Saturday Farmers Market now in season in Glenwood
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” “Banjo” Joe Creek has come to Glenwood’s farmers market since the early 1980s.
He’s selling fresh tomatoes, cherries, peanuts and more from Palisade. Recorded bluegrass music wafted out from behind his stand of goods, where his banjo sat on the ground. A sign on the inside of his truck says, in jest, “Hippies use side door.”
“Picking peaches is what I do,” Creek said. “I love peaches. They make me sing.”
Palisade is the peach capital of Colorado, he says, and the soil has helped Forte Farm’s crops.
“The valley there … it’s so fertile because it used to be a giant lake, a giant dam that broke and created the Grand Canyon,” Creek said.
The Book Cliffs heat the valley and keep it warm and in great peach-growing conditions, Creek said.
Creek works for Forte Farms, which was just one of the vendors who set up shop ” or tent ” at the farmers market Saturday. Anything from bread to produce to honey and flour was available directly from the producer in a casual, open-air atmosphere.
Vendors this year have come from places like Palisade, Grand Junction, Peach Valley and Delta.
“Did Peter roast these?” one woman asked.
“He roasted them with his own hands,” Creek answered.
Creek likes that selling at the farmers market puts the grower directly in touch with the buyers.
“It’s nice because you get rid of the middle man, so your prices are better, and the other thing is it’s good to get to talk to the people,” Creek said. “And everyone is so nice ” mostly.”
He recommends taking it easy when squeezing the vendors’ tomatoes.
Ed and Gen Doak, of Glenwood Springs, bought a bag of sweet cherries Saturday morning. They raise things in their own garden, so a lot of the stuff they don’t need to buy. But the dark red cherries caught their eyes.
“Dessert ” just eat ’em fresh,” Gen said.
They also like the cheaper prices, and it’s been a tradition for them for more than 20 years.
“We’ve come here every Saturday as long as they’ve had it,” Ed said.
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
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