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Give this a try: Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market vendors to be on the lookout for this weekend

There's a synergy at the Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market.

It's palpable through the vendor's amicable charm and the exchange of friendly greetings between old friends and new as live music weaves its way through the tents and tables revealing the season's newest wares.

And who doesn't love the samples at a farmers market?

This Saturday, the Main Street Farmers Market opens for the summer season in downtown Steamboat Springs. The popular gathering place is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at the intersection of Seventh and Yampa streets through Sept. 16.

In its 13th year, the market has attracted 130 participating vendors — the most Main Street has had with an even bigger variety of items. Booths will feature an assortment of fresh seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, canned and prepared foods and plants. Shoppers will also peruse a variety of handcrafted art, jewelry, clothing and more.

Before you go, meet a few of this year's new vendors.

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Townies Kettle Corn

First full season at the market

Based right here in Steamboat, Emily and Luke Dudley, who also own Ohana, were inspired to bring Townies Kettle Corn to Steamboat after helping their brother-in-law with his Aspen Kettle Corn at the Aspen Farmers Market for over 10 years.

Where: They've been at the Vail Farmers Market for two years and filled in once last year at the Steamboat market.

Specialty: "Our Kettle Corn is the perfect blend of salty and sweet," said Luke Dudley. "It's the perfect snack, not too salty not too sweet."

 Factoid:

"It pairs well with Chardonnay (no joke, try it out)," Dudley said.  "Our corn is non-GMO, and kettle corn is gluten free."

 

JOON Kombucha
Scott Compton

First year at the market

Where:

Based out in Fort Collins, the kombucha is created by Scott Compton, an ex-resident of Steamboat Springs who decided to take the leap and begin bottling his honey-based kombucha and sell at the Denver farmers market.

"Previously working with Honey Stinger, I realized the amazing health benefits of ingesting honey as opposed to cane sugar," Compton said. "Only a handful of kombucha companies brew with honey, and I saw an opportunity and hole in the ever-expanding kombucha market."

Specialty:

JOON specializes in honey-based kombucha — no cane sugar. The brew processes are the same but the SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) differs from that of regular kombucha, Compton said. The flavor is also smoother and less acidic, which has broader appeal than your typical cane sugar kombucha.

Give these flavors a try:

  • Basil Berry
  • Ginger
  • Apple Juniper
  • Apricot Lychee
  • Blueberry Mint

Factoid:

Part of what makes JOON unique is the fact that it uses raw, never heated, local honey. It's a one-man operation that brews, kegs, bottles, delivers and runs all of the backend logistics of the business. JOON is the only kombucha available for sale by the keg in Steamboat Springs.

Young Bloods Collective

First year at the market

 The nonprofit serving the next generation of creatives in Routt County will make its debut this weekend featuring handmade jewelry, photography, Colorado greeting cards, one-of-a-kind crocheted items and ink prints of local scenery. But each week, you'll find a little something different. Especially on Aug. 26, when YBC will have a participatory art day with engaging art activities for all ages.

"Young Bloods Collective’s purpose is to make art and cultural endeavors more accessible for the next generation of creatives living and working in Routt County," said Sarah Feiges, board member for YBC. "A solo booth at the market isn’t feasible for many emerging artists. YBC recognized this need and with the resources YBC provides to its members, they now have the opportunity and accessibility to this platform and are able to showcase their talents and to test the waters selling their creations."

For their first Saturday at the market the featured member artists include Sarah Valentino, Madeleine Greeson and Feiges.

"There are no limitations at YBC," Feiges said. "We encourage artists to explore all kinds of mediums, methods and performances. We support any type of creative individual or endeavor, and we hope that this empowers our artists to go beyond the traditional and the tame."

Factoids:

This group is full of supportive individuals, businesses or organizations whose goal is to grow the creative community throughout the Yampa Valley, including Hayden, Oak Creek, Milner and beyond.

 

Atmosphere Mountainworks

First year at the market

When they will be here: June 10, July 1, Sept. 9

Based in Laramie, Wyoming, Atmosphere Mountainworks was founded about 20 years ago by Scott Ebinger, who had previously owned a similar shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"Atmosphere Mountainworks has a very unique look and feel and a devoted following among outdoor enthusiasts throughout the region," said Nadia Kaliszewski, one of the company's five steamstresses who divides her time between Steamboat and Laramie. "The iconic diamond logo, bright color combinations and rugged construction make Atmosphere a standout, timeless brand."

Specialty:

Offers locally, handmade, one-of-a-kind items including climbing, hiking and biking bags, purses, messenger bags and backpacks, shorts, pullovers and other mountain style products.

Factoid:

Their only storefront is in historic downtown Laramie, Wyoming, which Kaliszewski said is the go-to store for outdoor enthusiasts gifts throughout the year.

 

Sugar Creek Farm

Third summer at the market

Based in Steamboat Springs, Sugar Creek Farm was started by Ally Johnson and Kyle Badertscher. Once their garden started producing more than the family of three could eat, they decided to create their space as a market garden.

Specialty:

Sugar Creek Farm is a boutique market garden farm that uses only sustainable farming practices. They also sell pre-selected veggie plant starts for customers to purchase that are researched and guaranteed to thrive in the mountain climate.

"We have every critter and weather in Steamboat to deal with — frost, hail, deer, bears, voles, grasshoppers, but working in conjunction with natural cycles and methods, we do our best to succeed in farming in the mountains," Johnson said.

Factoid:

Their focus at the farm is on plants that do well in a mountain environment such as lettuce, spinach, root vegetables and many more. They have set up a trial garden to research what does well in this area.

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

5 reasons to shop at the Farmers Market this summer

  • New food experience – get tips on cooking what you buy or learn how to make it your own
  • Support local purveyors – Not only does this help bolster the local community you can learn more about how and where the food comes from or how its made
  • Fresh products –it’s right from the farm, to the market.
  • Did I mention the samples yet?

 

If you go: 

What: MainStreet Steamboat Farmers Market

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday starting June, 10 through Sept. 16

Where: Corner of 7th and Yampa St.