As the days get shorter and there is a crispness in the air, the fruits and vegetables at Glenwood’s Downtown Market become richer in color and flavor. The flower bouquets from Z’s Orchard and Early Morning Orchard are a deep palette of purples, burgundies and golden yellows. Z’s Orchard, Early Morning Orchard and Okagawa Farms have their tables filled with an abundance of early September produce.
Okagawa Farms joined the Tuesday market mid season. Lisa and Steve Nieslanik bought their farm from Johnny Okagawa in 1992. With the assistance of Nance Webb, they participate in three different weekly markets. They grow a large assortment of vegetables including one of my husband’s favorites, sweet pimento peppers.
When you are at the market this week, visit with all three of our farmers. The owners and helpers that attend the market are very happy to give you information about the varieties of fruits and vegetables they grow and bring to sell. Let them know your favorites.
Kim Breslin offers Juice Plus at the market. Juice Plus is the next best thing to fresh fruits and vegetables. Juice Plus starts with fresh high quality fruits and vegetables that are raised with no pesticides or other contaminants. Kim will explain the health benefits of Juice Plus. She has been a distributor of for nine years.
Kim also partnered with Noreen Nolan to start the New Castle Community Market. The market is every Thursday evening from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in downtown New Castle through Sept. 12.
While the growing season is winding down, you may be thinking about your garden or acreage and your plans for next year. John Rizza, regional specialist of small acreage management, from Colorado State University, will be at the market this week. He has several handouts available including drip irrigation for your home garden, natural area weed management and information about a training program being offered, in Garfield County, for landowners to become better stewards of their land.
Jim Hawkins and I will give you an idea of how to use some of your fall vegetables at the cooking demonstration this week at 5:30. We’ll be preparing “Lasagna Azteca with spinach and ancho chili salsa.” This lasagna is vegetarian as well as gluten free.
Paonia duo the Strolling Scones will be entertaining marketgoers from 5:30-8 p.m. Rick Stockton, instrumentalist, and Helen Highwater, singer and bass player, have the sound that has the qualities of the music you might have heard on the radio in the summer of 1967. They are, also, avid supporters of solar technology. Their rehearsal studio and recording studio are both solar powered. Our music sponsor this week is Stifel Nicolaus and Co.
The market wants to thank the folks that have helped us make the market a success this season.
Joey Antonides has helped with the cooking demo every week, and Sandy Ruble Stolzfus has assisted with market booth sales. In addition, we couldn’t accomplish all the tent set-up and take-down and vendor unloading without our hardworking helpers from the Feed My Sheep program.
Glenwood’s Downtown Market takes place from 4-8 p.m., Tuesdays in Centennial Park at Ninth and Grand in the heart of Glenwood Springs.