What’s in season at the 2018 Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market?
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The Steamboat Springs Farmers Market brings people together in the heart of downtown, and its mix of unique vendors has helped the popular summer shopping destination develop its own local flavor.
“Rather than a bunch of vendors coming together to sell produce or goods, we’ve turned the idea of a market into an experience of who we are because it’s an expression of our community,” said Lisa Popovich, Main Street Steamboat Springs executive director.
“We have a rare thing here,” she continued. “It’s something very special, and it’s part of why people want to come here.”
The Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market, at the corner of Yampa and Seventh streets, kicks off its 2018 season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
“The Farmers Market has definitely evolved, this year especially,” Popovich said.
With 150 vendors, the market offers vast selections of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, canned and prepared foods, handcrafted art, lotions, soaps, jewelry, furniture, clothing and more.
“It brings things that are new and different that local consumers are not typically exposed to,” Popovich said.
This summer, the market offers a “Wellness Edition,” which will feature massage and yoga demonstrations and fitness consultations at Workman’s Park, as well as live entertainment by local musicians and performing arts groups from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Popovich said there will also be some surprise performances popping up between 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. each Saturday.
New to the Steamboat farmers market
• Bold Babe
Specialty: The Bold Babe bus is a mobile boutique that sells all handmade items. Flagship products are sun-protective clothing for women as well as hats, reversible skirts and leggings.
Factoid: “I loved the idea of sun-protective clothing but couldn’t find any brands or products that fit what I was looking for,” said Kate Bangs, who created Bold Babe four years ago. “Bold Babe has become the go-to alternative to traditional sunscreens and a totally natural way of seeking refuge from the sun.”
• Clyde’s Pies Wood-Fired Pizza
From: Clark (see them at The Clark Store on Fridays and Sundays)
Specialty: Rustic wood-fired pizzas featuring the “Palisade Peach” with goat cheese, leeks and bacon; the “Maize” with Olathe corn and prosciutto; the “Fire-Roasted Market Vegetable and Herbs” pizza; and later in the summer, a “Palisade Pear” pizza with gorgonzola cheese and balsamic vinegar.
Factoid: “The mobile wood-fired oven is my transition from years of cooking in a wood-fired oven that we built at our farm kitchen at the Home Ranch to a mobile unit that I can bring to the public,” said Clyde Nelson, owner of Clyde’s Pies. “I love cooking with this method and giving our customers that experience.”
• Marcia & Joe’s Kitchen
From: Steamboat Springs
Specialty: Marcia Miller gained a following for her delicious late-night food at Taco del Barco in downtown Steamboat Springs, and now, she’s back using her Jamaican herbs and spices to create appetizing dishes like jerk chicken, jerk pork, curry shrimp and al pastor.
Factoid: “Everything is made with lots of love and spice,” Miller said.
• Elkstone Farm
From: Steamboat Springs
Specialty: Fresh produce, home-baked cookies and crackers, small batch preserves and condiments and handcrafted lip balms and soaps.
Factoid: Owner Terry Huffington was inspired to create Elkstone Farm in 2008 with her husband, Ralph Dittman, based on permaculture methods, mimicking patterns found in nature to create a harmonious relationship between plants, soils and water.
Other new vendors to visit
- Big Iron Coffee
- Bee Grateful Farms
- Black Bear Farm Market LLC
- Healthy Harvest ( imported olive oil)
- La Montagne Des Saveurs ( imported cheese)
- Eva’s Kitchen
- Cajun Mountain Girl Pickles
- Charlie’s Lemonaid
- Dude and Dan’s
- Buckin’ Horse Pantry
- Davis Farm Produce
- Eagle Smoked Salmon inc.
- La Montagne Des Saveurs
- Moonhill Dairy
- The Goat’s Goods
- Eat a Peach Produce
- Lay Valley Bison
- Need More Salsa
- Bear Mountain Farm
Nonprofits to meet
- Young Bloods Collective – check out the new artist members work
- Friends of the Wilderness – learn something new about the local wild
- Yampa Valley Autism – discover their Community Cultivation program, a life skills development program with horticulture framework for individuals with disabilities and at-risk youth
Mark your calendar
• Wellness Edition: Saturday, June 9
• Red White and Brews: Saturday, June 23
• YVSC Electric Cars: Saturday, June 30
• Adia Clark Lay, performance: Saturday, June 23
• Strings Brass Ensemble, performance: Saturday, July 28
Be on the lookout: Explore will be highlighting a Steamboat Springs Farmers Market vendor each week this summer. The Farmers Market operates every Saturday through Sept. 15.
To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.
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