Locals and visitors alike look forward to the Aspen Saturday Market every year. It marks not only the beginning of summer but the beginning of the freshest produce in Western Colorado making its way to Aspen. And while some call this a farmers' market (which it is), there is more to it than just fruits and vegetables. Local artisans come with handmade wares including beautifully designed town bikes, hand-carved salad bowls, watercolor paintings, jewelry, and more. On any given Saturday, one might walk away with fresh carrots, smoked tamales, freshly baked croissants, local cheeses, locally cultivated meat, artisanal honey, juicy apples, a new straw hat, and kettle corn. If that sounds like a far-reaching smattering of shopping bounty, it is. But what ties it all together is the hand-crafted or hand-grown element to everything. Only vendors with Colorado-made, grown, and produced products are accepted to display their goods at the Aspen Saturday Market.
In addition to the Colorado produce vendors and artisans, market-goers are delighted with many forms of entertainment. The Aspen Animal Shelter commandeers a corner to show off their adoptable puppies and older dogs. Those seeking some existential encouragement can find astrology and tarot readings. Volunteers from both political parties are often in attendance to register voters. Aspen Shakti does yoga demos and alchemy spa energy readings. Musicians are often set up to serenade the crowds. And the Red Brick Center for the Arts sets up kids crafts to entertain little ones. And, while you can always get fresh ingredients to make your own meals at home, the food court and individual stands sell prepared meals, including fresh doughnuts, Thai food, Greek food, and more.
If you're feeling overwhelmed just reading this description, here are some quick tips to navigate the Aspen Saturday Market like a local pro.
- Take your time! Grab a coffee at a local shop or market vendor, and do a lap to see what's on offer that day. Once you have a lay of the land, pick up your essentials (and extras)!
- Wrap around. The market is set up in a horse-shoe shape, so start at one end and finish at the other.
- Arrive early for the best selection. The market opens at 8:30 a.m., and the early bird gets the best produce.
- Or arrive late for the best deals! Some locals tell us they visit the market just before closing at 3 p.m. to score deals on the last-available goods.
Aspen Saturday Market Details
For a full list of vendors, check out www.aspen-saturdaymarket.com.
Summer 2018 Dates: June 16 - Oct. 6, 2018
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: The market is set up in a U-shape, starting at the corner of Galena and Hopkins, wrapping around to Hunter, and then again back to the intersection of Hyman and Galena.