Glenwood Springs Saturday farmers market in its 24th year of selling fresh foods
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The crepes are savory or sweet. Palisade peaches are fresh from the orchard. And beef brisket is smoked onsite.Every Saturday during the summer and fall, the Glenwood Springs Farmers Market delivers fresh and local fare.”It’s a fun one,” said Jim Souza, owner of the market’s new Just Crepes stand. “Everyone’s really nice, and I’ve got a good following.”Souza’s favorite crepe to prepare, and eat, features fresh produce from Western Slope growers.”Right now it’s got to be Palisade peaches and cream,” he said. “That’s how peaches should taste.”
Colorado homegrown peaches, apples, onions, tomatoes and salad greens are just a taste of what the market offers each Saturday. The market – located at 15th Street and Grand Avenue – also sells old-fashioned kettle corn, fresh breads and pastas, farm-fresh eggs and organic cheeses.”We’re now entering our 24th year, with four of the farms having been there since the first year,” Alicia Kuhns said.Kuhns’ parents, Ken and Gail Kuhns, run the Peach Valley Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm in Silt, and have been a staple at the Glenwood Springs Farmers Market since its inception. DeVries Farms in Grand Junction, Fort Farms in Palisade, Mesa Forge & Farm in Silt and Colorado Homestead Ranches, out of Paonia, are also longtime vendors each Saturday.
Jacque McMillan, owner of Sunshine Travel in Glenwood Springs, took time on a recent Saturday to support the market and buy local.”I’m picking up some tomatoes and onions,” she said.McMillan recommended Colorado Homestead Ranches for the selection of all-natural beef, chicken, pork, elk, lamb and buffalo.”Once you try their meats you won’t go back,” she said.Live music – on this particular Saturday by Glenwood bluegrass musicians Don and April Paine – adds to the market’s festive atmosphere.”A lot of the vendors are musicians themselves,” Souza said.
Smiles and laughter aren’t hard to come by as marketgoers enjoy live music while loading up on fruits and vegetables. Along with Western Colorado growers, vendors such as Simply Magnetic therapeutic jewelers, a Paonia-based business, are on hand.”There are some new craft and food vendors that have joined the market this year,” Alicia Kuhns said.With a colorful array of locally grown vegetables in season, Kuhns suggests a trip to the Saturday market before winter arrives.”The original founders are trying to promote their fruit and other produce to the tourist population and local residents as much as possible before the summer ends,” she said.The Glenwood Springs Farmers Market runs through the first two weeks of November.
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