The growing season in Colorado is not always as speedy as in other parts of the country. And this year, the seasonal foods are arriving a couple of weeks later because of spring freezes. There also might not be as much fresh produce in the farmers markets due to the drought. Some farmers didn't plant as much since watering fields would be difficult.
The Colorado Farm Fresh Directory is the best source for finding out what will be available at what time. It also lists all the farmers markets and pick-your-own places in the state. Visit colorado agriculture.com to download a copy of the directory. They are also available at the Colorado Farm and Art Market, Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; or at The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
You can sign up for a newsletter from the Colorado Farm and Art Market, which lists all the foods that will be at their markets for the current week. Visit farmandartmarket.com.
Here's a list of foods that will be appearing the next few weeks: romaine lettuce, mixed baby greens, beet greens, sweet baby carrots, pac choi, sweet turnips, radishes, fresh herbs, dried herbs, local honey, pasture raised eggs, goat cheese, beef and pork.
You can expect to see Colorado apricots, cherries, and strawberries in July. The greatest bounty is to be found in August with sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, peaches, cantaloupes, watermelons and raspberries. In September, apples, pumpkins and squash are in the spotlight.