Good pickings at Downtown Market |

Good pickings at Downtown Market

April E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A stroll through the Glenwood Downtown Market is a feast for the eyes – and stomach.Handpicked red cherries fill a basket at the Z’s Orchard stand.Flour-dusted, fresh-baked breads line the table of Will Kogler’s European bakery booth.Flavorful yellow lemon olive oil invites dipping of bread into a sample dish at the Glenwood Downtown Market’s tent.The market opened June 19, and runs every Tuesday through Sept. 25 in Centennial Park in downtown Glenwood Springs. Opening night was busy, co-organizer Sharill Hawkins said.”People were ready,” said Hawkins, donning one of the market’s new cooking aprons featuring market artwork by Mary Noone. “It’s almost like the garage sale season, when people go early and wait for them to open.”Much of the produce sold at the market isn’t in yet, but Hawkins said to expect more around the fourth week of July.”Growers will double by mid-July,” she said.

Harry Bates doesn’t have to wait for his product to ripen.Bates, the owner of Hometown Jerky in Silt, dries up enough beef to keep customers coming back for more at the market and local summer festivals such as Strawberry Days and Mountain Fair. His homemade jerky comes spiced mild and hot.”There’s a lot more to making jerky than people think,” he said. “It takes about 20 hours. I start out with 80 pounds of meat and end up with 20 pounds of dried jerky.”From Bates’ jerky and Colorado’s Woody Creek Cellars wine to henna tattoos and balsamic vinegar bottled in Paonia, the market offers up a little something for everyone.Even music.The Last Minute String Band entertained the small crowd of browsers and shoppers. This week music by The Currys fills Centennial Park from 5 p.m. to dusk.The city of Glenwood Springs joined in the ecofriendly event by handing out free Austrian and Scotch pines.And what about the ever-popular peaches from Palisade? Z’s Orchard said to be patient. They’ll be ripe for picking soon.

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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