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A rainbow of colors at Glenwood’s Downtown Market

"Fresh Produce" by Mary Noone
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The children of the valley have returned to school. For them it signifies the end of summer. For garden producers this is the peak of the growing season, and an abundance of treasures from the garden in all the colors of the rainbow is evident at the produce booths at Glenwood’s Downtown Market.

We are thrilled to introduce a new produce vendor joining the market this week, a young artisan/farmer couple, Kirk and Katie Howlett. Their farm business enterprise, Thriving Lotus Creations, is many-faceted, combining the art of heirloom vegetable and fruit cultivation with compost tea making, canning, preserving, and fermentation arts. Kirk and Katie are also blown glass and jewelry making artisans.

We are anticipating Kirk and Katie bringing mincemeat, pickles and other specialty canned treats to offer marketgoers in the coming weeks. The Howletts purchased their 11 acre farm from an old farmer who had been practicing organic, heirloom cultivation in a rich, chaotic fashion, and they have brought order and purpose to the operation as well as expanding the fully sustainable concept of becoming bio-dynamic and self-contained on site; nothing is wasted, and the growing process is intensified. Their farm is in Paonia, which in itself is a miracle of 21st century modern agricultural technology, growing abundant garden produce at 11,000 feet.

Z’s Orchards is another family farming operation from Palisade with stunning displays of carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers in every color of the rainbow. The wide variety of produce offered at Z’s Orchard market booth is breathtaking: early Jonathan and zest-star sweet tart apples as well as raspberries, peaches and cherry tomatoes. New potatoes and fingerlings of all colors are there in abundance — they are extraordinarily delicious roasted with butter and parsley.

Z’s Orchard is the Zadronzy-Skaer family, and husband and wife Ken and Kendra are cheerful and efficient in their farming and booth operations. With such abundant produce to bring out to the market Kendra is up early every morning harvesting, while Ken packs the truck and makes sure everything is pulled off without a hitch. They have been a key aspect of Glenwood’s Downtown Market since it opened 11 years ago.

Early Morning Orchards has also been with the Glenwood market since its inception, showing up every week lately with towers of cases of peaches, and selling out before the evening closes. Early Morning Orchards is headed up by Skip Doty and his crew of helpers. Early Morning Orchards produce booth has become an important part of the farmers market equation throughout the valley.

This week we are thrilled to welcome Eugenia Bone, author of “The Kitchen Ecosystem,” which shows how to integrate canning into your daily meal preparation and use the waste stream of foods to create a more efficient kitchen — particularly appropriate for gardeners and farmers market shoppers. Eugenia calls her methods a paradigm shift in how we think about food and cooking. She will be doing a demonstration and an illustrated presentation of “The Kitchen Ecosystem” as well as selling and signing her book, which has over 400 recipes using 40 common ingredients. This special event is sponsored by The Pullman and Town restaurants.

The music booth is proud to welcome Randall McKinnon, a 27-year resident of Summit County. Randall grew up in south Arkansas and came to Denver for graduate studies. He has remained in Colorado’s high country and proven himself as a favorite on the local entertainment circuit. Randall’s journey has taken him from the ministry to social worker to musician and has provided him with the experience that allows him to establish a powerful rapport with his audience. His stage presence, warm vocals and solid rhythm guitar bid audiences to make themselves comfortable enjoying his style of folk, country and Americana. The music booth is sponsored this week by Glenwood Springs Ford and The Glaze Studio.

Come to Glenwood’s Downtown Market for the fresh abundant variety of produce and stay for the music and Eugenia Bone’s book signing, 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Ninth and Grand Avenue in Glenwood.

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