Boulder was my home for 17 years, and so it's tough for me to think of it as a tourist attraction. There are of course many wonderful things to see: the Flatirons, Chautauqua, and the Pearl Street Mall, which was just a run-down street when I was a kid. But there is, in the summer, a delightful attraction that the run-of-the-mill tourist may not know about unless someone tells them or shows them the way.
It's the Farmer's Market, and what a scene! A huge truck loaded with organic peaches had a line 40 people long at 7:00 in the morning. I stayed the weekend with my friend Deb. Her neighbor bought a crate of peaches, because, as she said, "I stood in line far too long to buy a little bag of them". They were juicy, fuzzy, and delectable.
The park just south of the Pearl Street Mall, on 13th and Canyon, features the Dushanbe Tea House that is a treat in and of itself, open year round. But up and down that street, closed off on Saturdays, are many tents and booths filled with colorful vegetables and fruits, canned goods, organic and grass-fed meats, potted plants and freshly cut flowers.
A food court at one end featured vendors grilling up meats, stuffed gorditas, tacos, steaming pot stickers, fried wontons, and spring rolls. Various musicians entertained for tips while the patrons ate lunch.
Among the odd foods for sale were vinegars, combined with chocolate, berries, and herbs. The market is great for people-watching and a marvelous way to spend Saturday morning.