Still good pickings at the Downtown Market
Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 are the last two Glenwood Downtown Markets of the season. The farmers’ baskets are filled with melons, squashes, potatoes and apples. You can still find peaches, pears and peppers. My pick of the week is the honeycrisp apple. They are great for eating raw because they have balance between tartness and sweetness and have a great crunch. They are a favorite for children and teenagers. You can buy them now, and they will last up to four months in the refrigerator. Phillip Kendzior, chef of the Pan and Fork Supper Club, will be highlighting apples at the 6 p.m. cooking demonstration this week. He will be preparing apple fritters with cardamom ice cream. Phillip’s mother, a creative cook herself, sparked Phillip’s interest in cooking at an early age. He grew up loving Brussels sprouts, stinky cheese and sweetbreads. He has developed an “eat-all-love-all” passion for food.Chef Kendzior has the natural ability to demonstrate his craft to others. He teaches basic fundamentals and tricks of the trade to make everyday meals more exciting and easier to prepare. Phillip’s Pan & Fork Supper Club is available for in-home cooking demonstrations and catered affairs. The new Glenwood Springs Community Garden is bursting with fresh vegetables in its first year. The gardeners will be at this Tuesday’s market to share photos and stories about being involved during the first year of the gardens. They are also bringing produce to share with their Glenwood community. Several community groups have helped financially and with in-kind donations to help the gardens. The board and the gardeners have big plans for next year, including a seniors program, winter garden and expanding the gardens. The Glenwood Downtown Market is offering a matching grant of up to $500 to the gardens on Tuesday, so stop by their booth, help yourself to some locally grown produce and make a small donation. The gardeners will also have their gardening plot applications available if you are interested in having a garden spot next year.Garfield County residents can stop by the Garfield County Clean Energy Booth this week and receive two free energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. The “Waste Not, Watt Not” light bulb giveaway is a project of the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative. Using funding from Garfield County and the city of Glenwood Springs, and additional bulbs from Holy Cross Energy and Xcel Energy, the project’s aim is to get thousands of energy-saving light bulbs distributed to county residents this fall.”Compact fluorescent bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer. Using CF bulbs is an easy way to trim your monthly electric bill,” says Glenwood Springs Councilwoman Shelley Kaup. Shelley and other City Council members will be handing out the bulbs at the market this week and next week.Frank Gayer Martin is our musical performer this Tuesday. Frank has called the Roaring Fork Valley his home since 1981. He is a bit of a black sheep in a family of classical musicians. Frank was inspired by the music of Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Bill Monroe and Merle Haggard. Frank performs his original music, solo or with the accompaniment of fiddle, mandolin, steel bass and drums.In 2002, Frank finished fourth in the Songwriters Showcase at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival in Lyons. He released his first CD, “In the Slanting Light,” which has been played locally on the radio and in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Japan and New Zealand. The music this week is sponsored by The Book Grove.On Saturday, Sept. 26, starting at noon, the market’s annual Oktoberfest will feature music by the Missing Links, and at 3:30 p.m. Alpine Echo will perform traditional German music. D’Miesbacher Oimtaler, Bavarian dancers will entertain throughout the day. We’ll be offering Paulaner Beer and fresh gourmet pretzels. Several of our regular produce vendors will also join the Oktoberfest and local artists will be showing their scarecrow creations. The last Tuesday Market on Sept. 29 will be our much-anticipated annual soup contest.
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