Stanley Marketplace will open the first of two farm-centric pop-ups this morning. The team announced yesterday it will host these pop-ups every week of the summer. A Wednesday farm stand and a Friday farmers market will offer the Stapleton neighborhood a new, reliable, local, sustainable source for grocery
The Friday farmers market series launches today, Friday, June 1 and will operate every Friday this season between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The market occupies the open space at The Stanley Field — a quick jaunt from the main grounds — on the other side of Westerly Creek. This project is brought to us in partnership with the Local — a mile high produce coordinator responsible for the Southlands Farmers Market as well as the Parker Farmers Market. The event will offer goods from more than 40+ Colorado vendors now through the end of August.
“We are thrilled to partner with Stanley Marketplace to bring a farmers market to the neighborhood,” said Jason Williams, owner and operator of the Local. “Stanley is already such a unique destination, and bringing the community together in this way is something we are passionate about and strive to do in all our ventures.”
The Wednesday farm stand will be a smaller-scale operation set to operate out of a mobile farmstand at The Plaza at Stanley, near the southeast entrance. All offerings will be grown or raised by community members on the DeLaney Farm, located only six miles from the Stanley Marketplace itself. The Wednesday farm stand will offer 30+ herbs and vegetables, mushrooms, organic fruits and free-range chicken eggs, all based on a suggested minimum donation.
“We believe healthy, organically produced food should be available to everyone,” said Susie Lewis of Project Worthmore.
Not only will everything sold from this stand is ultra-locally sourced, but money spent from each purchase will go directly back to the community via Project Worthmore, which specializes in supporting refugee communities through sustainable agriculture and community building. DeLaney Urban Farms, Denver Urban Gardens and Project Worthmore have made accessibility a priority and are accepting SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in exchange for goods. A mobile farm stand will operate in front of the southeast entrance of Stanley Marketplace and serve the community between 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday beginning June 20 through October 10.
“Both these collaborations help further Stanley’s status as a community gathering place,” said Bryant Palmer, chief storyteller for Stanley. “We love bringing people together through food and culture, and we’re honored to support local farms and farmers and offer our neighbors some of the freshest, highest quality products around.”
If local organic produce is something you hold dear to your heart, make sure to make it out to Stanley Marketplace this season to visit the new farm-centric pop-ups. The more than 22-acre, 100,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space that constitutes the marketplace hosts more organic Colorado grown product than any franchise-driven supermart could measure up to.
All photos compliments of DeLaney Community Farms