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We Love Local Foods!

 Whether you get your  news from  NBC  CNN  Twitter  YouTube  Huff Post or the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it would be hard not to know that it’s been a very dry year across the country.

Colorado struggles periodically with its high-desert heritage, but our local growers are innovative and smart. And because so many Colorado families are into healthy lifestyles and local fruits, vegetables and greens, they are flocking to the “local produce” section in greater numbers.

FreshPack has Olathe Sweet CornColorado peaches, melons and cantaloupesActually we have much more Colorado-grown goodies than ever before — both conventionally grown and certified organic.

FreshPack asked Chef Michael Long to help us figure a new thing to do with Colorado chiogga beets and, what d’ya know, he made the prettiest Bull’s Eye salad with a red cactus pear vinaigrette.

We are always trying to figure out new ways to put all of this locally grown abundence to work for your health and enjoyment. What are your ideas?

Call us at 303.412.6232 for more information on local green beans, cabbages, cilantro, greens, lettuces, onions, radishes, potatoes and tomatoes.  It’s like a garden around here!

Colorado Proud

David Asbury has been in the farming universe since his youth.  He went on to learn even more at Colorado State University.  He believes that growing the most wholesome produce organically, using sustainable practices, is the highest calling a farmer can aspire to.

He started Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch and then Full Circle Farm — 900 acres and 70 varieties of vegetables — he and his team grow also small grains, grass hay, corn and alfalfa for rotation to give the soil the needed rest from vegetable production.  From Longs Peak (14,259 feet) to the west, the watershed feeds the area’s rivers and reservoirs, which RMPR and Full Circle Farms tap carefully to conserve and manage their variety of crops.

Full Circle Farms’ philosophy is that in showing respect, dignity and integrity for all things, they — and hopefully we — have a better connection to humans, plants and soil.

At FreshPack, we’re looking forward to a summer of great fresh veggies from just a few miles away.

Amazing

Every Year Food and Wine picks out emerging chefs, all shiny and relatively new, to celebrate and honor.  This year, we have no objection to their nominating Colorado’s own Lon Symensma and Will Nolan — although we balked at being placed in “the southwest.”  Food and Wine invites you read more about them and to vote — it’s your civilized duty.

   

Lon Symensma

RESTAURANT ChoLon    LOCATION Denver, CO

WHY HE’S AMAZING Because he combines his Michelin-starred experience and yen for Asian street food to make Vietnamese dishes that are tasty and beautiful.(Read a review

Will Nolan

RESTAURANT Eight K          LOCATION Snowmass Village, CO

WHY HE’S AMAZING Because he’s honoring his Louisiana heritage by creating refined Creole comfort food at a prestigious Aspen ski resort.(Read a review

 Come on — show your support for these AMAZING chefs —  VOTE HERE!

Local…

The White House is hosting a local foods live chat this morning.  We are Colorado Proud, so we’re in!