GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - This Tuesday, Sept. 25, is the last Glenwood Downtown Market for this year. My favorite recent cookbook find is "With a Measure of Grace" by Blake Spalding and Jennifer Castle. They quote Henry David Thoreau, "Live each season as it passes, breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influences of each." Enjoy the smells, tastes and colors of the final days of the outdoor markets in our valley.We've enjoyed a great market season, including last week's annual soup contest. The Bayou, The Grand, El Horizonte, The Ramada, The Pullman, The Double Dog and Four Mile Creek B&B all served delicious hearty fall soups. The Chef's Choice awards were:First: The Pullman's Squash Bisque with Roasted Spiced MarshmallowsSecond: Four Mile Creek B&B's Doc Hawk's Veggie RedThird: Double Dog Pub's Chicken Tortilla Soup with Lime CremaPeople's Choice: The Grand's Creamy, Dreamy Chicken and Rice SoupMany of these soups will stick around on our participants' menus.The Bayou will be serving their Pork Green Chili for brunch on Bronco Sundays. El Horizonte's 7 Mares soup will warm you up this winter. Tim Gomez from the Ramada served a rich Hearty Veggie Gumbo. Thank you to everyone who sampled the entries. Thanks also to our chef judges, Mike McCallum, Louis Girardot and Dan Weis.At the first cooking demo of the season at the market we featured recipes using early season market fruits and vegetables. This week at 6 p.m. in the cooking tent, I'll have suggestions for some of the market's late season produce. I was inspired last week by a Glenwood Garden Club event. We brought some of the last of our garden herbs, fruits and vegetables and made individual pizzas. The pizzas tasted delicious and were works of art with the colors the garden. I'll share the recipe and samples for a wine-poached pear and goat cheese dessert pizza. The balsamic vinegars, olive oils and gift certificates that are sold at the market booth will be available during the winter at Confetti Designs and Main Street Gallery in Glenwood Springs.The Leonard Curry Trio will close out our market season music. They are a local favorite. The enthusiasm from Elliot Leonard and Craig and Lorraine Curry is contagious. The trio will entertain from 5:30 till dusk. Our music sponsor this week is Fine Things.Our Michael Pollan food rule for this week is No. 83: "Break the rules every once in a while."There will be special occasions when you will want to throw some rule out the window. He says, "Cultivating a relaxed attitude toward food is important." Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 29, when Glenwood's Downtown Market will bring Oktoberfest to Centennial Park at Ninth and Grand from noon till 7 p.m.Seasonal brews, regional wines, German food, live music by The Missing Links and Bavarian dancers will be featured.Oktoberfest sponsors are The Hotel Denver and Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, city of Glenwood Springs, Bank of Colorado and Glenwood Springs Mall.Our market board, Nancy Page, Cindy Svatos, Sue Sharpe, Jan Harr, Sue Kuhn, Cindy Hines, Linda Drake and Sharill Hawkins, want to personally thank all who have made this eighth market season a success. It's been a celebration of downtown Glenwood Springs, local food, music and art. Thanks to our loyal vendors and customers from Glenwood Springs, the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond for your interest and support. You all have helped keep the local food movement alive in out valley.
Savor the last Downtown Market of the season
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