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 Main Street Farmers Market
500, 600 and 700 blocks of Main Street, Canon City
Every Thursday through September
4 pm to 7 pm
Florence Farmers Market
Pioneer Park, Florence
Every Thursday through the last Thursday in September
8 am to 1 pm
The open-air markets will take precautions to ensure the health and safety of patrons and vendors by adhering to local and state guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, including practicing social distancing and having masks, gloves, and sanitizer available.