We are one part dedication, a hint of humor and a dash of crazy
...come rain or shine.
Glenwood's Downtown Market is in its 14th year and is made up of incredible people, past and present, who devoted countless hours of their time to serve on the board and show up week after week, every summer to put on the best farmer's market in the Roaring Fork Valley. It all started with a conversation between residents discussing how a farmer's market in the downtown would create a sense of community. Soon, downtown businesses and other community members came together and formed Glenwood's Downtown Market. Each member brought varied experiences and their own unique perspective... but like everything in life, change happens. Board members moved away, jobs changed, family life took precedence - but in the end, the market continues to thrive. Cindy Svatos and Julie Larson are holding strong with the help of dedicated volunteers.
Current Board Members
Cindy came to Glenwood Springs in 1978 and worked as a medical transcriber for Valley View Hospital for 18 years followed by 5 years as Special Events Director for the Chamber and another 7 years with Glenwood’s City Parks where she became involved and enmeshed in beautifying downtown Glenwood. Cindy claims, "I knew it was time for a change when people only recognized me from behind, bent over a flower garden!" Cindy welcomed the opportunity to help with the market and knew her event planning skills would be useful; however, she also had grave doubts that it would ever succeed. She explains, "It's now 14 years later and I'm still trying to prove myself right."
Julia Larson works in finance at Valley View Hospital. She was drug into a market meeting one summer evening in 2015 and quickly became a huge part of the board, managing the finances. Her volunteerism and community involvement gave everyone hope that younger generations are still interested in civic duties. Julia loves the outdoors and is passionate about animals, including her two cats, Howard & Louisa and her mixed, extra large, extra Great Pyrenees. "I absolutely love life. All of it. I also love making geeky jokes and mostly I love Tuesdays in the summer."
Past Board Members
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In Memoriam of Rona Chorman
Rona Chorman was literally kidnapped one evening and taken to a board meeting, duck-taped to a chair and “allowed” to participate as a member of the board. She is characterized by her quick wit, industrious nature, and calm outlook on life. Rona was a resident of the downtown area for over 20 years and had a real heart for the downtown market. They say she should have been an architect, having remodeled her 1882 Victorian home and hand-built four cabins in Colorado. She had traveled extensively in the Jungles of Costa Rica and Alaska with her brother. Sadly, Rona lost a courageous battle with ovarian cancer but will always be in the hearts of the board. The back wall and gardens were built in her honor and she will forever be a pillar of the market.
Feed My Sheep
Over the course of years, members were responsible for setting up market which involved putting up tents, hauling tables, chairs, signage and road blocks. Then 4 hours later tearing it all down and putting it away. It took a toll on everyone. Now Feed My Sheep Ministry sends 4 guys to help set up and tear down each week.
Keyboardist Vid Weatherwax, has been a fixture of the local music scene for many years and is responsible for booking the amazing music lineup for the market. The variety and caliber are top notch.
Friends of the Market
Throuout the years, friends have pitched in, volunteered, taken on roles and helped make Glenwood's Downtown Market a success! They include Pat Trauger, Pat Hansen, Kathie Weaver and some of our past board members.