Downtown Market hosts pie contest, sells pie by the slice |

Downtown Market hosts pie contest, sells pie by the slice

Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood's Downtown Market
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood’s Downtown Market’s second annual Pie Contest is Tuesday, Aug. 21. This is your chance to use one of Michael Pollan’s Food Rules in your kitchen and share your pie baking success.

Pollan’s food rule No. 45: “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.”

He explains, “There is nothing wrong with eating sweets, including pies. But food manufacturers have made hard-to-make treats so cheap that we’re eating them every day. Enjoy these treats as often as you’re willing to prepare them. Chances are it won’t be every day.”

Deliver your pies by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to Centennial Park, Ninth and Grand in downtown Glenwood Springs. The three pie categories are fruit, cream and exotic/specialty.

The judging, by nine qualified pie eaters, will start at 4 p.m. Entries will be given points for appearance, taste, crust and texture. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third in each group and a grand prize winning pie will also be selected.

At 5 p.m., the pies will be served to pie lovers for $3 per slice. We know that Pollan would approve of everyone having a delicious piece of homemade pie.

At 5:30 p.m. you may want to sit and enjoy your dessert while listening to the music of Brad Manosevitz and the Flying Tourettes of Berzerkerstan. Manosevitz’s music is an eclectic mix of originals, West Texas folk rock, bluegrass, Americana and classic rock. Our music sponsor this week is Balcomb and Green.

In 2009, Manosevitz teamed up with longtime supporter Chris Klug. Klug is a pro snowboarder and organ donor recipient. The Chris Klug Foundation is dedicated to promoting lifesaving donations and improving the quality of life for donors, donor families, organ transplant candidates and recipients. Manosevitz uses his music to introduce audiences to this important cause.

If you are inspired by the array of pies in the pie contest and ready to bake one for yourself, the fruit is at its best at the market. Z’s Orchard has pie cherries already pitted to fill your pie crust. Both Z’s and Early Morning Farm have early varieties of apples. Early Morning Farm is offering many types of plums. Peaches are available from all the fruit vendors.

New to the market this season is Noosa Yoghurt. Their Aussie-style yogurt is made in small batches and infused with honey. It has a smooth velvety texture. Seasonal fruit purees are added to the rich yogurt.

Joining the market again for the second half of the summer is Bill O’Leary. His beautiful bunches of gladiolas are available in a rainbow of vibrant colors.

Carol Mueller, the Lavender Lady, has also joined the market for the rest of the summer. Mueller is offering her signature lavender cookies. Her display includes several new products, including a lavender margarita mix and collection of recipes using lavender, “Spike it with Lavender,” by Lida Lafferty.

Join in the fun this week at Glenwood’s Downtown Market, “Celebrating Downtown Changes, A Sense of Community, Local Food, Art and don’t forget, pie.”

The market takes place from 4 p.m. to dusk Tuesdays in Centennial Park at Ninth and Grand in downtown Glenwood Springs through Sept. 25.

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