During years past – and this year is no exception – there was a wait at many of the region’s farmer’s markets for fresh fruit. Right now, peach season is in full swing right along with the start of the farmer’s market. Though the 2017 spring brought an unusually late frost, the weather in recent months has been generous enough to allow the Grand Valley to reap upwards of eighty percent of its crop. Peaches are certainly the gemstone of summer on the Western Slope. It’s guaranteed that many local restaurants will feature special peach items on their menus for the next two months–everything from cocktails to gourmet pizzas.
The Grand Junction Farmer’s Market, one of many in the area, is every Thursday night in downtown Grand Junction from 5:30-8:30PM. It lasts from late June through the middle of September. Several local farmers sell their produce–greens, squash, peas, tomatoes, root vegetables, fruits–and homemade jams, salsas, jellies, and baked goods. There is a wide array of vendors showcasing handmade jewelry, candles, artwork, essential oils, you name it. In support of local commerce, shops in the downtown area stay open later for the increased foot traffic.
You can find live music on nearly every street corner; local talents soak up the crowds. Bands fill storefronts with any amount of patio space. Triple Play Records, Main St. Bagels, and Roasted Espresso and Subs almost always have music, and the latter two also hang artists’ work regularly, so be sure to step inside.
If you haven’t filled up on the fresh fruit after walking the four-block event, there are plenty of food trucks and vendors scattered throughout. Pablo’s Pizza serves it up by the slice, and there’s also Gelu Italian Ice, Navajo tacos, BBQ, Ganic Grub, who provides fresh, organic menu items. Whatever you’re hungry for, it will be there.
A sort of bazaar, you’ll find a sampling of what local artisans, musicians, and farmers have to offer. It’s a very laid-back event, perfect for warm summer evenings strolling through the streets.
DOWNTOWN GRAND JUNCTION FARMER’S MARKET (THURSDAYS)
June 22, 2017 – September 14, 2017
Downtown Grand Junction
Main St., Grand Junction, CO 81501