Farmers Market Spotlight: The Bakery
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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. on Saturday at the corner of Yampa and Seventh streets. This weekend marks the last Farmers Market of the season.
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 The Bakery, this week’s highlighted vendor.
Years at the Market: 7 years
Specialty: Follow the scent of fresh croissants, brioche buns, cookies, pastries and artisan loaves to find one of the Farmers Market’s well-known faces, Doug Matthews.
Matthews, a Steamboat resident, opened The Bakery as a new venture, after he decided to leave River Ranches Beef, a natural beef business, about seven years ago.
“We make lots of items for local restaurants, from black cocoa buns and Cuban bread, to Banh Mi rolls and lobster rolls, to baguettes and croissants, burger, bratwurst and slider buns, and yes, those pretzels you get at Mahogany Ridge that everyone loves,” he said.
“Everything I make is made completely from scratch — from the apple fillings in the turnovers, to the croissant doughs, to the cookies, the icings, everything,” Matthews said.
- The Bakery uses only unbleached flour, milled in Denver or Plattville from wheat grown in Colorado.
- Breads, like the sourdough, are made with no commercial yeast, but a locally cultured starter Matthews said he’s been using for years.
- The croissants are made with 26-percent butter.
- Aside from the Farmers Market, Matthews said The Bakery’s variety of croissants and artisan bread items are sold through most of the Natural Grocers stores in the eastern half of Colorado from Colorado Springs through Fort Collins and across the front range, about 30 stores in all.
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