cream, peach-mango salsa, and grilled peaches. Peaches. That’s where I’ll start my list.
- Colorado Wise Acres Farms ~ Fresh eggs, fall vegetables, lamb, squash, tomatoes, potatoes
- The Jelly Jar llc ~ Peach Butter, Peach Jelly, Red Wine Jelly, Chocolate-Raspberry Sauce, Blueberry Jam, Strawberry Jam, Seasonal Fruit Jams, Jellies and Preserves
- Stress-free Christmas Shopping, I’ve managed to knock out some Christmas shopping for my mom, daughters, grand babies, my son-in-law. I love that the gifts are simple, organic, and homemade.
- Green Chile. It smells good. It tastes good. And, I made an incredible Chile Relleno casserole with my chiles tonight.
- Coffee. I don’t drink coffee, but the breakfast burritos and the coffee cake are delectable.
- Monsanto’s profits are down and we want to keep it that way!
- Real food. Simple Ingredients. No secret concoctions.
- Fruits and Vegetables In Season ~ Beans, Corn, Broccoli, Plums, Peaches, Apples, and a plethora of fresh greens. I shop Saturday for ingredients to use in a Sunday dinner.
- Fresh Eggs. Eggs are a nutritious, inexpensive complete protein and farm fresh eggs pack more B vitamins and taste than their counterparts. Plus, they’re fresher. Our eggs are usually not more than a few days old when they reach our customers.
I Support local farmers and artisans. Did you know that 68% of funds spent in locally owned, independent businesses returns directly to the community? We should all buy from local small businesses when possible.