By Melanie Wong
If anything is a sure sign that it’s summer in the Vail Valley, it’s the appearance of local farmers markets.
Like daisies coming up in the spring, booths from various food, produce and artisan vendors pop up at weekend markets held around the valley. The largest, the Vail Farmers Market, kicks off on June 17 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and goes each Sunday through Sept. 16. Shoppers can listen to live jazz music and peruse the art galleries that line Meadow Drive.
Minturn Farmers Market begins June 23 and goes on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Minturn. Visitors can also check out a different theme or event each week. The first market features a “fairy garden building workshop,” and the next week brings a soil education and composting workshop.
Further west, the Edwards Farmers Market is held every Saturday from June 18 to Sept. 17, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The Eagle Farmers Market is held every Friday beginning June 17 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Eagle Ranch Village, and has kid-friendly pony rides to raise funds for the Colorado Horse Rescue.
Check the markets’ individual websites for a full list of the vendors, but here are a few quick highlights you should be sure not to miss.