Farmers Market returns to downtown – bigger and better |

Farmers Market returns to downtown – bigger and better

Glenwood Springs’ Downtown Farmers Market is set to start up again this summer with longer hours, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and much more.The market, in and next to Centennial Park at Grand Avenue and Ninth Street, runs every Tuesday from June 20 to Sept. 26, and is open from 4 p.m. to dusk.Local and regional vegetable and fruit growers will be on hand. There are two new produce vendors this year, Rancho Durazno from Palisade and Abundant Life Organic Farms from Hotchkiss. “Z’s Orchard will be back with their wonderful produce and their beautiful flowers, and Okagawa’s and Early Morning Orchard (the “Plum Dude”) will be returning as well,” said market organizer Jan Harr. Lite Tracks will offer range fed meat, chicken and elk as well as wild salmon and halibut.Wine from Woody Creek Cellars will be on sale this year, and shoppers will be able to taste as well as buy.Besides quality produce and vegetables, the market will also feature a variety of craft booths. Craft booth applications are still being accepted. Call 618-7842 for more information or an application.”Our hot food vendors from last year will be back with others,” Harr said. “8th Street Deli, The Maple Table, and Cafe Corner will all be serving hot food and pastries. Yer Mom’s Lemonade will be selling lemonade and iced tea. And the Market Board will be doing roasted corn again this year. Home Town Jerky will be back as well as Bonjour Bakery with all of that heavenly bread.”Music will also be featured each week with The Last Minute String Band, kicking off the season June 20. Other musical acts include the Currys, Steve Schute and Friends, Lisa Russo and The Derringers.The downtown Business Association will have a booth featuring a different Glenwood Springs retailer each week.On the Fourth of July there will be a special concert by the Sirens, formerly the Sirens of Swing, a long-time band and harmonious singers, from 5-7 p.m.”We’ll also give away a basket of produce each week and people can register for the drawing,” said organizer Nancy Page said. Winners will take home a 1/4-bushel basket of produce, a canvas shopping bag from the market board and other goodies from the downtown merchants.Cooking demonstrations by local chefs will also be featured each week. Shoppers will be able to take home copies of the recipes.”Market Shoppers are invited to submit entries for the Cookie Contest to be held the second week of the season, June 27,” Harr said. Entries must include 3 dozen cookies and the recipe and must be received at the market by 4 p.m.The summer markets end on Sept. 26 with a soup cookoff that all will be invited to sample.”The traveling trophy will again be awarded to Glenwood’s most worthy soup maker and, as last year, we’ll have plenty of music, plenty of soup, and we’ll buy enough bowls this time! Proceeds will again benefit Cooper Corner Adult Day Care Facility at the United Methodist Church,” Harr said.On the first Tuesday of the month, beginning on July 4, downtown business owners will hold a “Stroll-n’-Shop” event, with merchandise out on the sidewalks and special sales.”Our little market will extend throughout the downtown on those Tuesdays,” Harr said.To find out more about the market and for weekly updates, Harr has an “e-zine,” or email-magazine, with a list of vendors, the weekly music schedule and chef-of-the-week. Send an email to and ask to be put on the list. The newsletter is published every Monday.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext.

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