Farmers market returns with online option

Sara Van Cleve
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The Arvada Farmers Market is returning to Olde Town Arvada this summer with new vendors and new ordering options for customers.

The Market, open from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. every Sunday at Olde Town Square at W. 57th Avenue and Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, is setting up for the fifth year.

This year’s products include fresh produce breads, honey, herbs and spices, cheese, jams, meat, eggs, granola, pasta, soap and more, said Arvada Farmers Market co-founder Kimberly Mudd. Many of the vendors come from Arvada and the Front Range.

“The most important thing is to support the local economy,” Mudd said.

A new offering at the market this year is the ability to place orders online through Local Radius.

Local Radius, an online service that connects customers with local food vendors, allows farmers’ market customers to place an order online at least 24 hours before the market time and simply go to the market and pick up their order from Local Radius during the market. By ordering on Local Radius before the market, customers are guaranteed to receive the products they want, said Local Radius founder and Arvada Farmers Market co-founder Nathan Mudd.

“Customers can order fresh produce and local products from the comfort of their own home,” Nathan said. “A mother with two kids doesn’t have to walk down each aisle looking for products. She can just go pick them up.”

Pre-ordering online also reduces waste, Nathan said, both through reducing emissions produced by vendors transporting their products as well as reducing the amount of food wasted by allowing vendors to only bring what is guaranteed to sell. Local Radius also gives customers the chance to browse what the market has to offer from more than 30 vendors at any time.

For more information about Local Radius or to place an order, visit www.localradius.net and click on “Arvada Farmers Market.”

For more information about the Arvada Farmers Market, visit www.arvadafarmersmarket.com.