One of the best things about summer in Laramie is the annual farmer’s market downtown. It’s a great way to enjoy the fresh air and to pick up some really great fresh produce for your table. But, everything and anything can be improved, and the farmer’s market is no exception.

We spoke recently with Denise Deem about some of the changes coming up. She made it clear that their main concern was improving the entire market, not just making a change for change’s sake.

For instance, the market is planning on being safer. The location in the past has been on Grand Avenue from 1st Street to 3rd.  That has gotten to be a problem as more and more people were crossing controlled intersections against the lights and drivers had to be extra vigilant with all the pedestrian traffic.

This summer, the area covered by the market will be on Grand between 1st and 2nd Streets. But, the area of the shopping will actually be increased because the market will expand to a portion of the parking lot south of Coal Creek Coffee. That should give more vendor space and help with the safety issue.

Another change?  More variety in products offered. Denise mentioned that the decision was made to actively seek more vendors from Northern Colorado in addition to locals. With that, you’ll still see your old, familiar favorites, but will also have the opportunity to purchase cheeses, yogurts, arts and craft items and more.

There are other changes in the works and Denise was pretty confident that all these shifts will result in a farmer’s market that is more attractive, efficent and safe. This year the Laramie Farmers Market will start on Friday, July 6th, 2012. The farmer’s market is held every Friday afternoon from 3 PM to 7 PM in July, August and September.