The annual Community Action of Laramie County Farmer's Market for 2023 kicks off on Saturday at Frontier Park in Cheyenne.

The event is a fundraiser for CALC.

According to the CALC website:

"The Cheyenne Farmer's Market is CALC’s annual Board fundraiser, Market proceeds directly benefit CALC’s programs. Though most people don’t realize the connection, the success of the Market directly affects our ability to provide beneficial services to the community through our programs."

Typical items found at the market include:

-melons such as watermelons and cantaloupes, often including Rocky Ford cantaloupes from Colorado.

-tree fruits including peaches and apples, among others. The quality of some of the peaches at the market (as one example) can be exceptionally good

-root vegetables, including radishes, carrots, and onions.

-a variety of other vegetables, ranging from cabbage to green beans.

-dried beans.

-meat products and cheeses.

-pastries and homemade bread.

-locally produced honey.

-chili and jalapeno peppers.

-coffees, breakfast items, burritos, and a variety of other products and produce are also often for sale at the market.

Former Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Executive Director Shane Smith was one of the original founders of the Farmer's Market in Cheyenne. A few years ago we asked him for advice on shopping at the market.

Smith said if you want the very best quality and widest selection it’s best to arrive early before the products have been picked over. On the other hand, if you’re hoping to get a deal, Smith says you should take the opposite approach and do your shopping close to the end of business.  That’s because by that time vendors are trying to unload their remaining stock rather than taking it back home and possibly getting nothing at all for it.

Smith also said it’s important to understand that just because something is on sale at a farmer’s market doesn’t mean it’s fresh from the farm. Smith said it’s not unusual for people to buy products on the wholesale market like a grocery store does, and then set up a booth at a farmer’s market, often selling at higher than grocery store prices.

Smith said it’s always a good idea to ask where the food came from and how long ago it was harvested. He also recommended tasting the free samples when they are available.

The market will run from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event will be held every Saturday through October 14.

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