Glenwood Springs’ downtown market features first fresh tomatoes of season |

Glenwood Springs’ downtown market features first fresh tomatoes of season

Sharill Hawkins
Post Independent Contributor
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To pick the first ripe red tomato of the season off a vine in your garden is exciting. If it’s a cherry tomato, I have to eat it right away while standing in the garden. The taste is never sweeter than at that moment.

This week, at Glenwood’s Downtown Market, our produce vendors will be offering the first tomatoes of their June crop. Early Morning Orchard, Z’s Orchard and Borden Farms will have many varieties of tomatoes in their booths. They will be available throughout the market season for your early summer salads or for canning later this summer.

Fresh Food Nation … Simple Seasonal Recipes from America’s Farmers, by Martha Holmberg, is a new cookbook that features recipes from farms that offer a CSA program. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. In a CSA, the customer agrees to purchase a share from the grower and in return receives a box of seasonal produce weekly. One grower from each state was chosen to be featured in the cookbook.

Borden Farms was selected from Colorado. They have been growing flowers, organic vegetables and herbs since 1996. Guy and Lynn Borden have five recipes featured. Chilled no-cook tomato soup with fresh basil oil and a roasted tomato sauce recipe are Lynn’s favorites. The grilled zucchini with feta and olives recipe and the baked omelet with garden vegetables are both inspiring uses of early season vegetables, now available at the market.

At 5:30 in the cooking demonstration tent, Chef Ricardo Torres, owner of El Zocalo catering, will be preparing a roasted red salsa, another great use for those fresh red tomatoes. Ricardo will be teaching a Salsa Bar class through Colorado Mountain College this summer. Students will make four salsas and try them on fish and beef tacos. He will also be teaching a Mexican Fast Food class that includes enchiladas, tostadas and tacos.

Ron Koss and Chris Unfug, The Peg Heads, will be playing tunes including swing, Americana, rock, blues and bluegrass in the music tent, beginning at 5:30. Ron and Chris have been performing together for 40 years. Their spontaneity and unpredictability are always entertaining. Little River Ranch is the night’s music sponsor.

If you wish to use your credit or debit cards for purchases at the market, come to the market tent in the park. Thanks to Alpine Bank, we can run your card and give you tokens to spend with our vendors. We can also run your EBT card for SNAP benefits. Thanks to Slow Food Roaring Fork you will receive double the value up to a $40 per week in SNAP benefits.

Come join your friends, neighbors and visitors to our community in the heart of Glenwood Springs at Glenwood’s Downtown Market. Find the freshest early summer produce while enjoying local art, music and food from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday in Centennial Park at Ninth and Grand Avenue.

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