Farmers Market Spotlight: B.Nutty artisan peanut butter
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Get acquainted with the flavor of the Main Street Farmers Market, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the corner of Yampa and Seventh streets through Sept. 15.
Each week, 150 local and regional vendors bring their bounty to the market, featuring fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, canned and prepared foods, handcrafted art, lotions, soaps, jewelry, furniture, clothing and much more.
Don’t know where to start with this many vendors to choose from? Meet B.Nutty, this week’s farmers market vendor spotlight:
Founder Joy Thompkins grew tired of selling wrapping paper and candy bars as fundraisers for her son’s soccer club when she stumbled upon the idea of peanut butter.
“It was nothing new, but everyone loves it, and it’s a staple, consumable product,” Thompkins said. “Mixing in fruits and candies was a new spin on a loved basic.”
Demand quickly grew, and they went from renting a community kitchen to building their own kitchen, where they were the sole manufacturers.
“The simple way we started, I think, is what makes us unique,” Thompkins said. “I wanted kids to learn to get comfortable speaking to others and get off their phones to communicate face to face.”
Not only that, the kids are encouraged to be creative and help design flavor profiles and sales techniques while they spend their summer running markets, managing production lines and even traveling to New York City for working expos.
Years at the market: First year
Speciality: Flavors like “Irresistible Pretzel,” “Blissful Blueberry” and “Simply Salted Caramel” are among their current arsenal of 11 gourmet flavors. These are available in two sizes of 12-ounce jars and grab-and-go, 2-ounce individual servings.
Factoid: Starting with a honey-roasted nut, Thompkins said B.Nutty’s crunchy peanut butter snack is high in protein and satisfies cravings without using carbohydrates, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, fillers or coloring, and all varieties are gluten free and kosher.
Be on the lookout: Explore will be highlighting a farmers market vendor each week this summer.
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