Saturday, May 3, 2008

Cherry Creek Fresh Market


The Cherry Creek Fresh Market is not so much a farmer's market as it is a gourmet food-oriented street fair. This weekend, there was only one table which I would consider a true farm produce stand, along with a tomato stand, an herb stand, and several flower stands. The Market was predominated by stands selling other types of food, including bread, baked goods, tortillas, tamales, dumplings, smoothies, kettle corn, spiced nuts and honey.

Perhaps because it was the only stand offering a variety of fresh produce, business at the farm stand was brisk.

I tried the vegetarian dumplings ($6) at the Sister's Pantry stand. The dumplings, which are stuffed with shredded carrots, cabbage, mushroom and celery, are lightly fried before being served in a lime-soy sauce. (While the filling does not contain any dairy, the dumplings are not vegan because they are covered in an egg white wash.) Peanut sauce is available for a dollar more. The dumplings were tasty, and quite filling.

I also had a green chili and cheese tamale ($2 each). It was much larger than the tamales I'm used to, with an excess of masa dough. Strict vegetarians might choose to steer clear of the green chili and cheese tamales, as they are steamed in the same pot as meat-filled tamales.

Another stand at the Market offered black bean and spinach tamales ($3 each). I wanted to sample them, but ran out of room after the green chili and cheese tamale and the vegetable dumplings.

Other vegetarian-friendly offerings included vegetarian crepes, made fresh at the Market, and Greek pastries. At least one participating bakery offered gluten-free goods.

While a variety of foods are available at the Cherry Creek Fresh Market, there were no agave marshmallows to be found. Only in Boulder, it seems...

The Cherry Creek Fresh Market has moved just south of its former location. While still located near the Cherry Creek Mall, the Market is now being held on North Cherry Creek Drive itself, next to the bike path. Those who drive can park in the Bed Bath and Beyond parking lot, where the Market was held in the past, or in the small lot across the creek on South Cherry Creek Drive.

Cherry Creek Fresh Market
Saturdays May 3 through October 25, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesdays June 4 through September 24, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
North Cherry Creek Dr. & University

9 comments:

Kitt said...

I'm glad the Denver markets are finally getting in gear. I usually avoid Cherry Creek, though. Such a madhouse!

I'll have to see if Wilkerson's Produce is opening soon. Have you been there?

Beatrice said...

I haven't been to Wilkerson's, but it looks like my type of place. Can you share the address? (If it was on your blog, I missed it.)

Thanks,

B

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks like fun! That is the one thing I miss at our Farmers Market, which really is strictly a farmers market is all the food vendors I see posted about on so many blogs!

Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

Beatrice said...

Thank you!

B

Tiffany said...

I seem to feel the same way about the Cherry Creek farmer's market as Kitt...it is always so busy! It may make it worth my while just for the gluten free bakers, though. It looks like I will have to try out Wilkerson's also...

Welcome to the Foodie Blogroll!

Kitt said...

The address of Wilkerson's:
1995 S Santa Fe Dr., 303-744-8419

Problem is, there's no entrance off Santa Fe. They're essentially right behind the soundwall at the Evans exit, on the northeast corner of West Asbury and South Elati. Easiest way to get there is to go west on Evans from Santa Fe, take the very first right/north that you can, which is Galapago, turn right/east on Asbury and go all the way to the end. Turn left/north on Elati, and it's the second driveway on your right (as pictured on my blog).

See? Easy!

Beatrice said...

Kitt: If you see someone circling in the vicinity of Santa Fe and Evans, it will probably be me.

Tiffany: Thanks for the welcome.

B

Anonymous said...

Your review was posted in May. Try the Cherry Creek Market later in the season once the local produce comes in. Actually has the most local growers of any market in the Denver area by the end of July, beginning of August.

Beatrice said...

Anonymous:

I checked back in late July. You can find that post here

B