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Farmers Market Spotlight: Mad Creek Outdoor Co.

Mad Creek Outdoor, a local company with outdoor gear items sold exclusively online, offers items like the "Mad Lounger" sofa.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Get acquainted with the flavor of the Main Street Steamboat 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 Mad Creek Outdoor Co, this week’s highlighted vendor.

Years at the Market: First year

Owner: Pam Oberly

Specialty: The family business sells gear online that is hand tested in the Yampa Valley.

“We started our store because we wanted to help our friends have a better experience outdoors,” said Pam Oberly. “For us that means tools and gadgets for comfort, coffee, camping, hiking, and most of all, relaxing. As we say at the Farmers Market, we sell everything you never knew you needed.”

The company’s mission statement is: “All outdoor lifestyles are created equal, and they all deserve to have the right gear. So get out and play, have mad fun, and keep a little place in your wild heart for Steamboat Springs, the town that’s always seeking the next big adventure.”

Factoid: The outdoor gear company doesn’t sell items that are “mission critical” for camping and hiking. Instead, the company specializes in those things people often wish they had in the outdoor, like LED dog collars, which are perfect for any camping excursion with four-legged friends.

“These were inspired by the need to know where our dog is when we are outside, either at a campsite or just in our backyard,” Oberly said. “They are made of nylon webbing and use a small coin cell battery to flash, blink, slow blink or just light up.”

Other items include the bluetooth speaker flashlight, “Mad Lounger” sofas or nitro cold brew coffee system that fits perfectly in the camp cooler.

Be on the lookout: Explore will be highlighting a Farmers Market vendor each week this summer.

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


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