Farmers Market kicks off summer |

Farmers Market kicks off summer

Vegetable vendors sprout sales after long winter

Melinda Dudley

Connie Minkoff of Billings, Mont., looks at jewelry Saturday morning during the Farmers Market in downtown Steamboat Springs.

— Kelly Victory is back in Steamboat Springs for the summer – and so is the Farmers Market.

“We came down to find some vegetables for dinner tonight. We’re throwing some pork chops on the grill,” Victory said Saturday morning. “We just got back into town, and it’s great that the Farmers Market is back, too. It gets better every year.”

The first Farmers Market of the summer played host to about 50 vendors at its new location on Sixth Street, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Executive Director Tracy Barnett said.

Eager shoppers, many with dogs in tow, perused gourmet bakery breads, freshly smoked salmon, locally made sauces and honey while checking out the early season vegetable selection.

“Things are a couple of weeks late this year,” Sweet Pea Produce’s Alison McMillan said. “Mostly it’s lettuces, peas – the heartier stuff.”

This year’s long, hard winter pushed back many Farmers Market fan-favorite fruits, leaving shoppers eagerly asking when the peaches will arrive. Each week, the food vendors will be stationed on the Lincoln Avenue side of the Farmers Market, with craft vendors and artisans on the Oak Street side, offering everything from handmade purses to cowboy hats to textiles.

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The Farmers Market has capacity for up to 60 vendors and will offer live music each week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Routt County Courthouse lawn, Barnett said.

Barnett also reminded residents that overnight parking no longer will be allowed on Sixth Street on Friday nights, as the street is closed off Saturday for the Farmers Market. The street will be signed and coned every Friday as a reminder.

“We only had to tow three cars today,” Barnett said.

If you go

What: Farmers Market

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays

Where: Sixth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street