Merchants get ready for Glenwoods Downtown Market |

Merchants get ready for Glenwoods Downtown Market

Ryan GraffPost Independent Staff

On Monday, chef John Arpin was wholly unaware he was expected to perform this afternoon at the inaugural Glenwoods Downtown Market event.I am? he asked, when a reporter told him he was supposed to demonstrate a dish at the Market.Luckily, Arpin is quick on his feet and came up with a summer dish: Hell prepare white bean and goat cheese bruschetta. The meal is simple and complete with toasted bread, olive oil and relish. Its healthy, easy and light, which is everything you want to eat during the summer, he said. Arpin is demonstrating a hot dish as well, but he planned to wait and see which produce looked good at the market before deciding.Arpins surprise at his role in Glenwoods Downtown Market is to be expected for something new in town. Produce-growers, bakers, artisans and the Last Minute String Band will all gather for a market organizers hope will help locals rediscover downtown. Im hoping people will just come downtown and just realize how much there is to appreciate, said Jan Harr, one of the organizers. To that end, some downtown businesses the Book Train, Main Street Gallery & The Framer, Downtown Drug, Mountain Peddler, Andersons Clothing and others are doing their part and staying open later on Tuesdays through the summer, Harr said. Harr is one of seven citizens only one of whom has anything to do with a downtown business who banded together in earnest just after the first of the year to create the market. It was a lot of work, a lot more work than we all thought it would be, she said. Not that any of the organizers were complaining on Monday. All were excited to see where the Market, which features only local vendors, would go. Glenwoods Downtown Market does potentially step on the toes of some people involved with the Saturday market in the True Value parking lot, which starts this week as well. But the two markets also could attract different people and be good for everyone involved. One grower, Ken Kuhns, co-owner of Peach Valley Farm, plans to bring out his strawberries, snap peas, herbs and flowers to both markets. (The Saturday market has) had great support in Glenwood Springs, and we dont expect that to change, Kuhns said. If the Tuesday market is done well, both markets should be good for consumers, downtown and the growers who sell at the markets, he said. And getting the Tuesday market to where everyone benefits may take a few hiccups, organizers said. We want to make whatever mistakes were going to make and get it going, Harr said.

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