Season begins for Downtown Market
We begin our 12th season and reflect on the reasons, the mission and the goals of the board of directors from its inception. A downtown farmers market in Centennial Park in the heart of Glenwood Springs seemed the perfect answer to keep the vitality of downtown alive and vibrant, and a place for locals and tourists alike to gather during the summer. In 2005 the downtown corridor was going through major construction, and well, here we are again going through major construction. And because of this our opening day has been pushed back to June 14. We seem to have gotten it right, as we made the list of “Farmer’s Markets to Visit Before You Die” by Better Homes and Gardens. The market board members have had their heads together since early February. We have a great lineup for the music tent, as well as the cooking tent. Opening night, June 14, Let Them Roar will perform. They are sponsored by Early Morning Orchard. The cooking tent will feature Holly Pihl, Gluten Free Momma, as our first chef of the season. The Cooking Tent is sponsored by the Pullman and Town restaurants.
Our produce vendors are anticipating abundant crops of apricots, cherries, peaches and apples as well as straight-from-the-fields-fresh vegetables.
Our second annual Mac’n Cheese contest will be July 12, and the pie contest on Aug. 2.
With the health and well-being of our community at the core of Glenwood’s Downtown Market philosophy we have participated in the SNAP program since 2012 and have been able to double EBT thanks to a sponsorship from Slow Foods Roaring Fork. In 2015 the market joined Colorado Farmers Market Association, Live Well Colorado and many other entities to pursue a federal grant for additional EBT funding. The grant was approved, and Double Up Colorado will officially begin the end of June at markets throughout the state. With Double Up Colorado Glenwood’s Downtown Market will now be able to double WIC benefits, thanks to our Slow Foods Roaring Fork sponsorship.
The market would not be possible without the generosity of our many sponsors, and we thank them.
We are also pleased to debut a new website. Ann Ramsey has designed a colorful and informative site for us. Check us out at http://www.glenwoodmarket.org.
The market has been run by a grassroots group of dedicated volunteers since 2005. Our mission statement is unchanged: “The founders, vendors and supporters of Glenwood’s Downtown Market established the market in June 2005 to provide and promote, not only a venue for a variety of locally grown produce and other foods and artisan crafts, but also a weekly community event. This event serves to support local farmers and foster social gathering and interaction, thereby raising appreciation of the importance of locally produced foods, and of the historic downtown core and its preservation and growth. “
The market is opens for the season at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. We look forward to seeing everyone then.
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