Playmaker’s Grocery List

Lions🦁, Broncos🐴, Bears🐻 oh my!

Tailgating season is in full swing. Whether you are loading the car up and tailgating at the stadium, or you’re throwing a party at home. Getting ready for your tailgating party can be a lot of work. No matter who you’re cheering for when Sunday rolls around, The Market is here to make it easy for you. Check out our ultimate Playmaker’s Grocery List to make sure you don’t fumble a single thing!

Cheese and Crackers
Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Hot Dogs and Buns
Variety of pop
Paper products
Plastic utensils
Coolers with ice
Folding table and folding chairs
Plastic tablecloth
Portable grill, plus propane or charcoal and lighter fluid
Matches or lighter
Grilling utensils
Meat thermometer
Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
Trash bags/cans
Coolers with ice

Fall at The Market

As the leaves begin to fall, we know that another summer has come and gone. But here at The Market, we love the crisp coldness in the air, the colors of leaves, and how everything you make and eat gives you a warm and cozy feeling. The changing of the seasons also means changing of fresh produce! Here at The Market, we are committed to the towns we serve and that starts with high-quality, in-season produce. So here is a seasonal guide of some obvious and not-so-obvious fall goodies to add to your next grocery list!

Build Your Own Charcuterie Board

By now, you’ve seen charcuterie boards either at a party, wedding, or all over Instagram! These trendy appetizers are AMAZING, but can also be a little daunting to create. Charcuterie is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products. But, many people use the term charcuterie to refer to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese, and sauces.

A beautiful charcuterie board is a statement piece and a time-saver, since it typically requires little to no cooking. It only takes a few minutes to assemble and you don’t need to be an expert food stylist.

Here at The Market, we want to break down exactly what you’ll need to be on your way to create your own impressive board. The perfect appetizer for any party!

Alright, before we start, let’s talk about the actual board itself. Here’s the thing, you can use whatever size/shape you want. So get creative with what you already have in your home; a clean and flat surface is all you really need!

Next comes the food. The key to a good charcuterie board is doing what you want. Choose all your favorite ingredients and whatever you think your guests will love. Start of with a couple different meats, different textures of cheeses, and then the extras! Below we have listed some of the popular choices to help you build your board:

Meat: dry-cured pork, bresaola, salami, and mortadella.

Cheese: brie, havarti, cheddar, gouda, gruyère, burrata, goat cheese, fresh ricotta… (literally any cheese, the list goes on)

Extras: pickles, olives, spreads, jams, nuts, fruits, veggies, crackers, chocolate and if you want to get a little fancy honey is always a great touch.

Once you have all the yummy ingredients, its time to build. Place your cheeses, cut and fold the meat, and sprinkle around the extras and just like that, you have your own gorgeous charcuterie board! If you take it step by step, it doesn’t have to be scary. You’ll be ready to rock your next party. Enjoy!

We you covered with all the tasty ingredients to build the perfect board for your next party (or just a fancy snack for one). Stop by and pick up some of your perfect pairings on your next trip to The Market.

Spring at The Market

What once was white, let’s now turn green! After the harsh and long winters, we inevitably get excited for the season change. Spring brings warmer air, budding trees, longer days, and of course, a new harvest! So, what fruit and vegetables can we see coming into spring harvest? Below, we list 5 of our favorite foods that are more plentiful in spring and their nutritional factors:


Arugula is rich in nutrients and low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates, and fat. It’s high in several vital nutrients including: Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that supports immune function, cell growth, overall eye health, and night vision. It also helps maintain heart, lung and kidney function.

Like most tender greens, arugula is perishable and needs to be used within a few days of purchase. Our tip is to look for crips leaves with no moisture


Feeling sick? Eat a mushroom. Throughout history, civilizations have treasured mushrooms as a source of strength and healing. The average American eats nearly three pounds of mushrooms a year, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Mushrooms contain health-boosting vitamins and minerals, along with protein and fiber. For example, one cup of cremini mushrooms has only 15 calories, but 2 grams of protein and nearly 1 gram of fiber.


Rhubarb has more benefits than being in a pie (though we can all agree it might be the best way to have it). Rhubarb is rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins (which give it its red color) and proanthocyanidins. These antioxidants have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties, which help protect you from many health-related issues such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes


These tiny morsels provide BIG nutrition. Sprouts are rich in a number of important nutrients. While the specific ratio of nutrients varies depending on the type of sprout, they generally contain high levels of folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin K. In fact, they have higher amounts of these nutrients than fully-grown versions of the same plants.


Ahh, the turnip, the potatoes’ cousin. Turnips are a fantastic alternative for potatoes and are a good source of vitamin B6, folate, calcium, potassium, and copper. A very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and manganese. The turnip greens are a super food and packed with nutrients.

WHY The Market?

At The Market we know that, from big box stores to organic-specialty stores and more, there are options on options when it comes to places you can bring your business and take home your groceries. 

BUT, we also believe in the value of a personal relationship with our customers, and that’s where we’re a little different from those other stores. To us, you’ll never be just a number. We want to know you, and we want to give you the chance to get to know us. 

With that in mind, we compiled a little Q&A to introduce ourselves…


Founder and owner Darin started his grocery career at the age of 16 in Casper, Wyoming. He found the variety of duties, the ever-changing pace, and the people very rewarding, and stayed on after graduating.

After 15 more years working his way up in the grocery industry, Darin decided he wanted to venture out on his own and get closer to family, so he, his wife Valerie, and their three daughters purchased their first store in Ridgway, Colorado. This endeavor truly became a family business, as Valerie and the girls all became integral in operating this store. From this first start-up, the family business has grown from one small store to a sizable small corporation with many locations in multiple states with some of those stores offering a full-line of hardware and liquor stores.

“The Market” brand was created out of a desire to brand our stores together as a family of locations that served, primarily, smaller communities. Initially, we created names for each specific area and branded those stores to the area. However, as we have grown, we saw a need for people to be able to find us and to recognize us as one big family. Thus, The Market was born.

The Hill Family passion for the business continues. The Hill family works hard to make sure their associates feel valued and appreciated; each individual is truly part of the family. And the commitment to a great shopping experience by offering clean, well-stocked stores with a friendly atmosphere is what sets us apart from other stores. We are also able to cater to most in our small towns and offer conventional, natural, organic and gourmet products not typically found in rural or small areas.


We operate in smaller towns, often rural areas, that tend to be underserved. We offer conventional products as well as natural and gourmet products in many of our stores, and are proactive in making sure our customers have access to hard-to-find items. We have incorporated other aspects into the stores in some areas, like hardware and liquor, to better serve our communities.


We pride ourselves on offering a great shopping experience, with very clean, organized and well-stocked stores. Our people are the best: striving to make sure each customer feels welcome and offering great customer service. We are very active in all our communities and give generously.


We operate in 5 different states with over 15 different retail operations. We started as a very small family owned company in 2000, after purchasing our first store in Ridgway, to move our family closer to family. Our girls were able to work the store as they grew up, and all our customers were acquainted with our children. We actively source products from many vendors, including local vendors, to offer the most comprehensive product line possible in our smaller stores.


We are passionate about being good stewards in our communities in which we operate. We strive to be a great place to work, offering our employees great pay and benefits and great work environment. We also strive to support our local communities financially and in other ways…being supportive, actively promoting events, and giving cash and/or goods as donations. We really love each of our individual communities we operate in. We are passionate about offering the best possible shopping experience by offering clean and well-stocked stores, great customer service, and a fun and friendly environment.

So there you have it. It’s nice to meet you! We hope you enjoyed getting to know us a bit, and we hope we get the chance to get to know you. To get to know our team, our stores, and to really get to know more about who we are, find The Market nearest you today.