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June 1st, 2022

Fresh Food in the Open Air

In Telluride and Mountain Village, organic, regional and sustainably produced food enjoyed outdoors is a cinch all summer long.

First, there are the outdoor markets. Mountain Village’s Market on the Plaza is held Wednesdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 15-September 14 on Heritage Plaza. A vibrant community market, Market on the Plaza offers regionally grown produce, artisan products and crafts, kid-friendly goods and more. Live outdoor music adds to the buzz, as does Mountain Village’s plethora of summertime activities, like the Telluride Ski Resort’s Bike Park and Canopy Tour.

The Telluride Farmers Market takes place on Fridays 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3-October 7. The bustling market is located on South Oak Street in Telluride and offers produce grown within 100 miles, along with a range of street food, artisan products and more.

There are also fruit and vegetable stands in Telluride’s Spruce Park: Honey Rock Landing on Mondays, Mountain Roots on Wednesdays and Z’s Orchard on Saturdays for a wide variety of regional fruits, vegetables, honey, eggs and more.

Want to enjoy casual fare outdoors and without having to prepare it? Telluride and Mountain Village’s food carts are, well, yummy. They are also varied. Head to Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village for Finnegan’s Sandwich Grill, which offers a range of delish options; Latin Creations for authentic tamales, empanadas y más; Z’s Street Eats, whose fried chicken and waffles, and fish and chips are scrumptious; and Grilled Cheese a la Carte. Its name says it all — expect traditional as well as wildly inventive options.

In Telluride, the Gondola Plaza hosts Philam Egg Rolls (sooo good) and Telluride Twisted Treats for pretzels, shaved ice and waffles. This sun-drenched spot is also the new home of Coffee Cowboy, which dispenses caffeinated perfection from its new perch beside the Telluride Gondola Station. Adjacent to Elks Park on Telluride’s main street, try the hot dogs at local institution Diggity Doggs, the flavor-packed offerings at the Grilled Cheese and Barbecue cart, the Greek fare at the Gyro cart or a cool summertime treat courtesy of Mountain High Ice Cream.

If going slightly less casual is your thing, then sample the local restaurant scene. This summer, most eateries have outdoor spaces on offer: patios, streetside tables, decks and more, many with stupendous views or simply the opportunity for fun people watching. Again, the offerings are varied and range from casual (but award-winning) burger and pizza joints to delish bistros to elevated fine dining with vibes that run the gamut from kid-friendly to a truly exquisite experience.

And, for the wannabe chefs among us looking to cook and eat at home with the freshest southwest Colorado ingredients, Mountain Roots, the Norwood Fresh Food Hub and Vicki’s Fresh Food Movement offer services ranging from a simple CSA basket to a full grocery drop off. Meanwhile, a highly regarded cadre of local personal chefs and caterers gives you one final option for eating deliciously at home, without the cooking (or cleaning up).

Check out the business directory or the summer issue of the Official Guide to Telluride & Mountain Village (available on area newsstands and at the Visitors Center on Colorado Avenue) for a full directory of markets, food carts, restaurants and caterers.

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