Downtown Market column: Don’t forget vegetables when grilling this summer |

Downtown Market column: Don’t forget vegetables when grilling this summer

Pam Atencio won this year's Fabulously Majestic Mac and Cheese Contest.
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Can you believe it’s already mid July? We must be having a lot of fun, because time is certainly flying by. Our balmy summer market evenings have been just delightful with great music, yummy fresh produce, and great hot foods served up. And there is lots more to come.

Summer means grilling, but don’t forget your veggies. Grilling an array of vegetables is a delightful way to enjoy the bounty of our gardens and farmers markets. An easy marinade made with balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper and garlic powder will spark up the flavor of your squash, carrots, onions, asparagus and zucchini. Simply marinate for 30 minutes and then grill on medium high heat.

Paired with your grilled meat, fish or chicken and a nice big green salad with fresh tomatoes, you will create smiles all around. I want to try some of Early Morning Orchard’s big fresh tomatoes brushed with some olive oil and garlic and then quickly grill 3-5 minutes on one side and 3 minutes on the other side. Then you serve them with some sprinkled parmigiano-reggiano cheese on top — scrumptious.

Add a beautiful fresh bouquet from Z’s Orchard to your summer table, and it will be a hit. Shop at our market booth for some gorgeous oil cloth table cloths to brighten your table, and you will think you are a regular Martha Stewart.

Speaking of scrumptious, we have a new hot food vendor: Munch. Two enterprising young men, Alex Thomas and Steve Benko, are offering up tasty sandwiches. Last week they were offering a meatball parmesan sandwich and a grilled cheese. They also have iced coffee from the Rock Canyon Coffee Roasters. Alex and Steve work at Aspen Ski Co. in the winter and were inspired from winter guests looking for good, fast, hot food. We are happy to welcome them into our market. Stop by and see what tasty sandwiches they will have ready for you to Munch on. And they are the nicest guys to talk to.

Starting at 5:30, this week’s music will be Callie Angel and Wade Waters. These two have performed together as a country-pop duo for over a decade and are well-known around our valley for their talented singing and picking. Music in our little park just makes our markets so lively, and you can actually feel the good vibes bouncing around. Our music sponsors this week are Bay Equity Loans and Comfort Dental. Special thanks to Mike Picore and Dr. Michael Shea.

In the cooking demo tent, Calder Morrison from Carbondale Beer Works will be doing his cooking demo at 5 p.m. Our cooking demos are sponsored weekly by The Pullman and Town. Be inspired by these great chefs who bring their creations to our market for you to see and taste.

Thank you for the great entries for our second annual Fabulously Majestic Mac & Cheese Contest. Our winner was Pam Atencio with her incredible Gruyere mac’n cheese. We want to especially thank our three judges: Mike Picore from Bay Equities, Bobbie Moross and Steven Vanderleest. It was a tough job, but they managed to do it well.

Mark your calendars for our pie contest coming up Aug. 2. Remember how I mentioned about summer zooming by? I say start making some pies now to try out on your friends and family so you will have the perfect pie recipe ready for the contest. I promise they won’t mind. Everyone loves pie.

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