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Enjoy good old-fashioned food from farms, gardens

Sharill HawkinsGlenwood's Downtown MarketGlenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Contributed photoThis still life of fresh vegetables includes purple kohlrabi, red potatoes, carrots, tomatillos and green beans.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Do you remember pulling parsnips, salsify, kohlrabi or turnips from your grandmother’s garden? Or picking nutritious lamb’s quarters or purslane from the field and cooking with fresh garlic and spring onions? Some of these vegetables and greens are not in the grocery store because of their short shelf life or their strange look. Maybe you have memories of picking fresh raspberries and currants or digging new potatoes to cook with the first peas of the summer. Home gardens and farmers’ markets are bringing back the tastes of childhood . Our Michael Pollan Food Rule of this week is No. 2: “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” He explains, “Today’s foods are processed in ways designed to get us to buy and eat more by pushing our evolutionary buttons … our preference for sweetness, fat and salt. The great-grandma rule will help keep most of these items out of your cart.”This time of the summer at the market there is an abundance of varieties of tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and greens. You’ll find peaches, plums, blackberries, raspberries, apricots and early apples. There are white and purple kohlrabi and green okra, baby corn and roasted peppers. Home chef and gardener Mike McCallum will be preparing some of the market’s vegetables in the cooking demonstration tent at 6 p.m. McCallum will be cooking a summer vegetable ratatouille and an easy chicken piccata. At 5:30 p.m., the newly formed duo After Midnight will perform jazz classics, pop, contemporary and R&B selections for music lovers. Vocalist Roberta Lewis and guitarist Ken Wiencek have performed together for more than 20 years with their rock band, The Sirens. Our music sponsor this week is Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse.We want to let all the pie bakers know that our second annual Pie Baking Contest will be held during the Aug. 21 market. The three categories are fruit, cream and exotic. The pies should be delivered by 3:30 p.m. Judging will be at 4 p.m. with sales by the slice starting at 5 p.m.In the main market tent we are still offering double the value for WIC and EBT recipients. This program is made possible by funding from Garfield County and Slow Food Roaring Fork. Shoppers can use charge and debit cards to buy tokens that may be used as cash with all of our vendors, thanks to Alpine Bank.In the market booth you will find market aprons, dish towels and bags with local artist Mary Noone’s colorful market image. New this week are “farm to market” magnets. A few copies of Eugenia Bone’s book “Mycophilia” are also in the market booth. Market gift certificates may be purchased for friends and family.Bank of Colorado on the southwest corner of Ninth and Grand is offering its parking lot for market customers. We want to thank the bank and our other market neighbors, Sunlight Sports, Anderson Clothing, White River National Forest and FCI for their cooperation this summer.Colorado Mountain College has provided the market with a display window on Grand Avenue.Glenwood’s Downtown Market takes place from 4 p.m. to dusk Tuesdays in Centennial Park at Ninth and Grand.


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