Making cheese at the market |

Making cheese at the market

Elena and Erika Del Rio and Brooke Schutte of Del Rio Novelty Shoppe ply their goods at the Glenwood Downtown Market.
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Last week at Glenwood’s Downtown Market Julie Bloomingdale delighted marketgoers with her two elegant Pappardelle’s Pasta dishes in the cooking booth. This Tuesday, a new member of our community will demonstrate how to make cheese. Mari Contreras is from Mexico, and she has perfected the making of the soft cheese found in many Mexican dishes. As always, The Pullman and Town restaurants sponsor the market cooking booth.

Now that we know how best to cook pasta and make cheese, we are gearing up for the Mac and Cheese Baking Contest scheduled for the following week, July 14. We will be celebrating National Macaroni Week at Glenwood’s Downtown Market with an exciting challenge: Bake up your favorite recipe of mac and cheese and bring it to the market to compete with the valley’s best cooks, if you dare.

Past member of the board for Glenwood’s Downtown Market Sharill Hawkins will probably enter the contest, and hers will be a hard mac and cheese dish to beat. Sharill is a passionate organic gardener with a special interest in herbs. She graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Art Education and Craft Design. Sharill taught jewelry making classes before starting Show Hands Gallery of Fine Crafts with her husband Jim and other craftspeople in 1983. She and Jim opened Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast, and they manage other vacation rental properties. Sharill is an exceptional artist, writer and craftsperson and is a fabulous cook. It is no wonder she is too busy to help with the market these days, but she is always willing to lend a hand and enter baking and cooking contests.

In the music booth The Scones from Paonia will be rocking out with their brand of Americana, soul and blues. The Scones have an entertaining show with first-class guitar work and glorious harmonies. The group is composed of Helen Highwater on bass, Harry Knipe on drums and Rick Stockton, who plays guitar and banjo and writes songs. All three band members sing.

The Scones have been touring Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and beyond appearing with established names like Joe Cocker, Lyle Lovett, John Cowan Band, Ramblin’ Jack and many more. While the three musicians have performed individually and collectively in the Colorado music scene for some time, since joining forces and building a sound around original compositions and their superb musicianship, they have enjoyed packed houses and exceptional response everywhere. Each member brings a unique ingredient that blends seamlessly into the band that fits the Americana sound that touches on blues, soul, country and classic rock and roll.

Two new vendors have set up booths at the market to sell items made by hand. Del Rio Novelty Shoppe is a family enterprise. There are eight kids who are home-schooled ranging in age from 2-18. The family enjoys road trips, camping and exploring for new ideas for things to make. The girls, Erika and Elena Del Rio, and their sister, Brooke Schutte, make organic scones, cookies and banana cakes, and Brooke hand paints beautiful silk scarves. There are fabric wallets, crocheted goods and woodworking signs, a joint effort. The children make necklaces with unique clay disks with impressed designs that hold essential oils.

Lupe Saffer is Peach Group. Lupe makes luscious leather earrings, purses and accessories that are the latest rage. Her booth is chock full of elegant items including gorgeous children’s lacey dresses, jewelry and wreaths. She makes more than 140 items and does custom orders as well. You may also look for her creations at the Hotel Colorado and on her website at

Visit Glenwood’s Downtown Market every Tuesday evening from 4-8 p.m. through the summer at ninth and Grand Avenue. Call (970) 618-3650 for more information.

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