Fort Collins has a hidden gem during the slow winter months: The Fort Collins Winter Farmers’ Market, held in the Open Galleria in Old Town on select Saturdays. The market attracts a wide array of sellers. Heading into the market, you can find anything from fresh mushrooms to beard oil. This market is home to so many local Fort Collins businesses, artisans, and farmers, that you are sure to find something to bring home.
Just a small portion of the market in the Open Galleria. Fort Collins has a hidden gem during the slow winter months: the Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market, held in the Open Galleria in Old Town on select Saturdays.
West Bridge Farms
West Bridge Farms isn't your run of the mill vegetable grower. Ryan Wiens, a Colorado State University graduate, has created a completely indoor farm. He dreamed of growing produce locally in a more sustainable way. "(That dream) led to us getting into a warehouse base and growing under fluorescent and LED lights so that we could avoid any pests or fungus coming into the farm," Wiens said. "So, we don't ever need to use any pesticides." In addition to micro-greens, West Bridge Farms sells baby greens, basil packages and houseplant starts.
Turtle Mountain Tea, LLC.
Turtle Mountain Tea, LLC., founded and owned by Natalie diSanto, is your one stop shop for anything fermented. "My kombucha is brewed with yerba mate tea," DiSanto said. "So, that makes it super unique. As far as I know, no one else is doing that right now." In addition to the tea she also sells kimchi and sauerkraut.
Hazel Dell Farms
Hazel Dell Farms has been delivering mushrooms to the Fort Collins and surrounding community for decades. Ara is a five year veteran of the farmers' market scene, and has been working for Hazel Dell Farms since high school. Don't let her youth fool you: she knows her mushrooms. Ara gives detailed descriptions to her customers of each mushroom on her table, as well as the best way to prepare them.
Starting first in the ice cream business with his wife at Rose's Creamery, Jim Rose soon branched off into the realm of Nut Butters, which added to the flavors available at the creamery. "We started doing nut butters about 12 years ago," Rose said. "We started with five basic flavors and now we have over 28," Rose said. "Our number one (selling flavor) is our honey roasted peanut."
Ingrained Bakery has been rising through the ranks since 2011. The bakery specializes in artisan sourdough breads made from non-commercial yeast. stands watch at the table, when asked what the most popular bread is she said, "The classic white sourdough or country, lots of people like that one," said Julia Wockner, a general bakery assistant with Ingrained. "My favorite is the apricot walnut."
Colorado Beard Company
Cody Mcallister and his wife, both Colorado State University graduates, started Colorado Beard Company. Mcallister wanted to find a way to make his beard softer and more manageable after growing it out. "I discovered the world of beard oil," Mcallister said. This led him to begin making his own beard oils, scented with essential oils to keep everything he sells all natural. Don't worry, Colorado Beard Company hasn't forgotten about the ladies: they also sell hair serums for women, similar to leave in oils.
Savvy Disco Designs
If you're looking for a piece of hand crafted jewelry in Fort Collins, look no further than Savvy Disco Designs. Virginia Carlson and her husband Robert Wise work together to sell jewelry and soap at local markets. Carlson has been making jewelry and selling at the farmers' market for six years.
Queen of the Meadow
If nothing else draws you over to Queen of the Meadow, it will be the delicate fragrance of her products. Daniela Honegger's products are all plant based and use organic oils and herbs. She makes skin care products, hair care lines, household cleaners, facial products, lotion bars, bath salts, perfumes. Honegger strives to create a zero-waste business. "We are off the grid, so we are solar powered, wind powered and use water off the roof," Honegger said. "That's how we live and how we make it."