Farmers Market Finds
About the Market
One of my favorite summer activities includes frequent visits to our local farmers market. The Steamboat Farmers Market boasts over 150 unique vendors, offering everything from fresh produce, to handcrafted goods. It is the perfect way to spend a portion of your Saturday in Steamboat Springs.
- Market Location: 7th & Yampa Street between 6th Street and 8th Street
- When to Go: Saturday’s beginning June 9 through September 15
- Market Hours: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
- How to Get There: Walk, Bike, or Ride the FREE City Bus. Limited parking is also available at the Steamboat Rodeo Grounds, a short walk from the market across the 5th Street Bridge.
While technically a farmers market, you can also find a number of goods from local artisans, visit with local non-profits, listen to live music, and much more! That being said, I am very motivated by food, so this post is going to focus on just that, highlighting some of my favorite “food focused” vendors at this year’s market.
The Steamboat Farmers Market features a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of the vendors are from right here in Steamboat Springs, while several vendors drive in each week from other towns in Colorado, such as Palisade. This provides market attendees with a larger, more diverse selection of produce to choose from. In addition to fresh produce, you can also find delicious cheeses and other cottage products, bread, pies, local beef, bison, jams, honey, syrup and more.
Market Highlights – The Food
Davis Family Farm: For over 18 years, Palisade local Lance Davis has been selling fresh peaches and tomatoes at the farmers market. The majority of the produce that he sells is grown right on his family owned farm. Everything else is sourced from other local farms and friends in his area.
- Show Me The Goods: Peaches, tomatoes, peppers, corn, zucchini, onions and more!
- Can’t Live Without: A jar of delicious homemade jam.
Elkstone Farm: Located just up the road, this local farm has brought commercial agriculture back to Strawberry Park. Using environmentally sustainable farming techniques, this small farm embodies the spirit of our areas agricultural heritage.
- Show Me The Goods: Fresh produce, home-baked cookies and crackers, small batch preserves and condiments, hand crafted lip balms and soaps.
- Can’t Live Without: A package of chiltepin pepper & sage crackers and lavender sage shortbread cookies.
Bee Grateful Farm: Located just a few miles south of town between Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs. This newly founded, 50-acre family farm, has a goal of bringing together the local community through wholesome food, cute animals and inspiring events.
- Show Me The Goods: Organic vegetables and herbs, local honey and handmade alpaca hats.
- Can’t Live Without: Micro greens for a delicious summer salad, and although not food related, you can’t pass up a cozy winter hat made from hand spun alpaca fleece.
Eagle Smoked Salmon: Owned and operated by Scottish native and chef Andrew Osborne. Andrew offers a large variety of delicious salmon, smoked using a combination of traditional Scottish methods, and secret personal techniques. The fish is smoked using a peach wood, giving it a more delicate, less fishy flavor.
- Show Me The Goods: Cold and hot smoked Norway Salmon, King Alaskan Salmon, Coho and Sockeye Salmon.
- Can’t Live Without: A package of cold smoked King Alaskan Salmon.
Pappardelle’s Pasta Company: Purveyors of exquisite fresh and dry pastas, in an array of delicious flavors. Pappardelle’s employs traditional Italian techniques to preserve the nutritional integrity of their pastas and provide the ultimate Italian culinary experience.
- Show Me The Goods: Dry pastas, fresh and stuffed pastas, sauces and pesto.
- Can’t Live Without: Lime cilantro linguine, hatch green chile pappardelle, sweet potato gnocchi and traditional basil pesto.
La Montagne Des Saveurs (The Mountain of Flavors): Offers the best selection of delicious cheese straight from France. Their cheese is produced and aged in caves, using fresh farmers milk from various regions in France. Is there anything more whimsical than that?
- Show Me The Goods: French cheeses from young to aged, mild to bold, sweet to salty, all with different flavors and aromas.
- Can’t Live Without: All of their cheese options are delicious, you can’t go wrong!
Kogler’s Bakery: This small business has been selling fresh breads and pastries at local farmers markets in Colorado and Wyoming since 2003. Their delicious pastries and savory treats make this a great place to stop for breakfast, lunch, or any meal in between.
- Show Me The Goods: Artisan bread, European style pastries, quiche, macaroons, strudel, pretzels and tarts.
- Can’t Live Without: Fresh peach strudel, cheese danish, mixed vegetable quiche and chocolate dipped macaroons.
Every week there is something new to explore…and eat. This is just a small sampling of some of my favorite food vendors. With over 50 vendors specializing in produce and packaged foods, you’re bound to find something delicious at every turn.
Emily Hines is the marketing and special events coordinator for the City of Steamboat Springs. Emily was born and raised in the Yampa Valley and attended the University of Oregon, where she received a Bachelor of Science in business administration with concentrations in marketing and sports business. In 2013, after seven years working on the East Coast for a lifestyle and sports marketing agency, she found her way back home to Steamboat. She loves the outdoors and enjoys sharing her adventures and all that Steamboat has to offer.
Read more from Emily here.
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