‘Market Day is Saturday’ is the message spread through Greeley and the surrounding areas of Weld County by the Greeley Farmers’ Market, but what exactly do those words mean? Every Saturday from mid-May through October, and the first and third Saturdays in the winter months, locals can come together to shop for food at an event that is more than just a market, but an atmosphere. The summer Greeley Farmers Market is located at 902 7th Avenue, more commonly known as the Union Pacific Historic Train Depot, from 8 a.m. until noon. While the winter market resides indoors at Zoe’s Café & Events Center. The market is a time for locals to engage in the idea of ‘real food, real farmers, and real fun’.
REAL FOOD, REAL FARMERS, REAL FUN
The Greeley Farmers Market is home to more than forty vendors, fourteen of which sell fresh Colorado produce, and has seen continued growth every year. As you walk into the market you can grab a quick bite to eat; whether that’s a breakfast burrito from Alberto’s Express, a scone from Red Crow Bakery, or simply a cup of coffee from NoCo Coffee Co. When you’re not eating you can engage in what the rest of the market has to offer and you’ll find vendors who understand and recognize their customers, engaging in fun-filled conversations throughout the day.
Throughout the morning customers also have an opportunity to enjoy special musicians. There’s a different artist almost every week that adds to the shopping experience, and to the overall vibe of the market.
The little ones are able to have fun too, thanks to the ever-changing kids’ activities. Each week new activity hosts come in to interact with the kids and create fun projects. This year, kids have been able to check books out from the High Plains Library District, make faux horses out of pool noodles, learn about CPR, and much more.
DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS
The Double Up Food Bucks partnership is truly a win for families, farmers, and the local communities that engage in the program. The program doubles the value of the federal nutrition (SNAP or food stamps) benefits spent at participating markets. The only stipulation is that the food purchased using the Double Up Food Bucks has to be healthy fruits and vegetables. This program is something that is near and dear to the Greeley Farmers Market staff because it allows low-income consumers to purchase twice the amount of healthy food that they would have generally gotten access to before.
Did you not bring any cash to the Farmers Market? Have no fear, the Greeley Farmers Market is here with Market Bucks, a transaction that is similar to an ATM. Market Bucks come in increments of $5 and can be used at all of the vendors throughout the market. “What if I don’t use all of my Market Bucks that I purchased this week?” Market Bucks don’t expire each week, they are good for the entire year. What if I want to purchase something that is only $3? Market Bucks may come in increments of $5, but vendors are able to give out change. If your purchase is only $3, the vendor will give you $2 in change.
YEAR-ROUND OPPORTUNITY TO SHOP
The market is not limited to the summer and fall months, customers have the opportunity to shop at the Winter Farmers Market which is held the first and first and third Saturdays of the month at Zoe’s (715 10th Street) beginning in November.