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Eat like a locavore with the help of the Glenwood Springs Downtown Market

Downtown Market
Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The word “locavore” was the new “word of the year” in 2007 for the Oxford American Dictionary. The meaning of locavore is a person eating food that is from their local region. Much of our food now travels an average of 1,500 miles before we serve it to our families. Our challenge this week, at the Glenwood Downtown Market, is to help you find food, artisan items and entertainment within 100 miles of Glenwood Springs.

Our five produce vendors’ tables will be overflowing this week as more vegetables and fruits are available. We are seeing the first of the cherries from Palisade, in the booths of Z’s Orchards and Early Morning Orchards. Buy the cherries now for cherry pies or freeze them for a winter treat. Divide Creek Farm from Silt and Osage Gardens from New Castle are offering herb and vegetable plants for your gardens. The snap peas from Borden’s were a spring treat last week.

New to the market this season is Sunny Breeze Farm from Craig. The Petre family is offering sheep cheese, lamb meat and whey-fed pork. Joining the market again is Lite Tracks from New Castle with beef and pork. Stop by both of their booths for suggestions on preparing their meat products.

Tom Swanson, from Good Health Downtown Market and Deli, will be doing the cooking demo at 6 p.m. this Tuesday. Good Health provides an outlet for many foods produced in our surrounding area, year-round. Tom will be cooking with local ingredients from our market and their grocery store. The cooking demo is held on Ninth street in the booth nearest Grand Avenue.

Linda Drake and Donna McGinnis share an artisan’s booth in the park at the market. They are both local artists that have expanded their market booth. Linda’s artwork includes her bright and humorous artwork in several formats. She has T-shirts, dish towels, cards, journal books and much more. Her “locally grown” artwork says what the market is all about. New last week for Linda was my favorite new item at the market. Using recycled license plates Linda has made dogs, cats and angels, all with their own personalities. Donna makes beautiful bags all with a special purpose. Now she is featuring bags for men and women that can be used on a walker. Donna is always designing new items with her recycled fabric collection. Be sure not to miss all the vendors that are located in the park.

The Ute City Rangers will be the musical group for the evening of the 6th. Jim Hawkins of Glenwood Springs and Fred Hamilton from Gainesville Florida will be performing many original songs about the new and old west. The Ute City Rangers have one CD available with a second to be released in the fall. Their songs and style is definitely “homegrown.” This week’s music sponsor is the Springs Theatre.

Local stand-up comic April Clark will be stopping by for a short performance about 6:30 p.m. April is getting ready for a stand-up comic competition in Denver later in the month. She promises a few vegetable jokes.

Stop by the Downtown Market’s booth to sign up for the weekly basket of produce giveaway and remember we can now accept charge cards at the market. We can help you find local products from Palisade to Hotchkiss, all in that 100-mile radius to help you become a locavore at least for a couple of days a week. If you run short of local products during the week don’t forget to stop by the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Glenwood in the Rite Aid parking lot or take a look at what Good Health Grocery on Cooper has to offer.

See you on Tuesday, Centennial Park, Ninth and Grand from 4 p.m. till dusk. For more information go to

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