Hometown Impressions

Lakewood's Federal Center a lunch hotspot

Federal Center's farmers' market beats the summer heat

Posted 7/18/16

If you wonder what summer sounds like, visiting the Denver Federal Center on Thursdays would be a good place to start.

That's when the farmers' market sets up, bringing together the best parts of the season — sunshine, food, ice cream, music …

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Hometown Impressions

Lakewood's Federal Center a lunch hotspot

Federal Center's farmers' market beats the summer heat

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If you wonder what summer sounds like, visiting the Denver Federal Center on Thursdays would be a good place to start.

That's when the farmers' market sets up, bringing together the best parts of the season — sunshine, food, ice cream, music and families.

"My favorite part about it is being outside," market manager Lauren Trenc said. "You get to see people that you don't during the workday, and have lunch with people you normally wouldn't."

The market runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 8 at the Federal Center, off of Kipling Street.

The Main Street entrance to the Federal Center ground winds right through the center's Bicentennial Park, where the market is held.

On a quintessential summer day in July, one thing is readily apparent: The market's reputation has expanded beyond the fences of the Federal Center. Residents from the greater Lakewood area, Denver and beyond descend to pick up such essentials as bread from Great Harvest Bread Co. and vegetables from Miller Farms.

In addition to these staples, attendees can peruse the offerings from local businesses like Rivers of Water Skincare and Hannah's Essentials cosmetics.

The plentiful grass in the park is full of children dodging through adults as they chase each other, workers enjoying some lunch in the shade, and even a yoga class.

The market's biggest lines lead to the half-dozen food trucks, each playing music as different as their culinary specialties. To switch things up for visitors, Trenc said there are two groups of food trucks — one on site every week, the another rotating every other week.

"We wanted to give people options, so they're not just trying the same thing every week," she said.

Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery, Rolling Dough and Churn & Burn all had long lines during the lunch hour, and many visitors were getting their exercise walking back and forth among these and other options.

"Oh, did you see what they have?" shouted one employee, pointing to Bepvietusa's Vietnamese food truck. "I haven't seen them before!"

And although lines for the trucks ebbed and flowed, one truck's crowd stayed steady, especially as the day neared peak temperature.

The ice cream truck.

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