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Pasta’s the pick of the week

Downtown Market
Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
"The Pasta Girl," Julie Bloomingdale, at the Glenwood Downtown Tuesday Market.

As many of you have noticed, the corner of Ninth Street and Grand Avenue is bustling every Tuesday. That is the location of Glenwood’s Downtown Market every Tuesday evening from 4 p.m. till dusk. The market will continue for seven more weeks, offering produce from local farmers, artisan booths, hot food, gourmet food products, music, cooking demonstrations and wine tasting.

With so much to see and do at the market you may get thirsty. Woody Creek Cellars is at the market for its sixth season. Its artisan wines are made in small batches, without added sulfites, clarifiers or preservatives. New to the market this season is Maison La Belle Vie wine, produced by John Barbier. John is a Frenchman transplanted to Palisade. Both wineries offer tastings at the market of all their wines.

Across from the Woody Creek Cellars tent is The Lavender Lady, Carol Mueller. Carol offers lavender products from cookies to bubble bath. Carol’s mango lavender drink mix is a concentrated liquid that could be added to chilled champagne for a new refreshing summer treat.

Kim Breslin and Kristine Del Rio are in the Juice Plus booth every Tuesday. Juice Plus is a juice powder concentrate from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains.

For a ready-to-go, cooling drink at the market try the jamaica tea at the fish taco booth and iced coffee, iced tea or lemonade at the Back Alley Coffee tent.

My pick of the week is the wide selection of pastas from “The Pasta Girl”, Julie Bloomingdale. They make an easy, quick meal. Prepare some of the pasta, add an assortment of grilled fresh vegetables from the market and toss with one of the sauces that Julie offers.

Stop by Chef Mary Whalen’s “uncooking” demonstration at 6 p.m. Mary Whalen, has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 33 years. Mary had a “Healthy Cooking” business for more than 10 years. She has been a vegan “Raw Foodie” for three years. Mary says, “I love the benefits of eating fresh, raw foods, plus there are so many ways to prepare absolutely delicious meals.” Last market season she made chocolate silk pie, using no dairy or sugar. She also prepared corn chowder using only raw food techniques, uncooked and unprocessed. At this Tuesday’s demo, Mary will be preparing a green soup with grated veggies that has lots of dimensions. It is sweet, sour and has a little bit of heat, all in a cold soup. For dessert you will be able to sample peaches with a cashew cream. The raw cashew cream mimics whipped cream. It is sweet and creamy with no cholesterol.

Take a seat in the park at 5:30 to enjoy the Whittingtons, a family country band that originated in Glenwood Springs. Dean Caleb Whittington, Keen Date Whittington, Parker Wade Whittington and Don Pennington are the core of this talented band. The group truly enjoys performing and gaining new fans for the band and for country music.

Barbara Larime, a master gardener with the Garfield County Extension Service, will be at the market this week. She will be able to address plant and gardening questions and also provide information about other services available through the extension office.

The market wants to thank the Garfield County commissioners for providing funding for the WIC program. The participants in the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition program can again this market season receive vouchers for purchasing fresh, local fruits and vegetables at the Tuesday market.

Come by the market booth with any questions you may have about the market and sign up for our weekly produce basket give-away. We also are offering, again this season, the versatile gardening tub trugs, oil clothes in new patterns, tea blends, oils and vinegars, regional cookbooks and market bags.

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