Wrapping it up at Glenwood’s Downtown Market
It is with humble retrospect that the end of the summer market season wraps up with Glenwood’s Downtown Market being honored by Better Homes and Gardens magazine as one of the best farmers markets in the country with the article “Farmer’s Markets to Visit Before You Die.” The market board is just grateful for this opportunity to serve in a way that promotes community, Glenwood’s hospitality, community health and economics. Part of being sustainable within our communities is growing food locally and promoting local business. It is no small task pulling off an exciting market each week.
The fabulous lineup of vendors is really what makes Glenwood’s Downtown Market special. For instance, the motor coach with the amazing blue graphics belongs to the True-Media Foundation, which operates as Amazin’ Blazin’ Black Asian Fusion Cuisine serving a marvelous vegan and gluten free dish that is simply delicious and completely nutritious.
Christopher Tribble is a video, audio, Internet and graphics technician and the executive director of True-Media Foundation, a nonprofit organization that mentors youth with a positive social impact.
Dana Marlatt is the managing director of the foundation and works in the booth making and serving the vegan veggie bowl. Together and with their team, Christopher and Dana have been giving kids an opportunity to work in local media, such as radio, TV and video productions. They also provide scholarships and support that makes positive changes in the kids’ lives.
Lovely scents emanate from the Zoe Life Soapworks booth where Donna Roberts shares a booth with Kim Breslin, a Juice Plus representative. Kim has a great all fruit and veggie supplement and gummy bears for children who may not otherwise eat enough fresh produce. Zoe Life Soapworks has been at Glenwood’s Downtown Market for five years, and Donna is one of two certified soap makers in the state of Colorado. She has an extensive line of all natural soaps that use pure essential oils and herbs to pamper the skin and promote general health.
Donna is also a fabulous artist and designer who is in great demand at all the craft shows in the valley. In her booth at the market you can find bar soaps for sensitive skin, dry skin and oily skin, shaving bars and dog soap. Donna also makes laundry soap, bath bombs, therapy pillows, and no ’druff beard oil.
As a reminder, the market board is still looking for a few new members. Local shop owner Sue Sharpe resigned this year, but she helps out frequently and she was lured out last week to a fun fall party at Cindy’s house for the witch hat decorating. Of course, Sue takes the cake for the best hat decorator extraordinaire. Marketgoers look forward to finding these hats at the Oktoberfest celebration coming up fast on Saturday, Sept. 19.
Sue has been a fabulous creative force on the board. After serving as an integral part of the board for 6 years, Sue is trying to simplify her life. She leaves a gaping space that will be impossible to fill. Several of the board members are addicted to her stylish fashion creations, which is how Sue came to be lured on the board in the first place.
Another precious past board member, Sharill Hawkins, can be counted on the help out at the market whenever she can. This week we are thrilled that she and her husband Jim will share their culinary expertise in the cooking booth. Sharill and Jim have the Four Mile Bed & Breakfast and not only are they both award winning chefs; their son Clay is becoming notorious as well under their excellent tutorage.
Four Mile Bed & Breakfast is generously sponsoring the band in the music booth this week. The Dave Notor Trio consists of Notor from The Smuggler Mountain Boys on mandolin and dobro, Trevor Mountjoy from Crowlin Ferlies on bass, and Steve Frishman from the Dan Forde Band on Guitar and mandolin. They comprise a Roaring Fork Valley band playing its own style of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and acoustic rock.
Don’t miss the last Tuesday evening at Glenwood’s Downtown Market, get the last of the Palisade peaches and those exquisite craft items you’ve had your eye on all season. Show your support and volunteer to work on the board. We volunteer to give back, and the gesture comes back around and keeps on giving. We are downtown Glenwood 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Ninth and Grand Ave.
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