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Garden Om venturing into hemp business at Steamboat farmers market

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Get acquainted with the flavor of the Main Street Steamboat Springs Farmers Market, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 15 at the corner of Yampa and Seventh streets in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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? Meet Joseph Jernegan, creator of Garden Om, this week's highlighted vendor.

Garden Om

From: Clark

Years at the market: 2

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Specialty: Established in 2009 under the name Routt County Hydroponics, Jernegan started the family-run operation by offering garden supplies, nutrients and fertilizers.

"Our original ‘why’ or intention was and still is to create a self-sustainable marketplace and to promote low-mileage food and sustainability for ourselves and the local community," Jernegan said.

"Our most unique nutrient supplement is our SIR tea," said Jernegan. "It’s a compost tea that causes a systemic immune response in your plants, triggering aggressive growth and building of immunity to pests and disease."

This year, Garden Om is venturing into the hemp side of agriculture. The business is licensed through the Colorado Department of Agriculture and has a small farm in Clark.

Factoid: Garden Om will be offering their new CBD oil products and food additives.

Explore Steamboat will highlight 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.