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Colors of the market match colors of the season

Downtown Market
Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Warm colors of autumn in the sunny sunflowers from Z's Orchard.

The foliage around Glenwood Springs is changing to those autumn colors that cool nights and shorter days bring. Yellows, oranges and reds are also front and center at the Tuesday Downtown Market. The produce vendors are now offering gourds, pie pumpkins and sunflowers. It is often hard to see summer ending, but fall brings all the benefits of the harvest season.

The last few weeks of the farmers market is the time to buy larger quantities of items that could be preserved for the winter by canning, freezing or drying. All of the vendors are able to give suggestions on storing and preserving their produce. Osage Gardens has a recipe for basil pesto that you can make and freeze. I just finished filling several pint jars with basil pesto. The kitchen will smell like garlic and basil for a few days, and it will be wonderful to have that fresh basil smell this winter. At the market booth we have for sale the book “Well-Preserved” by Eugenia Bone. She emphasizes canning in small batches and includes recipes for using what you have canned.

Our chef for the market’s cooking demonstration this week will inspire you to prepare tasty and colorful dishes. Bob Fullerton of Desert Sky Creative Catering has worked in the restaurant business since high school. After working in Kansas City, Bob moved to Colorado in 1985 as the original food and beverage director of the Silver Tree Hotel in Snowmass. In 1992 he opened Desert Sky Restaurant in Carbondale featuring food of the great Southwest. He has studied with many of the fathers of Southwest cooking including Rick Bayless. Bob moved on from the restaurant and went into real estate and also started his catering business. Bob says, “I am driven by a passion to work with clients, to assist them in planning and putting together fun, exciting events while providing the best quality, creative and delicious food.” The food demonstration starts at 6 p.m., and Bob will prepare a seasonal treat, with southwestern influences.

Brad Manosevitz and The Flying Tourettes will get you warmed up if the temperature is cooler this Tuesday. This combo will entertain you with bluegrass to high-energy folk rock. They will begin their performance at 5:30 p.m. The market’s music sponsor, this week, is Uncle Pizza.

We would like to let you know about an event, “Farming and Feeding of Minds, Cultivate. Celebrate. A Tribute to Local Food.” The two-day event, Oct. 16 and 17, will be held at Divide Creek Farm near Silt. Participants can enjoy workshops aimed at inspiring area farmers and gardening enthusiasts. Presentations will be made by Joel Salatin, one of the heroes in “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and the movie “Food Inc.”; and also by Eliot Coleman, organic growing pioneer and author of “The New Organic Grower.” Chef Ryan Hardy will also be preparing a meal of locally grown, raised and produced food. For more information go to

Osage Gardens is at the market every week and has its CSA delivery available at the market. It will be opening the Osage Gardens Farm Store at the farm soon. The Farm Store will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Fresh, local, organic produce will be offered in the store. The farm is located between New Castle and Silt on the River Frontage Road.

Join all the market vendors this Tuesday, from 4 p.m. until dark in Centennial Park, Ninth and Grand Avenue. Remember to stop by the market booth to sign up for the weekly drawing. We will be giving away a basket of market products. For more information go to

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