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A sweet visit to the Glenwood Springs Downtown Market

Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Flowers and sweet Rainier cherries are available from Z's Orchard at the Glenwood Tuesday Downtown Farmers Market.

Sweet tastes, sweet smells and sweet sounds of summer will fill the corner of Ninth and Grand, at the Glenwood Downtown Farmers Market, Tuesday, July 12, from 4 p.m. until dusk. Z’s Orchard has the first fresh flowers of the summer to offer you. They also have bowls of sweet Rainier cherries. Early Morning Orchard is featuring Metheley plums. The plums are small and very sweet. Bordens and Osage Gardens have sweet basil plants to add to your garden. Osage Gardens is also offering bags of basil for $1 this week. Divide Creek Farms has the best baby Hakeuri turnips. The larger they are the sweeter they taste. I like them raw or stir fried in olive oil and a pinch of raw sugar. The first peaches of the year will also be at the market this Tuesday.

Two new vendors at this year’s market are Wild Mountain Honey and Sophisticated Syrups. Sandy Haber, from Sophisticated Syrups, makes natural aromatic sweeteners for food and beverages. My pick of the week is the natural comb honey from Wild Mountain Honey. The honey is a sample of nature’s purest and most sweet food.

Our sweetest vendor is Will, with Fresh Bread and Pastries. He isn’t only sweet, but his filled fruit pastries will satisfy any sweet tooth. Among the hot food offered at the market, the sweet crepes have been a favorite. If you still haven’t satisfied your craving for something sweet, try one of the seven flavors of kettle corn, a piece of cheesecake or Mexican bread pudding from three new vendors to the market. To go with all the possible desserts Back Alley Coffee is serving iced coffee and iced tea. Back Alley Coffee is a local micro-roaster.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. Lesa Russo will be filling the park with sweet sounds. Lesa lives in Glenwood Springs, is a Hospice nurse, director of the Holistic Harmony music program and the director of the Harmony Chorus at Valley View Hospital. Lesa’s musically talented son, Jacob, will join Lesa this Tuesday. The Glenwood Springs Mall sponsors this week’s music.

It’s salad time in the cooking demo tent at 6 p.m. Sarah Rumery, owner of Osage Gardens, will be preparing three yummy salads. The first salad will charm any non-kale lover in to one who loves kale. The second salad is a Greek salad with lots of seasonal veggies and feta cheese. The third salad will be a mix of greens and showcase the salad dressings that are sold at the market. Osage Gardens is a family farm dedicated to growing organic culinary herbs and produce since 1992.

Look for Karen Church at the market this week. Karen lives in Glenwood Springs and is a yoga practitioner, teacher and photographer. Karen is now also an independent book writer. She will be signing copies of her new yoga book.

Remember to stop by the Downtown Market’s booth in the park, to sign up for our weekly giveaway of a basket of market products. Your name might also be drawn for a copy of the “Edible” cookbook that we are featuring this summer. We are also available to answer any questions about the market and its vendors. See you on Tuesday and enjoy the sweet delights of summer in Glenwood Springs. http://www.glenwoodmarket.com

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