The Royal Gorge Region boasts the oldest orchards in Colorado, particularly the apple orchards, which were first planted in the Florence area by Jesse Frazer in the late 1860s and later by Italian families who also planted grapes in the Spring Creek/Brookside area.

Local farms tapped into the abundant water supply provided by the Arkansas River and its streams, while the region’s mild climate and tillable soil added to ideal growing conditions. By 1888, total fruit shipments from Fremont County were over 700,000 pounds. Consisting of primarily apples, they also included pears, grapes, plums, peaches, strawberries and other berries.

Experience the Royal Gorge Region’s long agricultural history at the Canon City or Florence Farmers Market. Find locally grown, seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, plants baked goods, soaps, honey, crafted items, cheese, eggs, and more.

Each market is set in a tree-filled park and offers music for a more pleasant shopping experience. At the Canon City Farmers Market, expect fifty or more vendors, while the Florence Farmers Market hosts alpaca wool spinning wheel demonstrations and the local animal shelter, which brings adoptable pets.

Canon City Farmers Market
Veterans Park, Canon City
First Tuesday in June through the last Tuesday in September
8 am to 1 pm

Florence Farmers Market
Pioneer Park, Florence
First Thursday in June through the last Thursday in September
8 am to 1 pm

Canon City Farmers Market

Florence Farmers Market