We trace our roots to an evening in October 2010, when volunteers of Holy Comforter’s environmental stewardship ministry first conceived of transforming the vacant lot in front of the church into a community farmers’ market. That tiny seed of any idea quickly sprouted and blossomed.
The market opened on June 14, 2011 with 16 vendors, live music, and hundreds of shoppers. As word of the great vendors, the cornucopia of fresh food, free entertainment, and friendly volunteers spread throughout the community, our market quickly grew.
In 2016, we boasted nearly 50 vendors, and welcomed 14,000 shoppers during the market season. The Broomfield Farmers’ Market at Holy Comforter has grown into a community gathering spot, where neighbors find fresh food, great music, food trucks and fellowship.
And, for the second time in our five-year history, we were “elected” Colorado’s Favorite Farmers’ market in an on-line poll conducted by the American Farmland Trust!
Colorado’s farmers and ranchers produce a cornucopia of healthy food, and provide open space,
wildlife habitat and other amenities that are integral to the quality of life we all enjoy. Connecting those small farmers and ranchers with customers through a farmers’ market setting strengthens the stewardship of the land, while increasing urban residents’ access to healthy food products.
At the outset of our market, Holy Comforter’s Bishop’s Committee (governing board) directed that our market should be dedicated to community outreach. All revenues generated above our operating expenses and capital requirements are donated each year to community organizations. We offer three vendor booths weekly free of charge to area non-profits. And, our generous vendors donate unsold produce and bakery goods to Broomfield FISH, the community food bank.
Dedicated to Outreach
The farmers’ market is dedicated to community outreach in a variety of ways:
* We double the value of SNAP benefits redeemed at the market to increase the access that shoppers on food assistance have to fresh, locally grown food.
* In cooperation with Broomfield Health and Human Services, we offer residents enrolled in the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) nutrition assistance program free $10 vouchers to purchase fresh produce at the market.
* We are operated completely by volunteers. Revenues in excess of our operating costs are given back to our local community.
* We offer free 10x10 booths each week to area non-profits to help them connect with the local community.
* One of the cornerstone produce vendors at the market weekly donates their unsold produce to Broomfield FISH at the end of each market day.
A Community Gathering Place
The Broomfield Farmers’ Market offers a respite from the hectic pace of daily living.
Each Tuesday afternoon, residents come to shop, relax, and enjoy the live music from our market stage.
Our children’s area offers a variety of free games and activities. We also offer regular activities such as a cherry seed spitting contest, market bingo, and hula hoop contests.
Our Iron Chef competition each August has become a signature event for the Broomfield Farmers’ Market. There, two area chefs square off to see who can prepare the best appetizer and main course from ingredients sourced from our market.
Be a Volunteer
We were founded by volunteers within the church of the Holy Comforter, but welcome everyone in the community to help us build this exciting market. We’d love to have you as a part of our team, and have a spot for everyone who wants to get involved.
Simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and will keep you notified of our planning meetings and events.
The Broomfield Farmers’ Market at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church at Hwy 287 and West 10th Avenue was officially been designated as a Jubilee Ministry by the national Episcopal Church for its work in helping to bring healthy, locally-grown food to area residents, and especially to people in need. The National Episcopal Church created the Jubilee Ministry program two decades ago to support efforts across the nation and world to battle poverty and injustice.