From Donna (Cooking+Praying), in McLean, Virginia:
The backdrop for both of these farmers markets is stunning -- the heights of Rocky Mountains. Both are open-air markets and both are open one day a week from June through October. And both markets focus on local food produced in Colorado -- fruits and vegetables, meats (including bison and elk), baked goods, cider, and fresh-cut flowers.
The Aspen market is larger and has a wider range of non-food artisan items, especially a lot of handmade jewelry. But at the Telluride market you can get a seated massage or buy locally produced alpaca wool and still find everything you need for a perfect Colorado meal.
And you can shop at the Telluride market on Friday and drive to Aspen in less than a day, in time for the Aspen market on Saturday.
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