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Cheese and wine at the market

Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The corner of Ninth and Grand on Tuesday afternoons this summer has been a place for neighbors to visit, talk about what’s for dinner and enjoy Glenwood Springs in the late afternoon and evening. This Tuesday we’ve got the perfect pairing of cheese and wine to enjoy with your neighbors.

Wendy Mitchell, owner of Avalanche Cheese Co., will be our chef for this Tuesday’s cooking demonstration. In 2006, Wendy sold her small restaurant company in Houston. She spent a year living in Europe taking cheese-making classes and interning on farms. After returning to the Roaring Fork Valley, she realized there was not a dependable source of milk for the volume of cheese that she wanted to produce. She and her husband decided to invest in a small farm in Paonia, where they could raise goats and set up a dairy. Wendy found that the community of Paonia had the willingness to help a “city girl” with a vision. Wendy spent most of 2008 learning about raising dairy goats and farming. She set up a milking parlor in Paonia and a creamery in Basalt. Avalanche Farm’s mission is to raise the healthiest, happiest goats for the production of superior artisanal cheeses. The goats are raised in a humane way, in a beautiful environment with the freedom to run and graze in pastures. Wendy’s product line ranges from pasteurized fresh cheeses to raw milk, aged and hard cheeses including a lemon honey truffle spread and a goat blue cheese. Wendy’s cooking demonstration begins at 6 p.m. She has a booth at the market for the full season and offers samples of all her cheese products.

Woody Creek Cellars is at the market for its fifth season. Its artisan wines are the perfect fit with Wendy’s cheeses. Woody Creek Cellar’s wines are handmade in small batches, without added sulfites, clarifiers or preservatives. These natural unfiltered wines mirror our Colorado climate. The hot days and cold nights produce grapes with complex flavors and unexpected depth. The winery is located in Austin, Colorado, using grapes collected from the Western Slope. Stop by, sit in the shade under their tent and enjoy wine tasting.



Fourteen-year-old Ethan Griggs is our headliner at 5:30 p.m. this Tuesday, playing modern alternative rock. Ethan grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and is now a theatre major at the Denver School of the Arts. He continues to explore his passion for music by performing at different venues around the metro area including Swallow Hill. We welcome him back to the valley.

The produce vendors continue to bring bushels of produce to the market. My pick for last week was the kohlrabi from Osage Gardens. It’s an alien looking vegetable with a taste from my past growing up in Iowa. It can be eaten raw with your favorite dip or it is great stir fried in olive oil and herbs.



PaperWise will be in the city parking lot adjacent to the Forest Service from 4-7 p.m. this Tuesday to shred your unwanted/outdated personal or business documents. The cost is $10 per office file box. Some of the items you should shred are tax documents seven or more years old, bank statements, medical records, cancelled or blank checks, credit card statements or solicitations. You don’t have to remove paper clips or staples. All shredded paper is then recycled.

The market’s “Summer of Love” tent is having a recycled art contest at the Aug. 25 market. It will be the wrap-up celebration for recycling “The Summer of Love” after 40 years. Using only recycled materials lets your imagination run wild and think green. Amateurs and professional artists are invited to participate, and prizes will be awarded for local favorites. Pieces can be for sale. Contest deadline is 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at the market.

Don’t forget to stop by the Downtown Market booth to sign up for the weekly giveaway basket full of market produce. The market is able to accept debit cards, EBTs and WIC vouchers.


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