Last Downtown Market of the season is this Tuesday |

Last Downtown Market of the season is this Tuesday

Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood's Downtown Market
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Tuesday, Sept. 27, will be the last Glenwood Downtown Market for 2011.

The Three Dog Night song, “One is the Loneliest Number,” comes to mind with only one market left for the season. Tuesdays just won’t be as good anymore after the market ends for the season.

Centennial Park at Ninth and Grand Avenue, on the other hand, has a new look thanks to a newly installed memorial garden and decorative fence.

When the Glenwood Downtown Market started seven years ago, the organizers pledged to add an enhancement to the downtown. The market was started, in part, to revitalize the downtown core.

Now the market, with the help of Nathan Stowe of Blue Oak Studios, David Brown of Full Moon Enterprises, community donations and many volunteer work hours, has added a garden and beautiful fence to the east side of Centennial Park. There are plans to add a bench and water feature. Additional plantings will frame the new mural that will be installed on the side of the Anderson building.

The garden is a memorial garden for Rona Chorman, an original board member for the market. A donors plaque will be added to the fence in the near future. Donations can still be made for further garden additions. Look for the garden donors and market sponsors lists in our email newsletters and in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

We want to thank all the marketgoers who tried the soups offered at the annual soup contest on Sept. 21. The soups were prepared by nine local restaurants: Chomps, Route 6, The Riviera, Haute Plate Bistro, The Pullman, Juicy Lucy’s, Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub, the Double Dog and Peppo Nino’s. Colleen Stuart, owner of the Riviera Restaurant, helped the market recruit all the participants this year. It was the perfect September evening for soup.

This week, chefs Jason Porter and Tom Swanson from Good Health Deli and Downtown Market will be preparing some of their signature salads. Their kale salad is a favorite at the deli. Look for them in the cooking demonstration tent at 6 p.m.

When the markets are over for the season, and you are looking for the local produce and products that you find at the farmers market, stop by Good Health on Cooper Avenue. Steve Swanson from Good Health is carrying many local farm products.

Cook a la Carte also displays balsamic vinegars and olive oils that are sold at the market. Customers can email the market at to receive our vendors contact information. The Saturday Farmer’s Market in the Rite-aid parking lot will continue through October. We are lucky in the valley to be able to have so many options for finding fresh and locally produced foods.

When buying produce at the market this week, think about how to preserve some fruits and vegetables for the winter. At the market information tent we have more signed copies of Eugenia Bone’s book, “Well-Preserved…Recipes and Techniques for Putting up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods.”

Bone takes the mystery out of canning, pickling and freezing foods. You don’t have to buy a bushel of tomatoes or apples to make salsa or apple sauce. You can buy smaller amounts of a variety of fruits and vegetables to preserve by the method of your choice.

Local musicians, Lorraine and Craig Curry with Acoustic Mayhem will close out the market this Tuesday from 5:30 till dusk in the music tent. The music sponsor this week is Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Join friends and neighbors from 4 p.m. till dusk on Tuesday for the last Glenwood Downtown Market for 2011. It’s been a summer celebration of local organic foods, cooking demonstrations, music, non-profit information, pie and soups contests and artisans.

Thank you, Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley, for all your interest and support of the market. Now the Glenwood’s Downtown Market crew will spend their time making plans for next year.

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