It’s the time of year to think about canning in Garfield County |

It’s the time of year to think about canning in Garfield County

Sharill Hawkins
Special to the Post Independent

Now is the time in the market season when many of us remember our grandmother’s pantry with glass canning jars filled with the summer’s bounty. You may be wishing you had the time or energy to preserve some of your own homegrown fruits and vegetables. It’s the time of the year when I stock up at the market as I plan to freeze, can, dry or pickle everything.

Garfield County Master canners Deb Martin and Carla Farrand will be in the cooking demonstration tent this week. Starting at 5:30 p.m, they will be showing a new jelly maker that makes small batches of jelly. They will discuss various types of pectins used in making jams and jellies. Deb and Carla will also be happy to answer questions about water bath canning.

Working with small quantities of produce is a lesson we also learned from Eugenia Bone, the author of “Well-Preserved,” at last year’s market. We don’t need to start with a bushel basket full of tomatoes. We will be giving away a signed copy of her book, “Well-Preserved…recipes and techniques for putting up small batches of seasonal foods,” after this week’s demo.

Fermentation is also is also a form of preservation. Michael Pollan, in his newest book, “Cooked,” explains the history of fermentation and the uses of fermentation for preserving foods. The word ferment actually means to boil, but the fermentation process is not hot to the touch. Cabbage can become sauerkraut and grapes become wine with this process.

Rob Kimball brings his 5680’ wine to the market each week from Paonia. He is also bringing the late harvest Riesling “Pearamour” for his friends at Black Bridge Farm and Winery. Pearamour Riesling will give you a sweet reminder of the fruit season throughout the winter.

Our musicians this week are The Painter’s Stage. Husband and wife team Noemi and Krystof Kosmowski have been performing since a young age. They are versatile instrumentalists and vocalists. They will entertain you with covers of rock, country and oldies. The music is in the park from 5:30–8 p.m. Our music sponsor this week is Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Dylan O’Connell and Marissa Johnson have joined the market for September. They are showing Bar-K-Bar handmade leather goods. All their leather items bring a mix of the wild west feel and a new age sophisticated look for the cowboy or cowgirl. They display a wide range of products in tooled and stamped leather and also hair-on fur products.

Thanks to Slow Food Roaring Fork, we are still able to double the value of Snap benefits. Just stop by the market booth in the park to receive tokens to spend with the fresh food vendors. Garfield County has also doubled the value the WIC vouchers that are used at our market. Alpine Bank makes it possible for us process all debit and charge cards.

Throughout the market season, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent gives us the opportunity to bring this article to our readers. It has made it possible to introduce our wonderful vendors and let our customers know so much more about the market each week. The market board, all our vendors and market-goers are grateful for the Post’s generosity.

Glenwood’s Downtown Market will continue on Tuesdays from 4-8 p.m. through September, in Centennial Park at Ninth Street and Grand Avenue.

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