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Last chances at Glenwood’s Downtown Market

Tricia Cleis

With just two Tuesday markets left and Oktoberfest, these are your last opportunities to get fresh luscious Palisade peaches, Olathe corn, new potatoes, heirloom tomatoes and the other specialty fruits and veggies from our neighboring farms and orchards. Cooler temperatures, warm friendships and hot tunes in the music booth have lured us out to relish the last of the market offerings.

There are new crafters who have joined the market recently as well as our faithful favorites with unique gift items you won’t be able to purchase anywhere else. It is not too early to think of the holidays, so don’t miss checking out these booths at the market this week:

Linda Drake has beautiful, nostalgic kitchen towels that are each specially designed and printed by the artist. These towels have been a hot item this summer for Linda; she has shipped orders to gift shops across the nation, and they are available at Glenwood’s Downtown Market. Linda’s oilcloth market bags have also been hot sellers this summer.

Giana Grossman is a new vendor/crafter at the market this season. She is a local Glenwood Springs potter with 25 years experience in clay arts. Giana has a studio at the Carbondale Clay Center, and her pottery is as unique, fun and interesting as she is. She uses an art form that was developed in the late 1800s called agate-ware. She colors the clay, and then creates streaks through the thrown pieces by folding in minerals like cobalt and copper in layers to add even more color and interest to her unique pieces of functional art. The batter bowls are so beautiful and functional that they will spend no time in the owner’s cupboards. There are coffee mugs, salad and fruit bowls, and urns that glow from the warms colors rarely seen in ceramic work.

Sheila Summers of New Castle has been doing stained glass art for 20 years. She has recently begun to create unique jewelry pendants, belt buckles, coasters and night lights with fused glass reminiscent of her stained glass, but wearable and giftable. Sheila’s jeweled art pieces have to be studied up close to appreciate what happens both intentionally and randomly in her kiln. Sheila’s night-lights with trains, trucks and figurines thoughtfully solve the question of what to get the child who has everything.

The music booth, sponsored by Early Morning Orchards, is thrilled to welcome Let Them Roar, who recently opened for Band of Heathens at the Ute Theatre in Rifle. This local Carbondale band, formerly All the Pretty Horses, is an American musical melting pot of twangy voices, jazz-trained rhythm, steel guitar and mandolin. Each band member brings a unique history and passion to the music.

Kenneth Williams serves the best pour-over coffee around, perfect on a cool autumn evening. Kenneth’s business is Mountain Mama Roasters, and he is a missionary who served with the Feed My Sheep Charities for two years. He also took his family to live in Uganda for four years at the foot of Elgon Mountain, where premier coffee is grown. A good cup of coffee wasn’t available there, however, as it is exported and not available locally. So Kenneth and a friend built a roaster and began learning how to roast coffee beans, which started a whole new venture for him and his family.

Bring a blanket and come to Glenwood’s Downtown Market for the best cup of coffee around and stay for the music, fun and great selections of local produce, crafts and gifts at Ninth and Grand Avenue in Glenwood.


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