Downtown Market features food safety advisors |

Downtown Market features food safety advisors

Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoJane Cigrand of Emma with her recycled grain bags. She will be selling bags at the Downtown Market through July.

The Glenwood Downtown Market is bursting with color this season. Chartreuse greens, red cherries and purple cauliflower draw you to the produce vendors tables.

A new artisan showing work during the first five weeks of the market, Jane Cigrand, has brightened a spot in the park with her recycled grain bags. Cigrand’s uses nonbiodegradable grain sacks to created all-purpose tote bags. Colorful images, many of animals and flowers, are brought to life with Jane’s sewing and design skills. The bags now have a use that will keep them from the landfill.

My pick of the week is Paula Troobnick’s curry chicken salad with grapes. Paula has been at the market the past two seasons selling her basil salad dressing. This year she is also serving salads. Troobnick is still bottling her great basil salad dressing, with the addition of a new smaller picnic size bottle. Find Troobnick’s booth in the hot food area of the market, along with vendors offering crepes, Greek food, German food, fish tacos, tamales and soup.

If you decide to eat at the market, pick out your favorite and at 5:30 p.m., enjoy your meal while listening to local favorite Frank Martin performing his original music. Martin has a unique and masterful style on the electric and acoustic guitars as well as mandolin, slide and lap guitars. Sit in the shade and enjoy the entertainment. The Noone Law Firm is this week’s music sponsor.

At 6 p.m. in the food demonstration tent, the Master Food Safety Advisors will be discussing food safety and food preservation techniques. Trained through a state program from Colorado State University, they will be able to answer questions and give suggestions on how to preserve the flavors of the market after the growing season is over.

Following their talk, Tom Rumery of Osage Gardens will be the speaker for the “Let’s Talk Dirt” garden talk at 7 p.m. in the cooking tent. Rumery will discuss how to grow the best varieties of tomatoes in Colorado.

Osage Gardens has expanded its produce booth this year. Many herb plants, a full line of locally made Avalanche goat cheeses and fresh eggs are available.

Stop by the Downtown Market booth to participate in the Frontier Historical Society’s scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt uses the society’s 2011 calendar, filled with photos of architectural details from many of our historic downtown buildings. Wander around downtown from Seventh to 10th streets on Grand and Cooper avenues to identify the buildings.

Pick up your calendar and entry form, fill out the form and return it to the market booth or to the Frontier Museum later in the week. The calendars are $6, and the proceeds support the Frontier Historical Society and Museum. Entry forms that have all correct answers will be placed in a drawing for prizes later this year.

The Downtown Market booth will have a large selection of oilcloths this week to brighten up your home, an outdoor eating area or your next picnic. We can take special orders. Come see the oilcloth table cloths, tote bags and aprons. New to the market booth offerings are dish towels printed by Linda Drake with artist Mary Noone’s market painting.

Come by the market booth with any questions about the market. It’s also the place to get market tokens with your charge or debit card.

On Ninth Street there will be a large sandwich board listing all the market sponsors and a list of all the music, cooking demos and garden talks for the summer, so you won’t miss your favorite musician or a great recipe from a local chef. Please thank all the sponsors that have made it possible to continue the market for seven years. This information is also online at

Come by the market this Tuesday to see what’s new, find that prefect fruit or vegetable and visit with friends. Relax, learn and enjoy!

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