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Stock up for Labor Day picnic at Downtown Market

Sharill Hawkins
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

On Sept. 5, 1882, the first Labor Day parade was held in New York City. After a parade with more than 20,000 participants, picnics were held all over the city. Picnics are still often enjoyed during the Labor Day weekend. The holiday also is considered, by many, to be the end of summer.

If you are planning a picnic, camping trip or party this Labor Day, stop by Glenwood’s Downtown Market on Tuesday for all those essential picnic ingredients. The market is open from 4 p.m. till dusk at Ninth and Grand.

Start your shopping with a lemonade from two boys with the best smiles at the market. Harrison Coley and Ian Chaney will give you a friendly greeting and pour a big glass of lemonade.

Next, take a look at the bouquets of fresh zinnias and sunflowers from Z’s Orchard, or Bill O’Leary’s homegrown gladiolas. Either flower selection would be fun for your picnic or party.

Juice Plus has been at the market for several seasons with a healthy drink alternative, and right next door is Woody Creek Cellar wines. Stop by for a taste.

All the produce vendors have a wide selection of vegetables for grilled appetizers. Okra, fennel, peppers or carrots drizzled with olive oil and tossed with herbs are easily grilled. They could be served with a baguette from Will’s breads, Avalanche Goat cheese from Osage Gardens, and smoked trout from Eagle Smoked Salmon.

Pappardelle’s pasta offers dozens of selections, including gluten-free products for use in hot or cold pasta dishes. My pick from Pappardelle’s is their frozen asiago cheese, basil and garlic ravioli.

Osage Gardens now brings fresh mushrooms to the market. They are wonderful when lightly browned with onions, a little sherry and then tossed with the pasta.

Roan Creek Ranch or Sheep Camp Wool can add the beef or lamb for your meal.

Molicious Mustard’s will add that sweet hotness you might be craving. Maureen Maznio is new to the market this season. She will be highlighting her Molicious Mustard products in a cooking demo at the Sept. 13 market.

Dessert is easy to find at the market. Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes has individual portions called “Cheesecake in a Jar” in more than 20 flavors. Choose from Port/Fig and Currant, Margarita, Tiramisu and more. Full size cheesecakes are available. Go to www. to order ahead.

The bread man, Will, offers lemon pound cake that makes a simple and delicious dessert with fresh peaches and ice cream.

If you like to bake your own dessert, we will have the grand champion pie recipe, Lemon Custard Blueberry Swirl, from last week’s pie contest in our e-newsletter this week. If you don’t receive the newsletter go to the Glenwood’s Downtown Market Facebook page and click on the link to our newsletter or email me at

The market thanks everyone who entered a pie at our first annual pie contest. We received 24 pies from incredible bakers, who overwhelmed the judges with the quality and the creativity of the pies. It was a treat to serve so many slices of pie.

Chris Bank will be performing this week starting at 5:30 p.m. Bank is known throughout the valley for his jazz talents and for helping bring jazz to life for students from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. Our music sponsor this week is Stifel Nicolaus and Co.

In the cooking tent, at 6 p.m., Bryce Orblom, chef at Restaurant Six89, will be using farm fresh products from the market to create a gazpacho.

The Roaring Fork Slow Food group will be in the nonprofit area to answer questions about their activities in the valley. Their latest project is helping fund a community bread oven in Carbondale. They also assisted Garfield County in funding this year’s WIC program at the county’s farmers’ markets.

At 7 p.m., Nathan Stowe, owner of Blue Oak Studios, will be available at the market’s “garden talk” to discuss designing your own garden. Stowe has been volunteering his time to design and plan the new garden in Centennial Park.

Visit Glenwood’s Downtown Market and enjoy one of the last summer evenings in August.

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