Rona’s garden in full bloom at Glenwood’s Downtown Market |

Rona’s garden in full bloom at Glenwood’s Downtown Market

Rona’s memorial garden is in full bloom at Centennial Park, where the fun takes place every Tuesday evening from 4-8 p.m. at Glenwood’s Downtown Market. I am thinking of the pie baking contest next week and how I can incorporate the gorgeous ripe currants hanging from the bushes among the blooms in Rona’s garden. This year’s annual pie contest is next week, Aug. 2. It is the event of the summer with the tension and excitement it creates in the contestants, judges and samplers. Judging from last year’s entries, competition is tough.

There are plenty of fresh fruits to choose from at the market already, but you are not limited to fruit for your pie. Categories are fruit, cream, and exotic/specialty. We are asking contestants to preregister by email at Your pie will not be turned away if you don’t preregister, however.

Pappardelle Pasta is available at the Market Manager’s Booth, as well as specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegar. We have just received a nice selection of oilcloth table cloths and tote bags.

Every week the produce vendors are bringing something new to the market. Kendra at Z’s saved some of the few okra plants she harvested this week. She said it is supposed to be one of the healthiest foods you can give your body, so I looked it up in Jonny Bowden’s book “150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.” Jonny says, “Okra contains a unique combination of valuable nutrients. It is one of a select group of foods that include naturally occurring glutathione, arguably the most important antioxidant in the body.” I hope it’s still counted as healthy if I bread and fry it.

The squash at Early Morning Orchards is beautiful and downright cute. I’m talking about the patty-pan squash, which is absolutely scrumptious sautéed in the Lemon Infused Olive Oil available at the Market Manager’s Booth. You can also grill it, which is an excellent way to enjoy getting your vegetables. And Bowden tells us “summer squash is high in the heart-healthy mineral potassium.”

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.

This week in the Cooking Booth Natalia Franz from Trattoria Dionisia will dazzle marketgoers with a fabulous presentation of her chef’s skills. Tratoria Dionisia is that chic underground Italian restaurant at 809 Grand Ave. that is both sophisticated and quaint. The Cooking Booth is sponsored by the Pullman and Town restaurants.

In the Music Tent, the Logan Brothers return to the Downtown Market, sponsored by Carpet One. It is always a pleasure to welcome the delightfully entertaining Logan Brothers to our little market where I must say we have the most appreciative and attentive audience in the world. I know the musicians enjoy playing at the market because of the special audience members who show up faithfully each week and show their appreciation for the musical talent.

The Logan Brothers are a Glenwood Springs-based band that plays classic and folk rock, focusing on acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica and exceptional singing. The group has been playing together off and on since 1977. They are like brothers with a friendship that has lasted over 25 years. Next week Vid Weatherwax will perform in the music tent, sponsored by Valley View Hospital.

Come join in all the fun with your neighbors, local producers, artisans, musicians and chefs from 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday through the summer at Ninth and Grand Avenue.

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