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Downtown Market offers panna cotta, Frog & Toad

Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Downtown Market

On Tuesday, Glenwood’s Downtown Market will welcome the fast approaching first day of summer with the creativity and dedicated work of its vendors, musicians and chefs. I was impressed at the first market of the season last Tuesday by the new ideas, inspired products and the assortment of early season produce.

Donna Roberts comes to Glenwood’s Downtown Market from Rifle. This is Donna’s second season at our market. She will be bringing her natural soap products. Her soaps are beautifully packaged with scents of summer such as English garden, lavender lemongrass and lavender mint, plus many more. New this year are soaps that look like beautiful cupcakes ready for a special party. They are perfect for a baby shower, wedding shower or girl’s night out gifts.

Colorado Mountain Honey is back at the market this year. Melissa Adams and her husband Derrick Maness are also from Rifle. This week they will treat market-goers by bringing some of their bees to the market. Many people never get a chance to see inside a bee’s hive. Come watch the bees in an observation hive and see if you can find the queen bee.

While you are at their market booth try free samples of their varieties of local honey. Their bees are located in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Redstone and this year they have added new locations in the Grand Valley. Their honey will add a healthy sweetness to your desserts.

At 5:30 p.m. in the cooking demonstration tent, Bryce Orblom, chef de cuisine of Carbondale’s new restaurant, Town, will be preparing a mouthwatering summer dessert. He will make a buttermilk panna cotta with macerated summer fruits and basil whipped cream. Don’t miss tasting this delicious treat.

My cookbook pick this week is the third in a series of cookbooks by Yvette Van Boven, this one is titled “Home Made Summer.” Yvette’s cookbook is as inspiring as a night at the market. The recipes are coupled with photos, stories and illustrations.

Our musicians this week are Frog and Toad. Kileen Granata (Frog) and Dylan Fixmer (Toad) live in Rifle. Frog and Toad met playing a gig in Ceder Rapids, Iowa, in the summer of 2011 and have been inseparable ever since. With Frog’s voice and eclectic musical skills and Toad’s composing and instrumental artistry the two entertain audiences and share their love of folk and Americana music.

The music will start at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. Our music sponsor this week is a la carte, a colorful Glenwood Springs boutique.

Stop by the market tent to try some of the Colorado products we are offering, including cheesecakes in a jar, salted caramel brandy sauce from Westwood Farms, Tacie’s salsa and Orchard Valley’s heirloom balsamic vinegar.

If you wish to use your credit and debit cards for purchases, come to the market tent. We will issue market tokens to spend with our vendors.

Parking in the new parking structure at 9th and Cooper makes it easy to visit the market. Come visit with friends and neighbors and enjoy the early summer treats at Glenwood’s Downtown Market from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.,Tuesday, in Centennial Park, Ninth and Grand Ave.

Thanks to all of you who helped the first market of the season to be a great success.

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