Five essential stores to switch in the market

I’ve heard the saying: Put your money where your mouth is. Well, we believe in putting our money where our house is – choosing to spend our hard-earned money to support farmers, ranchers and business owners in our own backyards.

Farmers Markets is where our mission to eat delicious food perfectly intersects with our mission to support our local environment and economy. Every local bite is an investment in neighboring farms and their resources. This week, we’re challenging you to replace five staples on your weekly menu with homemade goods.

Our markets in Boulder and Longmont boast many of the refrigerator and pantry items, plus all the great seasonal produce you know and love. Here are five ingredients you can switch from your grocery list to your market list:

Your morning should be: coffee beans

We get it, it won’t be you until you have your morning coffee. So if there’s ever a staple that’s stocked up at all times, it has to be something delicious and caffeinated. Silver Canyon Coffee has been roasting beans at a Roastery in Boulder for 34 years. Coffee connoisseurs pay special attention to the growers to which they belong, the temperature and humidity during the roasting process. When it comes to coffee, local buying supports small farmers and ensures the greatest freshness to enjoy your morning cup.

Pair heirloom cereal with sugar and spices

Once you’ve tried bread, pastries, or any other sun-baked good made with locally grown, ground wheat, there’s no going back. The texture and flavor that heirloom wheat brings to your baking projects is very different from the flour you find at the grocery store.

Aspen Moon Farm grows and processes the heritage cornmeal and wheat that can be the basis for your next cornbread or carrot cake. Monroe Organic Farms brings popcorn to our markets, perfect for movie nights. Black Cat Farm, an active member of the Colorado Grain Chain, grows and mills organic corn from polenta, rye, einkorn, buckwheat, Khorasan, and perennial wheat.

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Everything they cracked up to be: Fresh eggs

Another morning essential to start your day on the sunny side is fresh local eggs. Getting eggs from Croft Family Farm, Wisdom Poultry, or SkyPilot Farm completely changes the breakfast game. By putting eggs on your market list rather than your grocery store list, you are choosing to support farmers who raise birds on open pastures and give them organic feed. And with rich, dark yolks, local eggs are all that gets cracked.

Buon appetito: pasta

We believe pasta should always be on hand. The perfect base for any sauce or mix of fresh vegetables, good pasta is an entirely different experience than what you’d find at the grocery store.

online at You can buy pasta from Pastificio Boulder for your weekly pickup. Claudia and Ted started selling pasta in our markets in 2018 using organic, old and heritage wheat to produce a delicious, high quality product. Many of their pastas are made with grains grown by local farmers, supporting their mission to create real food, grown and made by local companies that care about a more sustainable and equitable diet.

Weekend Quick Fix: Veggie Burgers

We know that sometimes, even the thought of putting a few ingredients together for dinner seems daunting after a long day of work or school or sitting in traffic jams on I-70 after a weekend adventure. But don’t worry, you can be lazy in the kitchen too.

The I Love Heart Beets team makes the perfect vegan and vegan beet burger in the fridge or freezer. They use beets from Black Cat Farm and only organic ingredients to create a product that turns into a delicious and hearty meal in minutes.

And if veggie burgers aren’t your ready-to-eat option, you can try frozen ready-to-eat pupusas from Pupusas Familia, tamales from Amaizing Corn Tamales or pancakes from Hinman’s Pie.

With these five simple swaps, your community and your flair will thank you. We’ll see you in the markets this week or when you buy online. And if you want to substitute more than five ingredients, be our guest by all means! Sign up to take on the challenge!

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