Award-winning woodworker at Downtown Market |

Award-winning woodworker at Downtown Market

Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs Downtown Market

We have all heard the phrase, “our young people are our future.” At Glenwood’s Downtown market, we have enjoyed the opportunity to have students participating in the market. Several have helped produce vendors with sales. Some have sold lemonade while others applied artistic henna tattoos.

Zechariah Matthews has been showing his laminated wood cutting boards at the market for a few years. This year, at the Garfield County Fair, he entered his craft work, and his skills were rewarded. His laminated fish-shaped cutting board received three top awards in his age group. Stop by his booth and see his ribbons for Best of Show, 1st Place and Grand Champion. Congratulations to Zechariah. He has many styles of cutting boards available in his booth.

Pies and their bakers received award ribbons at last week’s market pie contest. Joslyn Mitchell took home the Grand Prize ribbon for her key lime cream pie. We want to thank everyone who brought a pie and shared their baking talents. Thanks also to our volunteers and judges.

David Little is new to the market. He will be joining the market for the last weeks of the season. He brings cinnamon roasted almonds, pecans and cashews. He offers gift bags and tins for the holidays. Visit his website,

Brett Thompson, chef de cuisine of The Pullman, will be in the cooking demonstration tent at 5:30 p.m. Brett will be doing his rendition of his tomato salad. He says, “It’s a twist on a familiar idea, a take on a Greek salad, utilizing the farmers market produce and the home pantry.” The salad will include heirloom tomatoes, cucumber gazpacho, shaved red onions, olives, feta and oregano vinaigrette. Brett moved here from Telluride in May 2012 to work under chef John Little, the opening chef de cuisine of the Pullman. He took over for him as chef de cuisine the following fall.

The selections of juicy, flavorful tomatoes from heirlooms to cherry tomatoes on our produce vendors tables is great right now. Pick some up for you salads or for canning.

Don’t miss the gorgeous bouquets of gladiolas that Bill O’Leary is selling at the market. The flowers will make any dinner at home feel special.

The Noone law firm is our music sponsor for the evening. Cottonwood Acoustic will be entertaining marketgoers from 5:30-8 p.m.

Cottonwood Acoustic Bluegrass Band was co-founded in 2008 by JD Blackmer on mandolin and guitarist Fred Jarman. Ace sideman Steve Johnson on the 5-string banjo, Matt Anderson on the standup bass and the talented Natalie Koob on the fiddle fill out the group. The quintet plays contemporary and traditional bluegrass and strong originals.

Come enjoy an evening at the market. Learn a new recipe, find new varieties of fruits and vegetables or just kick back and relax.

Glenwood’s Downtown Market will continue every Tuesday through the month of September in Centennial Park, Ninth and Grand Avenue from 4-8 p.m.

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