Celebrating Local Food Week in Colorado Springs Sept-17-24

Local Food brought to Market
Business owners, members of the community and growers are gathering to celebrate Local Food Week starting September 17 to the 24th in several locations around town in Colorado Springs with schedules below by offering classes, samples, information, music, art and of course great local food. It is really awesome to see so many business leaders taking charge for the wellness of our community and economy in producing, growing, educating and sharing with local families’ great food and local products.
These activities are great for families to get to learn more about how some of their favorite foods are grown, learn about healthy yet easy to make recipes that are excellent for working families and to get to know their neighboring local farmers who often work very hard from dawn to dusk in order to bring with pride their appetizing and colorful bounty.
Local food events are also excellent for children for they get to learn about the importance of caring for the soil, plants and animals that form part of farming and home gardening environments. They also get to appreciate via the varied and vibrant colors how green and yellow vegetables are not just appealing to the eye as in art but also important for health and energy. Some activities scheduled for children include hand painting or painting shapes with bright colors on paper. For adults there are several classes, food tasting, music and even a movie hosted to benefit Care and Share programs. It makes me extremely proud to see so many members of the community here in Colorado Springs coming together to embrace local products among the other choices that have been available. Thanks for supporting your Colorado small business owners, producers, and growers to include all the farmers across the state and in particular for their dedication and commitment to all families across the plains. Article and image by Publisher, Theresa Nielsen

    Celebrating Local Food Week Activities

Information below provided by Event Page- Peaktoplains.com.
The purpose of the Local Food week is to educate the public about the farmers and ranchers who grow food in this region as well as inform the public as to where they can access locally produced food. It is a week filled with educational events, restaurant specials and entertainment.
Local Food Week 2011 Schedule of Events
Look for restaurant specials at Adams Mountain Cafe, Pizzeria Rustica and Tapateria. Additional restaurants will be serving local specials, so watch for more information.
Saturday, September 17
Colorado Farm and Art Market, 9am-1pm, The Margarita at Pinecreek, just off I-25 and Woodmen
Dueling Chef Challenge: 11am at the Margarita at Pine Creek
9:30am Watch Chef Heather of Change! Personal Chef Services battle chef Hethyr Pletsch of Everyday Gourmet
Colorado in a farmers market shopping and cooking challenge to create the most scrumptious dish using market ingredients.
Most Unusual Variety Competition: 10:30am at the Margarita at Pine Creek
Bring your weirdest, coolest vegetables to the Info Booth at 3pm on Wednesday, 9/14 or 9am on 9/17. The crowd will vote for their favourite entry and results will be compiled from the two days’ entries to determine who will win a gift basket of local goodies!
For the Kids: Make a Mr. or Mrs. Zucchini-Head creation! Donations of LARGE Zucchini needed!

Canning Demonstration Class, 10am, Ranch Foods Direct, $15 gets you your reservation and Ranch Foods
Please call them at 719-473-2306 or visit- Hungry Chicken Homestead.

Sunday, September 18
Hands-on Cheese Making: 8:15am-12:30pm
Learn to milk the goat and then produce ricotta, mozzarella and cheese. After, indulge in a farm-fresh brunch and take home samples of what you created. Located on Colorado Springs West Side, these classes are discounted from $75 to $50 just for Local Food Week. Limit of six people per class. Register with Lindsey: (719) 651-9819, more info: The Goat Cheese Lady Classes.
HUG’s Local Food Tours and Classes, 1-4pm, Harrison Urban Garden
Learn what Live-Well and Cooking Matters are doing to provide food and education to the community. Come explore with hands-on nutrition activities; tour the gardens and get growing advice; meet “Bessie” the cow; watch cooking demonstrations (1:30 – Gadzooks, Got Zukes?, 2:30 Cooking with Fresh Herbs and Spices, 3:30 – Kid-friendly Garden Recipes); and learn about Bestway’s composting programs. More info: Becky Mares: (719) 528-1247, x406, becky@careandshare.org

Tuesday, September 20
Join Bonnie Simon of Hungry Chicken Homestead for this hands-on water bath canning class to safely can your local produce for use all year long. Learn how to can safely, the role of salt and sugar, and pickling. We’ll can locally harvested produce. Everyone will go home with a jar of produce, information resources for future canning projects, and inspiration! Contact Bonnie at Bonnie@HungryChickenHomestead.com for information.
Farm-fresh Dinner, 6pm, Pizzeria Rustica, $39 plus tax/tip for 4 courses and 4 wines
Locally-sourced ingredients featuring products from the Arkansas Valley Organic Growers and Colorado wines. Also visit www.pizzeriarustica.com for more info or reservations.

Wednesday, September 21
Front Range BBQ Care and Share/Peak to Plains Fundraiser, 7pm until the dancing is done, 2330 W. Colorado Avenue
Join us for live music, a pass the piggy to collect for Care and Share’s programs and beer specials to benefit Peak to Plains Alliance’s work in community education about local food sources.

Colorado Farm and Art Market , 3-7pm in the Sculpture Garden at the Fine Arts Center, N. Cascade at Dale Street.
Tomato Tasting: If you love tomatoes, $5 gets you samples of an amazing array of different tomatoes from 5-7pm
For the Kids: Make a Mr. or Mrs. Zucchini-Head creation! Donations of LARGE Zucchini needed!

Thursday, September 22
Green Drinks – 5:30-7:30pm, Blue Sage Catering, 5152 Centennial Blvd.
This event is free and open to the public. Find out ways to get involved with others who promote green products and services and support a community-wide effort to clean our city. Blue Sage will provide a venue and food. Beverages to be determined, but will be available.
Friday, September 23
Equinox BBQ and screening of What’s Organic About Organic, 6-9pm, Care and Share Food Bank, 2605 Peamble Point
Hosted by Care and Share Food Bank and Ranch Foods Direct. This movie takes you through farm fields, government meetings and industry trade shows to learn about the hidden costs of conventional agriculture and the importance of supporting local food producers. 6:00 BBQ. Ranch Foods burgers available for purchase. Bring your own drink and side.
7:00 Movie starts
8:30 Movie debrief

Saturday, September 24
Pikes Peak Urban Gardens Garlic Class – 10-11:30am, Harlan Wolfe Ranch, 907 W. Cheyenne Rd.
For just $15, you will learn how to grow garlic, sample many varieties of garlic, taste garlic ice cream (yes, you read that right!), tour the historic Harlan Wolfe Ranch and PPUG’s teaching gardens, and be able to purchase some of the finest garlic grown in our region for planting in your own yard. Reservations required. www.ppugardens.org.

Learn to Make Ricotta Cheese the Easy Way, 1pm, Ranch Foods Direct, 2901 N. El Paso
$15 gets you a reservation and a $10 gift card to spend in the store. Call for reservations: 473 2306.
Sunday, September 25
Hands-on Cheese Making: 8:15-12:30- Learn to milk the goat and then produce ricotta, mozzarella and chevre, and then indulge in a farm-fresh brunch. Located on Colorado Springs West Side, these classes are discounted from $75 to $50 as a special Local Food Week price. Limit of six people per class. Register with Lindsey: (719) 651-9819, more info:
The Goat Cheese Making Class
Ranch Foods Direct (2011) Local Foods Week Invite. Retrieved from http://www.ranchfoodsdirect.com/
Peak to Plains. (2011). Local Food Week. Retrieved from http://www.peaktoplains.com/index.php/local-food-week
Local Food brought to Market image taken at WholeFoods on Powers Blvd. Colorado Springs.
Edible Front Range. (2011) Edible Communities Activities. Retrieved from http://www.ediblecommunities.com