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Glenwood’s Downtown Market finally opens for summer season

Tricia Cleis
Olga's Organics
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After a week’s delay, the 12th season of Glenwood’s Downtown Market opened for a magnificent evening of shopping for fresh produce, meeting new vendors and saying hi to our old friends. The weather was perfect as chairs filled and blankets spread out to overflow with families and friends who came out to listen to music, attend the cooking demo and have dinner. You may have noticed a new layout to the market: More vendors in the street, including the market booth — we are now next to Z’s Orchard. This layout has opened up the park for more music listeners and picnickers.

We continue to double EBT benefits up to $20 per family per week. Beginning in July you will see a new method for doubling EBTs. The program is called Double Up Bucks and is made possible through a USDA grant for markets to use all over the state. We will still double up to $20.

Gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and brightly colored cherries were in evidence at the market. Jonny Bowden, author of “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” says both of these early fruits are cancer-fighting foods. Tomatoes are technically a fruit that is used like a vegetable.

Bowden says “the anticancer properties of lycopene (in tomatoes) are especially beneficial when consumed with fat-rich foods, such as avocado, olive oil or nuts.” Studies show that men who consume 10 servings of tomatoes per week reduce their chances of getting prostate cancer by 45 percent. “Cherries are loaded with anti-inflammatory, antiaging, anticancer compounds that don’t show up on your average nutrition facts label.” And they are delicious and relatively low in calories. Take advantage of the health benefits of all the abundant fruits and veggies available at the market this year.

There are several new vendors this year with some marvelous and unique items. Olga’s Organics Cosmetics is one new vendor we are excited about. “Because you deserve it. Period. You deserve the best possible products for your skin, and you deserve being told you are beautiful!” says Olga’s Organics website.

There are several new vendors this year with some marvelous and unique items. Olga’s Organics Cosmetics is one new vendor we are excited about. “Because you deserve it. Period. You deserve the best possible products for your skin, and you deserve being told you are beautiful!” says Olga’s Organics website.

Olga’s cosmetics are USDA Organic certified, pure and simple ingredients and the finest quality brushes. And you can try before you buy.

Francesca Bonfiglio has returned to the market this year after taking a year off. She has been busy in her time away from sales designing and creating wonderful new pieces of jewelry like her boho wrap bracelets and necklaces. She has also done some inspirational ceramic plates and wall hangings.

We are grateful that the cooking booth has been sponsored by The Pullman and Town restaurants each year. Roaring Fork Spice, another new vendor, will be in the cooking booth demonstrating the many uses for its spice combinations and showing us how easy it is to add pizazz to your gourmet dishes.

In the music booth, Treadz is sponsoring the Starcher Hutsen band, voted three times for the Locals’ Choice awards. Starcher Hutsen is an acoustic folk/rock duo composed of vocalist Stan Orr and guitarist Matt Stinson. They have been playing in the valley for over a decade and perform a mixture of contemporary music and old favorites that are perfect for singing along.

Come ready to purchase your favorite breads, pastries, fresh produce from local fields and local honey. We have new artisans, as well as old favorites, like Cliff Manzaneres’ copper jewelry and Samye Arts. And of course our hot food vendors: Just Crepes, Andy’s and delicious gyros from Windy City Eats.

Next week The Scones will be in the music tent sponsored by Stifel Nicolas.

Glenwood’s Downtown Market is at Ninth and Grand from 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday all summer long. Visit our website at http://www.glenwoodmarket.org.


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