Steamboat’s Mainstreet Farmers Market returns Saturday
Stalls will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekly until Sept. 10
Steamboat Springs — Mainstreet Farmers Market customers will be able to buy freshly cut flowers this year, everything from snapdragons to gerbera daisies to roses, said Carroll Zamzow, of Carroll’s Cut Flowers.
Zamzow, owner and operator of Steamboat Springs lawn care and landscape business the Lawn Lady, is one of 67 vendors for the seventh farmers market, which starts Saturday. The 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekly event will run Saturdays through Sept. 10.
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said vendors would offer a variety of foods, fresh fruit and produce, furniture, jewelry, clothing and other items. She said past patrons have requested freshly cut flowers and now have their wish.
Zamzow, who started Lawn Lady 22 years ago, said she’s looking forward to her first farmers market. She said Carroll’s Cut Flowers typically specializes in arrangements for events.
But she’ll offer flowers from $2 to $5 that she will arrange for farmers market customers or bundle for them to take home.
“It’s a new adventure,” Zamzow said. “I think it’s a great marketing tool. And people can see what I have to offer.”
The farmers market will include live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Barnett said. She said local musician Trevor G. Potter would play Saturday.
And Barnett said the farmers market would be a zero-waste event this year for the first time, with help from the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.
She said more new elements weren’t planned for this year, but some could occur next summer. Barnett said the location could change to Yampa Street. She said more vendors want to participate, and there’s not enough space on Sixth Street.
The farmers market started with 15 vendors seven years ago in the back parking lot of the Routt County Courthouse. It moved to the courthouse lawn before ending up at its current location on Sixth Street.
Barnett added that she would survey vendors and customers about possibly moving the farmers market to Saturday evenings. She said afternoon weather could be problematic, and early feedback from vendors hadn’t been supportive of changing the time.
“We’re going to look at that, but the way it’s looking right now, it probably won’t change,” she said. “We’re going to evaluate it. An evening market would be pretty cool especially because people are out during the day and they miss the market because of that.”
— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com
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