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A damp good time on Tuesday evenings

Downtown Market
Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jen Lokheart, from Divide Creek Farms, still smiling in the rain at the Tuesday Downtown Market.
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Rain, rain and more rain fell at the Glenwood Downtown Market last Tuesday evening. Six years ago was the first season for the Tuesday market in Glenwood Springs. That year it rained at least 12 Tuesday evenings out of the 15-week market season. It had only been a few years since the drought years of 2001 and 2002 so no one ever complained about the rain. We had community members thank us because if it was Tuesday they new it would rain. Last Tuesday the rain started at 6:30 in a downpour and never stopped. We want to thank all the participants of the market that kept in great spirits and continued to help the customers that stayed and enjoyed the refreshing rain. Customers also jumped in and helped cover products and hold down the tents. The rain helped build new friendships, and all the produce vendors knew the rain was good for their fruits and vegetables, back at their farms.

This Tuesday, Aug. 3, starting at 4 p.m., we are hoping for sunny skies so everyone can enjoy the market until dusk. Our five farmers tables are offering a full range of fruits and vegetables this week. Divide Creek Farm, located 10 miles south of Silt, has several specialty varieties of vegetables. They often sell out of some of their more unusual varieties of sweet turnips, rainbow beets and mild radishes, so stop by their display early. Divide Creek has recipes available for customers. Borden Farms’ bags of fresh greens can be a complete meal. Osage Gardens has added potted dwarf sunflowers to its selection of herbs and vegetables this week. The sunflowers will fill that bare spot in your garden. Osage Gardens is also now carrying Avalanche goat cheese at the market. Z’s Orchard from Palisade, has peaches by the flat, for early season peach pies. Z’s booth is also decorated with handmade cotton aprons that make great gifts. Skip, owner of Early Morning Orchards, will continue to offer his selections of plums, apricots and peaches. My vegetable pick of the week is the fresh carrots found under many of our farmer’s tents. They are a quick, raw snack or can be cut into 11⁄2 inch slices and simply oven roasted with olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper and your favorite herbs.

Andrew Osborne owns and runs Eagle Smoked Salmon Inc. Andrew is at the Tuesday market with his selection of smoked salmon. He’s from Inverness, Scotland, in the Scottish Highlands, where smoked salmon is considered one of the necessities of life. Andrew was a chef for 22 years. During that time he had difficulty finding smoked salmon that he liked. He decided to make a career change and develop his own method of smoking salmon. His salmon comes mainly from the North Atlantic near British Columbia. He also uses King and Coho salmon from Alaska. Andrew uses peach wood from Palisade for his smoker. He says the peach wood gives the salmon a more delicate flavor. This Tuesday, Andrew will be in the market’s cooking demonstration tent at 6 p.m. pairing his salmon with other fruits and vegetables from the market.



Behind the cooking tent, in the park, starting at 5:30 p.m., you will hear the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Peggy Lee. The Rat Pack will be performing classics like “My Way” and “Luck Be a Lady” for your enjoyment. This week’s music sponsor is Rocky Mountain NeuroAdvantage.

Also in the park this week, Marian Clayton of New Castle will be signing copies of her book, “Murder with a Twist.” In 1993, Marion obtained her AA degree in criminal justice from Colorado Mountain College and graduated with her BA from Regis University in Denver. Marion has worked for Garfield County in the Clerk and Recorder’s Office since 1996.



This Tuesday, Aug. 3, is National Night Out. This is the 27th year for the annual National Night Out. Our Glenwood Springs Police Department will be at the Downtown Market for this annual event. The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs. It will also strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson and some of his officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and to get acquainted with more community members.

Stop by the market tent if you need to use a charge or debit card at the market. Also sign up for our weekly produce basket give-away. Remember the market goes on rain or shine. For more information go to http://www.glenwoodmarket.com.


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