Around the globe, villages and towns come alive on Market Day |

Around the globe, villages and towns come alive on Market Day

Sharill Hawkins
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Photo by Molly Rumery Farmer's Market in a rural village in the Volta region of Ghana.

Glenwood’s Downtown Market seventh market of the season will be from 4 p.m. to dusk Tuesday, Aug. 2.

We are almost halfway through our season and want to celebrate the farmers at our market and other markets in our valley and all the products that are brought to markets by Colorado farmers throughout the state. All their hard work brings healthy and flavorful fruits and vegetables to our communities each week.

The four produce vendors at the Tuesday market offer different varieties of produce. Look for yellow wax beans form Z’s Orchard. Early Morning Orchards has fresh dill for canning or bouquets. Mixed greens from Borden Farms is a staple every week. Osage Gardens offers many culinary herbs.

Around the globe, villages and towns come alive on Market Day. Tom and Sarah Rumery’s daughter Molly is absent from the Osage Gardens booth this season. She is experiencing the hustle and bustle of another Tuesday market. Molly is living in a rural village in the Volta region of Ghana, where she is a Peace Corps volunteer.

Rumery describes the market in her blog.

“Run-down vans and buses come in from all the neighboring villages, filled to the max and bulging with their market possessions from every individual selling at the market. Tarps are laid out, piles are stacked and buckets are filled with everything from fresh sea salt, raw peanuts, tomatoes, to pots and pans and barrels for saving fresh water or brewing the local moonshine called Akpeteshie.

“Vendors are frying fish, boiling soups and making local creations. Children are walking around selling various items for their family on the tops of their heads. Bells are being rung, goats are walking around bleating and the market day begins.

“Ghana markets are a rumble and jumble of people, their products and their screaming voices trying to get everyone’s attention to buy their precious goods. At the end of the day, vendors go home happy, with a few bucks in their pockets and eagerly await the next market to begin.”

Rumery says she is trying to absorb the colors, the smells and the action of market day in Ghana and is still so fascinated by it all. You can read more about Rumery’s experiences at her blog:

Take in the sounds, smells, colors and tastes of the Tuesday market in Centennial Park. Two new vendors at the market have booths full of color. Mountain Love is offering fabric-covered buttons and fabric jewelry. MSDesigns is displaying mosaic artwork and mirrors.

Listen to the music of a local trio, The Roaring Fork Ramblers, in the music tent from 5:30 till dusk.

The cooking demo this week will feature one of the newest restaurants on Seventh Street in Glenwood Springs. Mark Fischer, chef and owner of the Pullman…Food and Drink Restaurant, and Chef John Little will be preparing burratta. Taste a sample of mozzarella cheese stuffed with ricotta cheese, served with grilled salsa made with tomatoes from Borden Farms and other produce from the market. The chefs from the Pullman purchase produce from the market each week for their restaurant. Stop by the Pullman to try their “farmarita,” a margarita made with fresh carrot juice and a hint of dill.

After the cooking demonstration, the market’s garden talk will be given by Adam Juul from Mountain Valley Greenhouse. Juul will discussing worm castings in compost for improving your garden soil.

Pam Pine will be at the market this week with the International Rotary Club’s Disaster Aid Project, Shelter Box.

Stop by the market booth if you would like to receive our weekly email newsletter. Help us celebrate the farmer’s summer bounty and their efforts to help us eat healthy, locally grown food.

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