The Downtown Market is like a bowl of cherries |

The Downtown Market is like a bowl of cherries

Submitted PhotoLeah Feasel from Borden Farms bags cherries at the June 23rd Downtown Market.

On Tuesday, June 30, everything is coming up cherries.

With all the rain this spring the Colorado cherries are bigger and juicier than ever. Several of the Downtown Market produce vendors will be offering cherries this week along with salad greens, herbs, snap peas, beets, early carrots and garlic.

If you haven’t planted all your garden items yet, Osage Gardens, Borden Farms and Mountain Valley Greenhouse have flower, vegetable and herb plants for you. We will still have a free Seeds of Change seed packet for you at the Downtown Market Booth, and you can sign up to win a market bag filled with fresh produce.

My pick for the best new product at last week’s market is the truffled honey and lemon goat cheese spread from Avalanche Cheese Co. Wendy Mitchell raises her goats near Paonia, and her creamery is in Basalt. Look for her this Tuesday and try a sample of her chevre spreads. New to the market this season is Crystal River Grass-fed Beef from Carbondale and Delicious Orchards from Hotchkiss bringing their Big B’s apple juice, produce and farm fresh eggs.

If you don’t feel like cooking at home Tuesday evening, the market has three hot food booths. You can pick from Mexican dishes, French crepes or German fare. There are also always pastries and a cup of iced coffee or lemonade for dessert.

After picking what you would like to eat you can take a seat about 5:30 p.m. and enjoy the music for the evening. This Tuesday our performers are The Griffin Family Band. They are a husband and wife and father trio from the Grand Junction area. Matt, Stephanie and Richard Griffin are three voices and two guitars that are often in three-part harmony. Their music is a mixture of folk, bluegrass, country, classic rock and blues.

Our market cooking demo starts each evening at 6 p.m. This week I’ll be preparing a recipe from the new cookbook “Colorado Organic” by Jennifer Olson. “Colorado Organic” is a celebration of cooking seasonally and eating locally. Jennifer is a wonderful photographer, and her goal is to introduce you to the abundance of local food that is grown and raised in Colorado. The book is divided by season and nine chefs from Colorado, including Mark Fischer from Six89, have provided a total of 40 recipes. Jennifer has complimented the recipes with her beautiful photographs of Colorado farms and their farmers. “Colorado Organic” earned a spot on the Denver Post Local Best Sellers List last month and is a finalist in the Colorado Humanities Center for the Book Awards in the general nonfiction category. We will have copies available at the market booth.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the summer of ’69, “The Summer of Love.” We’re recycling the summer of love each week at the market celebrating the times. This week the Wild Women artists will be showing artwork from recycled materials. Each week add your memories of ’69 on our memory boards. We will have the market’s Summer of Love posters available for purchase for all of you that asked for them last week.

Join us Tuesday, June 30, from 4 p.m. to dusk, at Ninth and Grand Avenue. For more information go to http://www.glenwoodmarket. com and sign up for our weekly E-mail newsletter.

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