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Add some color to your day

Sharill HawkinsGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

This Tuesday, add some color to your day, at the Glenwood Springs Downtown Market, 4 p.m. to dusk, July 27th. The bright and rich colors of the season are appearing at the market in the fruits, vegetables and booths of our artisans.New to the market this year is Sheep Camp Wool Mill. They are fifth generation sheep and cattle ranchers. Their yarns are spun from fleeces produced by their flocks of Shetland, bluefaced Leicester and Merino sheep. Some of the yarns are acid dyed for the rich strong colors, and others are all natural for an earthy look. The full array of yarns will draw you in to their booth. The Lloyds are passionate about educating people about fine Colorado-grown natural lamb products and unique yarns. In their booth there is always a spinning wheel for those who want to try their hand at an ancient art.In a booth near the yarn display you’ll see several spools of colorful cording. Jenna Pearce, one of our young vendors, is offering hair wraps using assorted cording. Jenna has a natural talent for combining the various hues.Asha Ironwood is also an artisan new to our market this year. Asha is a flameworking glass artist. Her great-grandfather and grandfather both worked with glass. Since 1996, Asha has been creating one-of-a kind jewelry, beads, marbles, bottles and kaleidoscopes from glass. My pick of the week, at the market, are her brightly colored beads in greens, blues, yellows and oranges. She combines the beads with charms related to gardening, farming and cooking in dangle earrings.Yuthok Tibetan Treasures again this year brings its jewelry and Buddhist artifacts to the market. They are showing a beautiful collection of bead necklaces in deep red and turquoise. Our produce vendors’ tables are spilling over with summer fruits, vegetables and flowers of every color in the rainbow. Good Health Downtown Market and Deli on Cooper Avenue in Glenwood Springs recently sent out a report about the benefits of adding some color to your plate. The report gave reasons for eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. You may want to stop by their store to get a copy of the information. Rainbow chard, Easter egg radishes, fresh yellow sweet corn, and purple plums are all in season this July at the farmers’ markets. Pappardelle’s pasta has been at our market for several seasons. Their southwestern blend pasta is a mix of blue corn, red southwestern chile, green jalapeno and yellow maize pastas.If you would like to preserve some of the flavors and colors of the summer foods available at the market, stop by the non-profit booth this week. Garfield County Master Food Safety Advisors Carla Farran and Debbie Martin will be answering questions about preserving your produce. They will be providing fact sheets on canning, freezing and dehydrating. Deb and Carla will also have a tester for your pressure canner, so bring your lid with the gauge and have it test for free. If you would like, you can bring your entire canner to have it inspected. They are also offering classes in water-bath canning, pressure canning, freezing and dehydrating foods on Aug. 14, 21 and 28. The classes are all day, and you will be able to do actual food preservation. The cost per class is $25 and you may attend any combination of classes that you would like. The classes will be held at the United Methodist Church in Glenwood. You can sign up at the market booth or the Garfield County extension office.McHealthy Soups by Ricki McKenna is at our market every Tuesday. This Tuesday at 6 p.m., Ricki will be the chef for our weekly cooking demo. Ricki began making healthy soups when creating recipes and ideas for her nutrition clients. Soups can be made from your favorite ingredients, leftovers or fresh ingredients from the market. She combines tastes, textures, colors and flavors and blends them. Soups are one of the best ways to fill up with nourishing real food. Ricki will demonstrate one or two of her organic homemade soups and explain how soups can delight the palate and satisfy the soul. Ricki is a licensed and certified nutritionist who lives and works from her heart. In her column for the Aspen Daily News she discusses topics on nutrition and health issues. Bring your appetite and your questions to the cooking demo this Tuesday.Under the music tent this week Chris Bank and his group Tudi Calderon will start performing at 5:30. In April 2004, the Aspen Times called Chris Bank the music man of the valley. Chris has been influential in the musical growth of many students in the Roaring Fork Valley through teaching and finding funding for jazz programs. Chris will be singing and playing his guitar with his percussionist. Come sit in the shade and enjoy a very accomplished local musician. This week’s music sponsor is Stifel Nicolaus & Co.See you Tuesday at the market.


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