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Glenwood Market makes its debut in Sayre Park

Carla Jean Whitley
cj@postindependent.com
There’s nothing like eating a peach picked only days — or even hours — before you bite into it. With farmers markets spread throughout the valley, it’s easy to make that a reality. The first opens tonight in Glenwood Springs, and others throughout the area begin soon. Shop with the seasons at these area farmers markets.Basalt Sunday Market Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18-Oct. 1 Adjacent to Lions Park on Midland Spur Road basaltsundaymarket.comCarbondale Farmers Market Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14-Sept. 27 Main and Fourth streets carbondalefarmers
market.comGlenwood Market Tuesdays, 4-8 p.m. June 13-Sept. 5 (except July 4) Sayre Park, 1702 Grand Ave. roaringforkevents.comGlenwood Springs Farmers Market Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Late June to November Rite Aid parking lot, 1412 Grand Ave.New Castle Community Market Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Beginning July 6 Burning Mountain Park, 450 W. Main St. newcastlecolorado.orgRedstone Fresh Fridays Fridays, 2:30-7 p.m. Beginning late June Redstone Company Store, 117 Redstone Blvd. redstonecolorado.comRifle Farmers Market Fridays, 4-8 p.m. June 23-Sept. 8 Heinze Park, 612 Railroad Ave. riflefarmersmarket.comSilt Farmers Market Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. Late June to October Silt Historical Park, 707 Orchard Ave. facebook.com/siltfarmersmarket

The new Glenwood Market started on a contemplative note Tuesday, with tai chi lessons provided by Providence Apothecary as early patrons arrived at Sayre Park. The park grew more crowded as working hours ended. Several vendors expect crowds to increase similarly throughout the summer.

“I think that you might as well take a chance because I believe in the markets. It’s a great location, a beautiful location. People like to come out in the evening and hear some music, have a drink and chill,” said Cowgirl Kettle Corn Owner Sylvia McLaughlin. “You’ve got to work through all the unknowns.”

The market runs 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday except Independence Day, through Sept. 5. It’s a fill in for the Glenwood Downtown Market, which went on hiatus this year. Emily Arredondo of Roaring Fork Events, which produced the event, said more growers will join the vendor ranks throughout the season.

“We understand the decision that the regular downtown board made to close” for 2017, said Roaring Fork Spice Co. co-founder Jennifer Dockery. “But it’s nice that there are people in this valley that can pick it up.”

Her husband and co-founder, Tony De Moraes, said it was too early to be sure about what the summer would bring, businesswise. There are pros and cons of being located in Sayre Park instead of downtown’s Centennial Park. But shade and space for live music are perks.

“It’s a very different vibe,” Dockery said. “I think it’s great to have it at the park.”

“It’s a little bit more of a destination. You have to drive and park,” he said. But on the flip side, drivers stuck in traffic during the Grand Avenue Bridge detour may see the market as a better way to spend time during the afternoon commute.

Cimarron Creek Essentials sales representative Megan Jorcke was also on hand for the market’s opening. It’s the company’s first market in the area.

“Since all her products are natural and organic, [Owner Tracy J. Reule] figured Glenwood Springs is a fit for that, since everybody is trying to reduce their carbon footprint,” Jorcke said of the Montrose-based company.

The market’s beer garden includes Slow Groovin’ BBQ’s food truck and Hey Beer Guy and benefits area nonprofits.

“We wanted to spread the love,” Arredondo said.

Glenwood Springs Historical Society was the first event’s beneficiary, with Roaring Fork Young Professionals and Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership also on the lineup. The event has room for one more nonprofit on its rotation.

See a complete schedule of bands and learn more about the event at glenwood.market.