Getting pie-eyed at Glenwood’s Downtown Market |

Getting pie-eyed at Glenwood’s Downtown Market

Melissa Adams-Maness and her son Elliot Adams-Kaufman in the Colorado Mountain Honey tent.
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There is one week left to shop Glenwood’s Downtown Market for fresh Palisade peaches for your entry in the Pie Baking Contest coming up Aug. 4, during National Farmers Market Week happening Aug. 2-8. Local cherry tree branches are loaded with pie cherries, and the apricots are in abundance as well. It is not too soon to think about your entry in the Pie Baking Contest, now in its fifth year, and it’s expected to be at least as exciting and competitive as last year’s event.

According to Melissa Adams-Maness, you can use less honey than the sugar called for in your recipe to achieve the same sweetness. You can find Melissa and her son Elliot Adams-Kauffman in the Colorado Mountain Honey booth every Tuesday evening at the downtown market. Melissa’s husband, Derrick Maness, has been tending bees with Paul Limbaugh since he was 14, just a few years older than Eliott is now. Derrick is now in his 19th year as a beekeeper, and the Maness family has built up quite a business supplying local honey and providing for the healthy agriculture of the Western Slope. You can find out more about Derrick’s bee-tending and classes by accessing the archives of the Post Independent dated Aug. 2, 2014, for an article written by Marilyn Gleason, titled “Silt Beekeeper Derrick Maness Lives One Sweet Life.”

Derrick grew up in Rifle and Melissa in Carbondale, and they are a powerful force for the industry, managing more than 2,500 hives, including 600 of their own hives. Colorado Mountain Honey features raw unfiltered Glenwood/Carbondale honey; a bolder, darker honey from Redstone; and a lighter Grand Valley honey that tastes like sunshine and flowers in a jar. All are considered raw and local (within a 100 miles radius), though some are heated just to a pourable consistency for convenience. The beautiful and colorful Colorado Mountain Honey booth is hard to miss, and Melissa and Elliot are delightful and informative about the honey and the relative health of the business. Glenwood’s Downtown Market board is hoping Melissa will join the board of directors in the near future.

The Pullman and Town restaurant sponsor the cooking booth each week, and Carbondale Beer Works’ Calder Morrison will be demonstrating his cooking skills in the booth this week. Calder makes a darn good taco, though what he will make this week is a mystery.

Peg Heads are scheduled to play a variety of tunes including Americana, swing, rock, blues and bluegrass. Ron and Chris have been performing together for 40 years, and their spontaneity and unpredictability are always entertaining. Peg Heads are sponsored by Rocky Mountain Neuroadvantage and the Glenwood Sewing Center.

Glenwood’s Downtown Market is the happening spot where you can find your neighbors shopping for local produce, fresh mangos and coconuts, hot foods, entertainment, hand-crafted merchandise, and all the fun you can expect from your community of friends every Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. rain or shine at Ninth and Grand Avenue in Glenwood.

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