Stock up now for better winter meals |

Stock up now for better winter meals

Our kids have been in school a month, the temperatures seem to be mellowing a little, and the fall produce is coming in by the boxful.

One of the best times in the winter seems to be gathering around a home-cooked meal, prepared with food that one canned, froze or dried themselves. With this in mind a stop at the Glenwood Springs Saturday Farmers Market is the place to stock up on winter potatoes, pinto beans by the bag, onions, freshly roasted green chilies, tomatoes, green beans, summer squash, winter squash and pumpkins. All of this produce and much more can be found at the DeVries Farm Stand.

Kuhns’ Peach Valley “beyond organic” CSA Farm will bring to market Garfield County field-grown summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, greens, basil and garlic; along with certified organic Palisade O’Henry and August lady peaches. Also, Peach Valley-grown macintosh, gold delicious and Jonagold apples, pears and Gail’s flowers.

Fresh-picked Saturday morning music will warm the chilly air this week, with the rousing tunes of the Defiance String Band. Coming back for a second time this summer, Defiance features Don and April Paine, along with Don Kauffman and Steve Johnson. One of Glenwood’s favorite bands, Defiance will feature many fiddle, bluegrass, and old-timey tunes for all ages. Music is sponsored by Peach Valley CSA Farm, along with all the farms and vendors at the Saturday Farmers Market.

Kaleb’s Katch is offering a stock-up special of a mixed case of frozen, fresh sustainably caught Alaskan salmon and Halibut as well as bratwursts and smoked portions. (Please preorder.)

At Healthy Baker the incredible apple and peach fritters have returned, becoming the perfect complement to a cup of coffee. Also available are double stuffed focaccia bread made with sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, garlic, 4 herbs, cheddar and mozzarella, his famous vegan, organic four-seeded Dakota bread and an organic double-stuffed hot-chilies-and-cheddar-in-sourdough bread. A brownie or elvis bar can satisfy a chocolate craving, and others might prefer a sweet piece of scrumptious carrot cake.

High altitude wildflower honey, local alfalfa and rabbitbrush honey, bee pollen, beeswax and honeycomb are at Mesa Forge and Farm’s stand next to the wide array of Plum Daisy’s award winning organic jams. Mary’s stunning array of gladiolas are available to brighten your house, along with freshly picked, naturally grown summer and winter squash, turnips, beets, Jim’s dried and fresh gourds and a selection of sandwich breads and rolls, zucchini and friendship breads.

Cyn Cyr’s locally sourced and handmade jams, jellies and variety of pickles are also available. Stop by for a sample and to see the expanding selections she has available.

The Saturday Farmers Market will be open through Oct. 31 in the Rite-Aid parking lot from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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