Grill thrills at the Glenwood Downtown Market tonight |

Grill thrills at the Glenwood Downtown Market tonight

Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Courtesy photoTonight at the Glenwood Downtown Market there will be a cooking demonstration featuring Crystal River Grass-Fed Beef. The demonstration is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Today is the fourth Glenwood Downtown Market of the summer. This week at Ninth and Grand, we’ll be celebrating summer by featuring grilling ideas, refreshing drinks, art activities for the kids and “cool” music performers.

The 6 p.m. cooking demonstration will feature Crystal River Grass-Fed Beef. They will be grilling all beef kabobs, a side of vegetables and a choice of dipping sauces for you to sample. Crystal River Meats is a small, family-owned and -operated company located in the Roaring Fork Valley. They have been raising grass-fed beef for 10 years locally. The Jacober family has found that customers want to know where their beef comes from and how it was raised. Crystal River Meats’ cows are fed only their mom’s milk and grass. They are free of antibiotics and hormones. This is their first year to sell at the Tuesday market.

Also new at the market this year is a combined booth of two businesses, “Leslie’s Bazura Shop” by Leslie Way and “Memories by Design” by Irma Sanic. Leslie’s Bazura Shop features bags and accessories created by women in the Philippines, Vietnam and India. The items are made of preconsumer scrap and post consumer “trash.” The efforts made by these women have had a positive impact on their communities and encourage environmentalism. Their communities profit from the sale of each item.

Irma’s business is two-fold. She is an experienced photographer and also a certified infant massage instructor. Her unique photography and handmade photo book packages are displayed at the market.

Leslie and Irma came to the market board with the idea of offering a “Kid’s Korner” craft area at the market. Now, for $1, children 4-9 years old can spend 10-20 minutes making jewelry, crafts and “Kritters” while their parents shop at the market. The new addition is located in the southwest corner of the park.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. The Rat Pack, sponsored by The Property Shop, will be performing till dusk. The Rat Pack Singers will be singing their “Frank Sinatra Era” songs. Each performer brings their own musical style to classics like “My Way,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “New York, New York” and also hits by Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall.

Our produce selections just keep expanding with the warmer weather. Early peaches, juicy cherries, and beautiful bouquets of zinnias and lavender are a hit from Z’s Orchards. Clark Family Orchard is promising Olathe Sweet corn this Tuesday. Borden Farms, Osage Gardens and Delicious Orchards booths are overflowing with onions, beets, chard, peas, summer squash and herb plants.

In the heat of the market last week my “pick of the market” was the iced coffee from Back Alley Coffee. Back Alley Coffee is a local micro-roaster. Steve’s motto is “Let our passion for coffee become yours.” Next to Back Alley Coffee at the market are Carter Colia’s snow cones, also a treat in the heat.

Several market goers have asked who organizes the market. Five years ago, a group of women, interested in bringing the community together in Glenwood’s downtown, began planning the market. They envisioned a market that the community and visitors could enjoy on an evening during the week. Now there are nine of us who meet weekly all through the year to plan and prepare for the summer. We do the legwork, but it wouldn’t be possible without all our great vendors, market customers and community sponsors, including a grant from the city of Glenwood Springs’ tourism promotion fund. Visit our website at to see our other generous sponsors. Visit our market booth at the west end of the park to get to know us.

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