Glenwood Springs Downtown Market begins on Tuesday
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – To Nancy Page, the point of the Glenwood Springs Downtown Market isn’t just fresh fruit and vegetables. It’s connection.
That might sound like a lofty goal for a small market in a small town. But perhaps that’s exactly what has kept it going. Now in its fourth season, the market returns Tuesday and brings with it a crazy quilt of produce, craft and food booths, as well as cooking demos and live bands. “To me, it’s a little party every week,” said Page, the manager. “It’s so great to see the same people every week.”The spark of the idea behind this began years ago, when Page was out in California visiting family. There, in the little town of Grass Valley, she stumbled upon an exciting scene. Its farmers market was a happening place, where all walks of people came to together to shoot the breeze – not just shop. “It was obviously fun,” she said. “People were going there, and yes, they were buying their fruits and veggies, but they were having fun.”For her, it was an eye-opener.”I wanted that for Glenwood,” she remembered.
So, upon returning here, she set decided to create it. On her own, it was slow going, but after joining seven other locals, she was able to eventually help put on a small market. What she described a “grass-roots effort” slowly grew to include many sponsors, new vendors and such. While, over the last few years, it has grown into quite an event, she feels it hasn’t lost the unique, homespun heart she going for.”A lot of vendors say our market is different,” she said.This season, like those of the past, market-goers can munch on Bavarian food from Andy’s Ice Carving, get a back massage from a local therapist and take home a few bottles of wine. Brand new features include a vendor selling Alaskan fish and organic beef, a garden center offering plants, and a local jeweler peddling his opal wares. Near the end of September, the market will close with a soup cook-off, sporting dishes from a dozen nearby restaurants.Though Page cautioned there might be a slow start to this season’s produce, she was still jazzed. There’s a simple reason why she and so many others flock to this, week after week, year after year.”I love the market,” she said. “It’s a labor of love for all of us.”Contact Stina Sieg: firstname.lastname@example.org
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