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Summer treasures of the Rockies.

Summer treasures of the Rockies

"Hot as the Broncos and just 10 centsapiece,' the farmer selling red chilies promised during our visit to Denver's farmers' market last fall (when the football team was red hot, too). Peaches and plums from the Western Slope; corn, cabbage, and chilies from the Front Range; cantaloupes and watermelons from the southwest plateau--these are among some 70 varieties of fresh, inexpensive, Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables you'll find at the outdoor market from July through about October.

About 15 farmers participate as the marketfollows a weekly rotation to three Denver locations. Things to look for this month: sweet corn and huge cabbages, which often sell out quickly, as do the cantaloupes brought over from Rocky Ford in the far southwest part of the state. August brings big, sweet onions, lush honeydew melons, squash, and tomatoes.

On Saturdays, the market sets up from 7to noon or sellout at the Regional Transit District turnaround at the northwest end of the 16th Street Mall (plenty of parking across the street). On Tuesdays, find it at Floyd Avenue and S. Cherokee Street; Thursdays, it's at 38th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. Hours these days are noon to 5 or sellout.

Photo: Stationed near Blake Street's historic brickbuildings, farmer at 16th Street Mall sells parsnips, bell peppers, and sweet basil
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Title Annotation:Denver's farmers' market
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Date:Jul 1, 1987
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