Peaches, Acoustic Mayhem at Glenwood Downtown Market this week |

Peaches, Acoustic Mayhem at Glenwood Downtown Market this week

Downtown Market
Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Glenwood's Downtown Market board member Nancy Page enjoys helping customers with market products and questions.

Centennial Park and Ninth Street will again be filled with produce vendors and artisans for the fifth week of the Glenwood Downtown Market, July 20. The market welcomes locals and visitors every Tuesday through Sept. 28. Market goers can enjoy eating, shopping, listening to music, as well as watching the cooking demonstration, from 4 p.m. until dusk.

Our produce vendors this week will continue to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables they have to offer. We will start to see heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches, apricots, okra and new potatoes. Colorado peaches are some of the best tasting peaches in the United States. We are lucky in this valley to have peaches available to us at the local farmers markets.

I want to share an easy and delicious recipe for roasted peaches filled with almond and tarragon. The recipe is adapted from “The Herbal Kitchen” by Jerry Traunfeld. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Beat together 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened), 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup dark brown sugar. Beat in one large egg and then 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour. Stir in 3/4 cup sliced almonds and 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon. Split 4 freestone peaches in half and remove the pits. Do not remove the skins. Place the peach halves in a shallow baking dish. Divide the almond filling into 8 equal parts and fill in the cavity of the peach. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the filling becomes well browned and crisp. The peaches can be served warmed with yogurt, whipping cream or ice cream depending if you are serving them for breakfast or dinner. Enjoy peaches while they are in season.

In the music tent this week starting at 5:30 p.m. Acoustic Mayhem will be playing. This five piece acoustic band creates fun, spirited, musical mayhem, weaving together a wide variety of styles including folk, rock, bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, blues and swing, with a few original tunes thrown in. Members Elliot Leonard, Craig and Lorraine Curry, Marc Bruell and Dan Rosenthal fuse their guitars, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, bass and drums to get the foundation groovin’ and top it off with fine vocal harmonies. The joy of music, in particular, making music with your friends, flows from the band, putting smiles on the faces of fans of all ages. The music this week is sponsored by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

If you didn’t make it to the Food and Wine Festival in Aspen for cooking demonstrations don’t feel you missed out. Every Tuesday, at 6 p.m., the Downtown Farmers Market offers a cooking demonstration from local and regional chefs. This Tuesday, Suzanne Klein, owner of Zanitea organic herbal tea blends, will be talking about cooking with teas. Suzanne will be making Moroccan Mint Tea Roasted Nuts and a Hibiscus Tea and Berry Frappe. At the Glenwood Market booth we offer a selection of Suzanne’s tea blends every Tuesday. All of her blends are a wonderful mix of flavorful herbs. Stop by the cooking demo to welcome Suzanne to Glenwood Springs.

Be sure to come by the market’s booth to sign up for our produce basket giveaway. This week we’ll also be drawing for the “Edible” cookbook, a celebration of local foods. Under the double tents of the market booth we also offer, in addition to the Zaniteas, a large selections of oils and vinegars from local farms. We will be offering samples this Tuesday.

We want to thank Alpine Bank for making it possible to accept debit, credit and EBT food stamp cards again this season at the market.

Rona Chorman, one of the market’s original board members, passed away in June after a two-year battle with cancer. Rona requested that donations be made in her name to the market. The Downtown Market has established a scholarship/grant program with the funds. At the market tent is a photo board showing Rona’s smile and enthusiasm with the rest of the board members at the market and other times spent with us. Donations can still be accepted at the market or through Alpine Bank.

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