Palisade peaches now at Glenwood’s Downtown Market |

Palisade peaches now at Glenwood’s Downtown Market

Alayna with Spur Ranch Jewelry in Steamboat Springs is a new vendor at the Downtown Market this year.
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Palisade peaches are here. It’s been a hot June with balmy evenings, and the fruit is ripening like crazy and our famous, delicious Palisade peaches are here at the market already. According to Jonny Bowden, “The peach originated in China and the peach tree was the Tree of Life to the ancient Chinese.” We think so, too, here in Colorado.

Bowden wrote “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” where he says, “Maybe they’re not the nutritional superstar of the fruit community, but they sure meet all the requirements of a healthy food.” Peaches are, “low in calorie, 1 ½ grams of fiber, small but measurable amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins C and K, plus not insignificant amounts of vitamin A, betacarotene, and potassium. And peaches contain a little beta-cryptoxanthin, a carotenoid with some anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. They have a smattering of lutein and zeaxanthin, the carotenoids now considered the superstars of eye nutrition.”

Kendra, of Z’s Orchards gave me an early cling peach saying the clings are hit or miss as far as flavor is concerned. It was delicious. As the evenings at the market progress, produce vendors are busy emptying tables and shortening their booths, so market goers need to get here early for the best selections.

It is quite a sight to see all the families, friends, and dogs sprawled out in the park visiting and listening to the music. Terry Muldoon, from Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, brings great art projects for kids to do while parents shop, relax and eat market goodies every Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Centennial Park in downtown Glenwood. Terry will have a donation jar for those who want to help the Arts Center recover from its devastating flood.

Construction on the bridge project and changes to Grand Avenue continues, but Glenwood’s Downtown Market proceeds unimpeded and parking has been plentiful, so there’s no reason for anyone to stay away from this exciting event and all the great deals happening each week.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

July first begins the Double-Up Bucks from EBT and WIC benefits that doubles the value of your food dollars so everyone can take advantage of great value on all the marvelous produce, local honey, grass-fed meats and baked goods.

Many booths have been set up to bring awareness to the community about projects and products that are new to the market. Rachael Windh set up a table to gain attention for her project, Shining Mountain Tiny Homes, committed to building homes one at a time for the homeless. Houston Mountain Ranch had a booth to inform us about the many benefits of raw milk consumption and the variety of products (like kefir, yogurt, and cheese) that a family can make with their raw milk herd share.

A new vendor this year is Impulse from Spur Ranch Jewelry. Alayna is from the island of Saint Thomas where many precious stones can be harvested to make the gorgeous silver jewelry that she designs. Her daughter Serina is a student at Denver University, where she is on the ski racing team and must pay her own tuition to be in the program. U.S. students don’t have the advantage of scholarships that are available to foreign students, according Alayna. Serina’s booth is her project to pay for her education and the privilege of racing on the American ski team. She also sells fabulous dresses with the works of famous artist depicted there on, like Klimt, Monet and Van Gogh.

The downtown market welcomes any nonprofits that would like to set up a table or booth to promote their cause and hand out information. Please talk to us at the market booth.

Smokin’ Joe and Zoe will be in the music tent this week sponsored by Pine’s Stone and Aria Salon. Joe and Zoe have been playing together for over a decade here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Joe plays bass, and Zoe plays guitar, and they both sing. Joe was the lead guitarist for Ike and Tina Turner in the old days, and he played on Bill Withers’ “Greatest Hits” album. Zoe is a world traveler who has lived throughout Mexico and brings her love of Spanish music to her voice and strings. Smokin’ Joe and Zoe have a great mix of styles in their music with a strong Latin influence that people love. And their chemistry and creative vocals are a dynamic combination.

The market is excited to welcome Town restaurant from Carbondale to the cooking booth this week. Katrina McAlpine and Justin Kellogg will be showing how it’s done in the kitchen at Town restaurant. The Pullman and Town have been the sponsors of the cooking booth, and we are grateful for their continued support.

At the downtown market, we are getting wound up for the Mac n Cheese contest set to take place on July 12. Get your recipes out and get ready to compete for the grand prize and all the accolades you can handle at this second annual market event.

As we finally get some relief from the heat the excitement is on at Ninth and Grand Avenue where Glenwood’s Downtown Market puts on the best show in town. Bring friends, family, and a blanket for a lively evening of fun. Visit our new website at

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