Golden Farmers Market
Founded in 2001, the Golden Farmers Market was designed by the Chamber as a means of bringing people to downtown Golden. The Market was originally held off Washington Avenue where the parking structure now resides. In 2006 the Chamber moved their Market to the parking lot next to the Golden Library where it has been presented for the past 11 years. The Golden Farmers Market is an assembly of vendors in an outdoor public market style, offering produce, food products, prepared cuisine, beverages, vendors, promotional opportunities, entertainment, and other related events as a means of supporting our members, community, city, and a healthy lifestyle.
In 2017 with the support of Centura Health, Jefferson County Public Health, LiveWell Colorado, and Colorado Fresh Markets, our Golden Farmers Market became certified to accept Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Many Coloradans rely on food assistance programs like SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), which serves more than 485,000 Coloradans a month. However, most SNAP recipients receive only $1.41 per meal or $4.23 per day in benefits, making it a challenge to have enough money to buy food for the whole month.
To address this issue, and to help build food security in Golden, the Golden Farmers Market accepts SNAP benefits and Double Up Food Bucks. Double Up Food Bucks allows SNAP shoppers to bring home free fruits and vegetables when they use SNAP at the farmers market. When customers spend $1 on any SNAP-eligible item (meat, bread, eggs, milk, etc.), they receive $1 for Colorado-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. It is a $1:$1 match so if you spend $5, you get $5. If you spend $10, you get $10, up to $20 every week at our market.
The Chamber’s long standing Award Winning Golden Farmers Market, is managed in 2018 by Colorado Fresh Markets.
Since 1997, Colorado Fresh Markets’ award winning seasonal outdoor markets feature a fresh mix of beautiful flowers, local produce, gourmet products, and delicious cuisine from Colorado and beyond.