Centennial farmers market back amid social distancing

Spot across from Arapahoe High sees merchants with precautions


Shoppers can still make room for natural products in their hectic lives amid the pandemic — just browse from a distance.

“I have to have two tables in front of me to create the 6 feet,” said Merisa Trujillo, a 20-year-old vendor at the Centennial Farmers Market.

Trujillo, a Lakewood resident, bounds from market to market in the Denver area, wearing a mask and selling botanical products.

Compared to a farmers market on South Pearl Street in Denver, “This feels like more of a neighborhood-specific farmers market,” Trujillo said of Centennial's gathering.

For vendor James Sims, 37, the diversity of the market stands out — including Middle Eastern food, smoked salmon and fresh herbs, Sims said.

“It's a great spot in a unique space to get treasures you wouldn't get anywhere else in the city,” said Sims, an Englewood resident who sells fresh-squeezed juice and has been a vendor at other metro-area events such as the Juneteenth Music Festival.

Last year, Centennial Farmers Market first popped up just steps away from the former Albertsons at South University Boulevard and East Dry Creek Road. Before, its organizers had a farmers market at the Lutheran church near East Arapahoe Road and University Boulevard for about four years, but they needed a new space.

The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through the end of October at 7424 S. University Blvd. It kicked off for the year June 3. 


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