September in Colorado is time for hikes among the aspens as their leaves change from greens to shimmering golds. The mornings are crisp as children go off to school. We take snacks along for our hikes and tuck treats in school backpacks for our children.
When choosing snacks, think about two of Michael Pollan's "Food Rules." No. 17: Buy your snacks at the Farmer's Market. And No. 72: Limit your snacks to unprocessed plant foods. When you snack, try to limit yourselves to snacks that are fresh or dried fruits, vegetables and nuts.
At Glenwood's Downtown Market this week, Z's Orchard has Italian Prune Plums. They are a freestone plum that is firm and keeps well unrefrigerated. The skin is a deep blue, covering a yellow interior with a great taste. It's perfect for a lunch box or in a backpack. Z's also has cherry tomatoes in red, yellow and purple that taste sweet and flavorful. All our produce vendors are offering crunchy apples in September.
Kara Brouchard joined the market this summer. Kara suffered a brain injury when she was 5 years old. She started baking cookies for the police and fire departments as gifts for their service. She now shares her love of cooking by making unique homemade trail mixes, Kara's Krunchies. Kara has "Pretzel Pizzaz", "Wasabi Wow" and "Tropical Treat," all packaged for a snack on the go.
If you need that sweeter taste, Holly D Pihl, The Gluten Free Momma, will be at the market through September. She offers gluten free baked goods including muffins, cookies, chocolate cake and breads.
Learn how to produce fresh raw tastes with certified raw food chef Mary Whalen at this week's food demo. Whalen's demonstration will begin at 6 p.m. She will be making a fall chili, with sun-dried tomatoes over a zucchini pasta. You can also sample a raw food peach dessert.
Chef Whalen's recipes and information about raw food classes will be available at her presentation. Mary enjoys a meatless, dairy-free, gluten-free diet that offers many health advantages.
In the music tent, The Rat Pack will be performing starting at 5:30 p.m. They will be performing new tunes as well as old and familiar songs that showcase the music they love. Jimmy Coates is their Frank Sinatra and Carl Meitler their Dean Martin. The rest of the group, Brad Vierheller, Dave Gardner, Jacquie Meitler and Jennetta Meitler Howell cover the voices of Rosemary Clooney, Sammie Davis Jr. and more.
The group have been singing together for about six years. They have performed together in local Defiance Community Players productions and Aspen Community Players. Vierheller and Howell have been part of the Glenwood Vaudeville since they opened. The music sponsor this week is Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
Join Glenwood's Downtown Market from 4 p.m. to dusk, Tuesdays, through Sept. 25 in Centennial Park at Ninth and Grand. Enjoy the cooler temperatures, the smell of roasting chilies and the deep colors of the later season fruits and vegetables. This year's market is "Celebrating Downtown Changes, A Sense of Community and Local Food and Art."