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What’s new, and what’s back at the local Farmers Market

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Ben Ingersoll

— It’s that time of year, when Saturday’s are no longer just a day to sleep in, but rather a day for getting out in the brisk mountain air and strolling down Yampa Street. It’s time for Mainstreet Steamboat’s Farmers’ Market.

The Mainstreet Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 11th year, and it begins bright and early this Saturday. The market will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through Sept. 19.

Last year, the market moved to its new location at the intersection of 7th and Yampa streets and features more than 80 booths of local and regional foods and products. Anything from fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, canned and prepared foods and plants can be found for those looking for new ingredients to add to popular recipes. In addition, a number of handcrafted-by-the-vendor arts, crafts and jewelry will be available. Several non-profit organizations will also be participating.

Meet this year’s vendors, both longtime and new.

New to the Steamboat Farmers Market:


Specialtiy: Unique, custom flavors and decor.

Factoid: These are not the drab, sugary-icing, food-colored, cookie-cutter cakes. The baker, Kaylee Ayres, strives to create delicious and beautiful cupcakes people will know are homemade by the attention to detail. BabyCakes also has gluten-free options and always use cage-free eggs, organic milk and fresh ingredients. Ayres also loves flavors that are in season.

Colorado Dumpling Company

Specialty: Homemade dumplings

Factoid: These dumplings are filled with 100-percent grass-fed or pastured local meat. The dumplings will be served either ‘ready-to-eat’ at the market or frozen to prepare at home. Their mission is to provide an Asian dumpling with a modern twist, made with wholesome and natural ingredients.

Murphy’s Market Stand

Specialty: Assorted vegetables and wood products

Factoid: This is a local company that will primarily have leafy greens and herbs from their garden for this summer’s Farmers’ Market. Plus, they will have some hand-carved wood products like recipe stands and trivets.

Taspens Organics

Specialty: All organic products

Factoid: Keith Baruch will bring Taspens Organics to Steamboat from Conifer. The booth will have a wide assortment of organic lotions, teas, granola, energy bars, hot coco, herbal tinctures, skin care products, aromatherapy bug spray, sun screen and more.

Trail Fire Salsa

Specialty: Locally made salsa

Factoid: Trail Fire Salsa was originally created in Steamboat Springs. After experimenting with different combinations of sweetness and heat, Zane Chambers, while living in Vermont, taught himself how to cook with maple syrup. After a few failed experiments, he finally got the perfect amount of sweetness, heat and smokey flavor, and Trail Fire Salsa was created.

Oldies but goodies:

Pies, Pies, Pies

Specialty: Pies, clothing, cut flowers and jams

Factoid: Come early to Patty Rockwood’s booth because her pies always sell out early. She’s known for her homemade pastries, pies and jellies, all from a commercial kitchen. Pastries and cakes can also be baked to order and delivered.

How long at the Market: 5 years

Ken Richards

Specialty: Handcrafted paintings and drawings

Factoid: Coming up to Steamboat from Denver, Richards is a portrait painter and has much of his work on display in the Denver Museum of Science and Nature. He grinds the paint himself.

How long at the Market: 3 years, but used to be a vendor when the market was held on the Courthouse lawn

Styria Catering

Specialty: Smoked salmon

Factoid: Styria is actually a state in Austria. Walter Neuhold is often found behind this booth serving beverages, smoked salmon pieces or discussing his craft. The salmon is also smoked on-site.

How long at the Market: 7 years

Minnie Beasley’s Cookie Company

Specialty: Melt in your mouth cookies

Factoid: Hailing from Denver, Chris Johnson has helped craft these handmade, all-natural almond lace cookies that come in six flavors. There is also a gluten-free option for these flavors.

How long at the Market: 2 years

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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