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Splurge on splendid spuds

Downtown Market
Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Potatoes are plentiful at the Tuesday Downtown Market.

Has the summer heat taken the “starch” out of you? The potatoes, pasta and pastries at the Tuesday Downtown Market can give you back that shot of energy. Z’s Orchard has fingerling heritage potatoes that are interesting shapes and have great taste. Borden Farms offers white Corrola potatoes and Colorado Rose potatoes. Both are small and would be good diced with skins on then roasted with olive oil and herbs. Divide Creek Farms has Charlotte new potatoes. They have more flavor than Yukon Gold potatoes, are firm and also good for roasting. They are a French heirloom potato. The rights to the Charlotte seed potato is now owned by Canada, but Divide Creek Farms is saving seed potatoes so that they will still be able to offer them.

After you pick out your potatoes, go for the pasta. Pappardelle’s has pasta from porcini mushroom to lemon pepper flavors. They are also offering gluten free pasta.

Now it’s on to pastries and breads. Panaderia La Colmena’s case is filled with strawberry jelly rolls and empanadas filled with peach to pineapple. They also offer a bag filled with small loaves of sourdough bread with garlic, rosemary and kalamata olives. My favorites at Will’s Fresh Bread and Pastries tent are his rye swirl bread, the jalapeno cheddar focaccia and the peach puff pastries.

If you want to add to the sweet tastes, stop by the cooking demo this week at 6 p.m. I’ll be serving samples from two recipes in the “Edible” cookbook. We have been selling the “Edible” cookbook this year at the market booth and still have a few copies available. The Harvest Cake recipe includes carrots, parsnips, zucchini and apples in the batter with a cider-cinnamon frosting. The Triple Gingerbread will be topped with brandied apples and pears.

At 5:30 p.m. a new band to the market will be on stage. Steve Skinner’s Stimulus Package is a convergence of longtime Roaring Fork Valley musicians. Their music is based largely on the original resort rock of Steve Skinner. His original rock opera was performed at the Wheeler Opera House. On drums, Corey Spagnolo brings a taste of Los Angeles to the group. Corey toured with The Chambers Brothers. Louie Girardot, formerly of the local favorite “Louie and Lizards,” rounds out the threesome on bass guitar, lead and backing vocals. The group features original songs inspired by daily joys, trials and tribulations of valley life and beyond. Bank of Colorado is this week’s music sponsor.

The Glenwood Springs Community Gardens will be at the market this week offering some of their vegetable bounty from their 66 garden plots. You can donate to the gardens, in exchange for some of their organic produce. You can also visit with the gardeners about their experiences in the garden and inquire about plot availability for next summer. Stop by the gardens, next to the community center, before the weather gets cold, to see what the garden members have accomplished in just two years.

Many of you know that Rona Chorman, longtime Valley View nurse and one of the Downtown Market’s original board members, passed away in June after a battle with cancer. Rona requested that donations be made in her name to the market, which in turn, has created a scholarship/grant program. Friends and colleagues of Rona from Valley View Hospital have planned a Treehouse Trek in her memory. This Tuesday between 4 and 5:30 p.m. there will be a table by the Valley View Hospital main entrance where you can pick up a map and purchase memory pinecone stickers for $1 each. Then walk to Rona’s house at 804 Bennett to sign a memory board in her honor. From her house, walk to the Downtown Market and find the Rona Chorman Treehouse where you can place the pinecones. Pinecones may also be purchased at the market. Rona always walked to and from work at the hospital, even in the worst weather, and she was passionate about the tree house she had built near Crested Butte.

While you are at the market this Tuesday you may want to visit our neighbors at the Forest Service. They will be hosting a open house in their visitor information center during market hours.

The Downtown Market will bring you Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Ninth and Grand, from noon till 7 p.m. Glenwood Canyon Brewpub’s finest brews will be featured. There will be music by the local rock band the Missing Links and the Alpine Echo Bavarian Band. Bavarian Dancing will be performed by D’Miesbacher Oimtaler. Several of this season’s market vendors will also be at Oktoberfest.

Come and enjoy friends and neighbors at this week’s Glenwood’s Downtown Tuesday Market from 4 p.m. till dark. Don’t miss what the autumn season has to offer in our valley. For more information go to http://www.glenwoodmarket.com.

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