The South Pearl Farmers’ Market is one of my favorite weekend traditions. I don’t even know how many dates I’ve taken there (OK, yes I do... 4. But only 3 were this year). Point is, I love sharing this local market experience with everyone I can (it’s also secretly a test. Treat me to blackberry lemonade? Points. Don’t tell me I have blackberry bits stuck in my teeth? Fail. Actually know some of the fabulous vendors personally? A+!) If I’m having a bad weekend, a bike ride into a morning spent at this Sunday morning market resets my clock and my attitude, and can turn a blah weekend into something fabulous. South Pearl Farmers Market visits are often followed by hours of cooking super fresh veggies in my kitchen, then having “family dinner” with my best friend that night---a great Sunday tradition in our household.
Vendors I LOVE that are staples in this darling market:
Quiero Arepas. They sell fluffy, warm corn pockets stuffed with heaven. (Assuming heaven is a mixture of black beans, avo, & fried plantains).
The Soap Crone
Amy and her husband Izzy make a plethora of great soaps and other products, many of which are vegan friendly. My faaavorite is the salt soap, a non-abrasive but still exfoliating soap that has--you guessed it--salt as a main ingredient. It’s a treat for my skin, particularly as the weather changes and gets drier (who says my skin has to do the same?!) I also use a variety of their hand-soap, which you can get refills on by bringing any type of glass jar that has measurement markings on the side.
YES cupcakes for breakfast! With the usual gluten-free options. Hard to beat splitting a savory biscuit with that special someone as you peruse the other offerings at the market. Everything they make in their bakery is vegan; everything they make is delicious.
Boulder-based canning group that sources ingredients, some of it surplus, from local farms, cans ‘em, and then sells them via shares (and when you can catch ‘em at markets) to lucky us. I have a share this year for the first time (it starts a bit later this season) and am looking forward to extending my season while also ensuring what could be excess produce from different farms becomes canned goodness with MMLocal’s niche expertise.
Ela Family Farms
This fab farm has been with the South Pearl Market from the very beginning, and they are an obvious anchor to the market hubbub. With fresh, organic fruit picked and delivered every week from Hotchkiss, CO (not to mention the generous samples!) they're a crowd pleaser. You can even sign up to receive fruit shares for an entire season. I did this year, and it was totally worth its weight in... apples, peaches, plums, cider, pears, and apple sauce.
Bread so good that Abbie basically devoured a whole loaf herself. It doesn't last long in my house, either. Crusty outside, fluffy-soft-chewy inside. Perfection. Another market anchor that's been around since the beginning. Go see why.
The market has grown to over 60 vendors, plus there is always a band playing and the shops along the street are open for the bustling business that the market brings.
I've never experienced a more pet-friendly market, either. The South Pearl Farmers Market often has a variety of the rescue and shelter groups in Denver there with precious friends romping around, waiting and hoping to be taken into a good home. Earlier this year an entire block just north of the market was dedicated to an adoption run for cats and dogs in need of TLC and a home to call their own. It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and I saw several happy market goers heading home with beautiful little best buddies.
Head out there this coming weekend (Sunday the 30th) for an end-of-season Halloween celebration! Tricks and a multitude of treats await. I'm banking on the many dogs who attend the market regularly to be sporting their best costumes.
The market is located on South Pearl Street (just south of I-25) at Florida. See you there!