Kim Fuller
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Minturn’s holiday wonderland

as the countdown to holiday cheer continues, the Minturn Winter Market is sure to fill stockings with joy all the way around.

On two consecutive Saturdays — today and again Dec. 14 — the market will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in downtown Minturn, including bundles of seasonal fare, gift merchants, carolers and alpine music, crackling fires, hot cocoa and s’mores.

“The Winter Market is the only outdoor market of its kind in Eagle County,” said Michelle Metteer, market organizer and Minturn economic development coordinator. “It provides a fun and unique opportunity to locals and guests.”

Gifts galore

The market is a perfect place to shop for presents, with merchants offering an array of gourmet foods, unique crafts, jewelry and fine art.

Brittany Ehman, creator of Grandma’s Fudge in Gypsum, will be a merchant at the market this year. She said she has participated in other markets, but this will be her first time selling her delicacies in Minturn.

Ehman is originally from Kentucky, and she said her family recipes seem to run as deep as her roots. It wasn’t even until she was married that Ehman was allowed to have the fudge recipe, which she has kept very traditional with flavors of pure chocolate and pure peanut butter.

“This is truly old-fashioned fudge, and you kinda have to taste it to believe it,” Ehman said of her great-great grandmother’s recipe. “The recipe has been handed down five generations, and I have kept it the same for that reason.”

The fudge melts in your mouth, Ehman explained, and the fact that you can’t taste the sugar granules is a mark of great candy — especially fudge. Longevity of the treat is also a quality indicator, and Grandma’s Fudge lasts for six weeks when it’s sealed up at room temperature. Have your fudge wrapped for gifts or treats to enjoy.

Ehman will also be selling homemade chokecherry and crabapple jams at her booth, as well as freshly baked zucchini bread, banana loaf and her original pumpkin pie loaf.

“Everything comes straight from us,” she explained. “Minus the bananas, we grow everything in our backyard in Gypsum.”

Crafted quality

Another new merchant to the Winter Market is woodZwayz, a custom carving and wood work artisan out from Kremmling. Owners and crafters Mark and Christine Mahorney work together to carve and finish small and large pieces of rustic art, chainsaw carvings and furniture.

Mark Mahorney learned his wood working skills from his grandfather at a young age, and he does all the carving for woodZwayz. He said he will be featuring smaller items at the market, including carved snowmen, trees, mushrooms and buffaloes. Custom projects of all kinds, such as furniture and large-scale sculptures, are always available for commission.

“We definitely offer a unique, rustic product, and the people who do what I do are few and far between,” he said. “You will see carved bears in ski towns, but mine are not like what you see there — everything, even if it is a bit kitschy, is truly artistic.”

A wide variety of merchants at the Minturn Winter Market will provide holiday shoppers with an abundance of gift options in one central location.

Santa photos are available on both Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m., and a Holiday Fever 5K and Family Fun Run will be held on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Register for the 5K or fun run at www.active.com.

To visit the Minturn Winter Market, take exit 171 off I-70, and then head two miles south.

“We definitely offer a unique, rustic product, and the people who do what I do are few and far between.’
Mark Mahorney
Owner and crafter of woodZwayz


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