Glenwood Downtown Market opens Tuesday
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The Glenwood Downtown Market started seven years ago on the first day of summer. Now, seven years later, the market will once again open on June 21, this Tuesday.
The market will start with a true summer celebration of fresh produce, artisan wares, gourmet and hot foods, wine, music, food demonstrations and gardening talks. The familiar faces of our farmers will greet everyone with the colors of summer, fresh snap peas, assortments of herbs and greens.
The Downtown Market runs from 4 p.m. to dusk on Tuesday, rain or shine, in Centennial Park at Ninth and Grand Avenue. The market will continue for 15 weeks, ending Sept. 27.
Osage Gardens, Z’s Orchard, Early Morning Farm and Borden Farms will be in the market again this year, with larger booth spaces and expanded selections of fresh produce.
The first market of the season will bring other vendors that will interest the home gardener. Glenwood Springs Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale. A master gardener will be at the booth to offer advice about planting and care of the annuals and perennials for sale. The Glenwood Springs Garden Club celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, making it the oldest nonprofit club in Glenwood Springs.
Near the plant sale, local artist Ann Kurz Chambers will be signing her latest book, “Colorado Wildflowers, Montane Zone.” The book is a compilation of all the wildflowers that Chambers has located on her 35 acres near Glenwood Springs. She has documented each flower’s typical habitat and created a detailed watercolor painting of each flower.
The city of Glenwood Springs will also be at the market offering free tree seedlings.
Everyone will be tempted to take home at least one plant for their own home garden.
At 5:30 p.m., North Fork Valley musicians Andrea Lecos and Cory Obert, of the group Hard Pressed, will make their first appearance in Glenwood Springs. Hard Pressed is a marriage of two lives, of a fiddle and a banjo, of pure harmonies both in life and in song. They play a mix of old time Appalachian string music, traditional Irish fiddle tunes, waltzes and original songs that sound like classics. Little River Ranch is this week’s music sponsor.
At 6 p.m. in the cooking demo tent, I’ll be cooking with the fresh summer herbs and discussing the use of dried and fresh herbs. Follow the smell of the herbs to the new location of the cooking tent in the park.
The Property Shop has teamed up with Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast to bring a great lineup of chefs for cooking demonstrations at the market this season. There will be a different demonstration every week.
At 7 p.m., a new market feature starts, the “Let’s Talk Dirt” garden talk, in the same tent as the cooking demonstration. This week, since we’re cooking with herbs, we’ll talk about growing herbs.
While visiting the market this summer, follow the progress as a new garden is built in Centennial Park. The market, along with others in the community, will be completing a memorial garden in honor of past market board member Rona Chorman. If you would like to see the garden plans, stop by the market booth.
In the market booth, as in past seasons, vinegars and olive oils from Orchard Valley Farms in Paonia and a colorful assortment of oilcloths and jams from Westwood Farms are on offer. Sign up for the Downtown Market’s weekly newsletter and for a giveaway bag of fresh market products.
The market booth also provides tokens for credit and debit cards to spend with all the markets vendors. Ebts and WIC vouchers are also accepted at the Tuesday market. This year, Slow Food Roaring Fork is doubling the value of the WIC vouchers for the market.
Come join your friends, neighbors and visitors to our community at Glenwood’s Downtown Market. Find the freshest early summer produce while enjoying local art, music and and a hot meal.
Visit the Downtown Market website for events and information, including a list of local sponsors for the 2011 season, at http://www.glenwoodmarket.com. And “Like” us on Facebook.
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Policy that dictates what for-profit activities should be officially sanctioned within Glenwood Springs parks is being reviewed by city staff and will likely come before the city council for final approval later this summer.