Tuesday market ends its season
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The summer season has passed, and we are all enjoying the beauty of autumn. I was driving over Dry Park Road and then up Four Mile Road a few days ago, through rain and sunshine. The colors of the hillside were brilliant oranges, reds and yellows. The sky was deep blue, then dark with white clouds. The rain glistened on the drying grasses in the sunshine. I felt like I was driving into an oil painting. It’s the same way I felt during each Tuesday Market this summer. The displays of the farmers’ produce, the artisans’ colorful booths, the smiles on shoppers’ faces and children dancing to the music, created a photo opportunity in every direction.
This Tuesday, Sept. 28, is the last Downtown Market of the year. The produce selection is still abundant. Plums, apples and pears are at their best this season. If you have never taken a bite out of a fresh honey crisp apple, you should. Look for them at the Z’s Orchard booth. The market’s “plum guy,” Skip, owner of Early Morning Orchard, will be featuring a variety of plums on Tuesday. It’s time to stock up on local honey, salad dressing and wine. The artisans’ offerings are great for early holiday shopping.
This last market is the time to pick out one of the hot food possibilities, sit and visit with friends or pull up a chair and listen to the music. Defiance String Band opened the market on June 22. Don and April Paine, Don Kaufman, Robert Rosenberg and John Sommers are a free-spirited electric acoustic Americana quintet. They also come together with other musicians to form The Last Minute String Band. The Paines bring members of the community together, to play and practice all through the year. We thank them and their community spirit for opening and closing the market season. The music will begin at 5:30 and end at dark. The music sponsor this week is Little River Ranch.
We want to thank all of the market sponsors. Please stop by the market booth or go to http://www.glenwoodmarket.com to see the list of businesses that have helped out this year.
The market also wants to thank three community members that helped every week under the red umbrella. Brianne Phelps, Joel Bone and Linda Austin-Martin helped customers recycle their trash this year at the market. Thank you to all the musicians that performed, and thanks to the chefs that participated in the weekly cooking demonstrations. We have enjoyed wonderful Colorado weather throughout this market season. Only once was the market deluged with rain. Our vendors have worked diligently week after week to make the Downtown Market a great event. They are the market and have been a pleasure to work with this year.
Several of our farmers offer community supported agriculture or CSA programs through the winter season. Customers may purchase a box of fresh produce and other local items. Good Health Downtown Market and Deli, on Cooper Street, carries food products from several local producers, year-round. Watch the paper for local farmers markets that continue through October, including the Saturday Market in the RiteAid parking lot. There will be a winter market in the Willits Center in El Jebel. The artisans from the market will be participating in holiday and spring shows in the area.
The theme of the Downtown Market this year, for the 125th anniversary of the founding of Glenwood Springs, was a celebration of the farming and ranching history of the area. The community made the celebration possible by supporting the farmers and ranchers that sold their products at the market this season. The market board has had a wonderful time bringing the cooking demonstrations, music, market vendors, special nonprofit booths and activities to Glenwood Springs every Tuesday for the last 15 weeks.
Six years ago, the market was started by a group of women in an effort to invigorate the downtown district during the summer. In the process, we hoped to create an event that would foster a real sense of community and offer both tourists and locals an enjoyable experience. The market has become more, to each of us, than just an event. We have become friends with all the artisans, farmers, musicians and chefs. We are advocates for eating fresh, organic and local. We want to thank our husbands for lending a hand and supporting our passion. Thanks to the community support and attendance, the Glenwood Downtown Market has become “the place to be” on Tuesday evenings. Thank you all.
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