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Capture the colors of summer at their peak at Downtown Market

Sharill Hawkins
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Summer produce is bountiful at Glenwood’s Downtown Market. Our produce vendors’ booths are filled with cherries, peaches, plums, onions, corn, summer squashes and specialty produce. It’s time to start thinking about preserving some of these summer tastes for our winter season.

At the market booth, in the park, we sell Eugenia Bone’s book, “Well-Preserved.” Bone gives information about preserving the summer flavors in small batches. In her Aug. 7 Denver Post Food Blog: Well Preserved, she gives instructions for making berry syrups and even pickled radishes. Her food blog is a treasure of information.

When we start to think of summer’s colors fading into winter, it is time to look for a few colorful accents to brighten our homes and our wardrobes during the winter months. This year’s market includes three artisans whose work is colorful and vibrant.

“Mountain Love” has whimsical jewelry and gifts. All the items are handmade by Kelly Philbin, a first grade teacher at Sopris Elementary School. Philbin’s magnetic interchangeable jewelry can be customized by choosing your chain, and three wonderfully patterned covered buttons.

“Mountain Love” also has fabric flower necklaces, headbands and hair accessories.

Melissa Smutko DeHaan is the owner of MSDesigns-Mosaics, Sculpture and Design. Melissa lives in New Castle. She has been designing mosaics for six years, with original designs and deep rich colors. She also sets tile and does custom installation of mosaics.

Yuthok Tibetan Treasures is owned by a Tibetan family living in Colorado. They specialize in stunning beaded necklaces in both ethnic and modern styles designed by the mother-daughter team Tsepal and Tenzia. They also display collectable handmade jewelry and ritual objects from Nepal and Tibet. They have been showing their treasures at the Glenwood Downtown Market since the first season seven years ago.

If you would like to have some summer scents in you home this winter, stop by Monica Goodsell’s Ye Old Health Shop. Goodsell has summer scents preserved in her essential oils, hand soaps and laundry detergent.

Look for the bright summery tablecloths at the Just Crepes food booth for Jim’s fresh peach crepes. Choose from organic fruit crepes and savory crepes that are made fresh with each order.

A local favorite, for summer music at the market, is The Rock Dogs. Find your choice of drinks and hot food, then sit in the shade and enjoy their music, starting at 5:30 p.m.

In the cooking demonstration tent at 6 p.m., Mike McCallum will be preparing pork tenderloin with a plum sauce. After the demo pick up gorgeous plums from the Early Morning Orchards’ booth.

In the Market information booth this week we’ll be featuring many shopping bags that are a great replacement for plastic bags.

We have a reusable produce bag that is virtually weightless and see-through so that the produce code can be easily read with out removing the produce from the bag. The bag is also breathable and washable.

Our cloth shopping bag is printed with local artist Mary Noone’s market painting. We also carry an inexpensive Glenwood Downtown Market bag and many styles of EnviroSacs.

Glenwood’s Frontier Museum will be on hand at the market this week in the nonprofit booth. Stop by to learn about their programs and events.

Stop by the market booth to pick up information about our first annual “Slice of Summer” Pie Contest. The contest will be Aug. 23. Prepare your favorite recipe for a fruit, cream or specialty pie. After judging, pieces of pie will be on sale. We are all looking forward to tasting the fruits of our Colorado summer.

Enjoy Glenwood’s Downtown Market, located at Ninth and Grand Avenue from 4 p.m. ’til dusk every Tuesday through September.

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