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September is National Honey Month

Beekeeping is growing in popularity, and many beekeepers sell honey at farmers markets and other local businesses. If you’re interested in producing and selling honey, see the publication Colorado Cottage Foods Product Information: Honey. Here you can learn about product safety and the State of Colorado’s rules for selling home-produced honey. You can find more […]

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It's National Farmers Market Week!

This is the time of year for fresh produce, and Colorado has many local farmers markets that sell quality, organic fruits and vegetables, along with a variety of other homemade items such as honey. To find a farmers market near you, check out the 2018 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: The Sweeter Side of Colorado History

This Valentine’s Day you may find yourself the recipient of candies or cupcakes, or might be planning a special dessert to go with a romantic dinner.  Today is also “Fat Tuesday.” Desserts and sweets have long been a part of American culture.  But how has our sweet tooth changed over the last century?  The following […]

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Colorado Kids Food Finder

 Many Colorado children are in free and reduced lunch programs at their school.  But what happens when school’s out?  The Colorado Department of Education and other partners have launched a new website, Kids Food Finder, which parents/guardians can use to locate community-based sites such as churches and rec centers which have agreed to provide free […]

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Colorado Potatoes

February is National Potato Lover’s Month.  Did you know that more than 70 kinds of potatoes are grown in Colorado?  You can learn more about Colorado’s potato industry in numerous publications from the Colorado State University Extension and the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Potato producers can find growing tips and resources on pest control, marketing, […]

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Holiday Food Safety

Don’t let food poisoning spoil your holidays!  Check out these resources from the Colorado State University Extension that offer tips on staying safe while enjoying some of our favorite holiday treats.  Do you make your own eggnog?  The raw eggs used to prepare eggnog can be contaminated with Salmonella.  Follow the tips in Holiday Food […]

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Tastes of Fall

October is a commemorative month for many of our favorite fall foods.  Publications from our library collection can help you learn about growing and preparing these foods. October is… American Cheese Month.Learn how to make your own with Making Soft Cheeses from the Colorado State University Extension. Apple Month.If you have apple trees, you can […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Cooking in 1945

The way we eat has certainly changed in the last three quarters of a century, as can be seen in the 1945 Colorado Experiment Station publication Venison on the Menu.  This guide was published to offer ideas on how to cook the meat brought home from a hunt.  “It will prove of unlimited value to […]

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Local Food for the Holidays

The Colorado Department of Agriculture encourages Coloradans to buy local this holiday entertaining season.  Their website includes resources such as a winter farmer’s market list, a Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide, and Colorado Market Maker, an online database for locating Colorado food products. Farmer’s markets aren’t just for summer.  The Colorado Winter Farmer’s Market […]

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School Lunch and Nutrition

This week, October 12-16, is National School Lunch Week, which has been celebrated each year since declared by President Kennedy in 1962.  NSLW is about recognizing the importance of healthy school lunches and their effect on student learning.  Here in Colorado, the state’s Department of Education (CDE) includes an Office of School Nutrition.  Their website […]

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Farm Fresh Mobile App

Farmer’s market season has arrived, and if you’re hunting for the nearest market or looking for a specific type of food for sale, download the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)’s Farm Fresh Mobile App.  This link will take you to CDA’s Markets webpage, where you can select from an Apple or Android app.  If you’re […]

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Baking Bread at High Altitude

High altitude baking can be a challenge for newcomers to Colorado and other mountainous states, and bread can be one of the more tricky items to bake at high altitude.  Altitude affects baking because of a change in barometric pressure.  Since some adjustments need to be made at these altitudes, including adjustments in temperature and […]

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Candy Apple Recall

Several brands of candy apples are being recalled due to possible listeria contamination.  At least four people have died from eating the contaminated candy apples.  For specific information on which brands are being recalled, see the Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)’s recalls page. Everyone should be aware of basic food safety guidelines.  […]

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Colorado Cottage Foods Act

It is becoming increasingly popular to produce one’s own food or buy products directly from farmers and other producers.  Many cities such as Denver now allow residents to keep chickens, goats, and bees, to produce fresh eggs, milk and cheese, and honey.  Others have signed up for cooperatives where they can buy fresh milk direct from the farm.  […]

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Genetically Modified Foods

One of the questions on this year’s ballot concerns whether or not food should be labeled to state whether it contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  For the pros and cons of Proposition 105, see this year’s Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book).  Two fact sheets from Colorado State University offer background on the issue.  See Labeling […]

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Colorado Local Food Products

Colorado’s many agricultural products have made our state a great place for eating local.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture, with its Colorado Proud program, has highlighted Colorado’s culinary contributions for years.  Recently, however, the locally-grown food movement has gained in popularity, and the new buzzword is agritourism.  This fall, the Colorado Tourism Office is helping to […]

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Colorado — It's Delicious

Looking for a delicious way to travel through Colorado?  The Colorado Tourism Office has developed a new Tasting Tour website to help you plan a trip to visit Colorado’s wineries, breweries, farmers’ markets, and restaurants. Other great agritourism resources include the food and gift directories published by the Markets Division of the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  […]

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Colorado State Fair Special Contests – Enter Today!

Are you a cupcake connoisseur?  A salsa specialist?  Pizza pro?  Green chili champion?  If you have a food or craft specialty, there just might be a contest for you to enter at the Colorado State Fair, brought to you by the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture.  Some of the contests include baking, homebrew and craft beers, quilting, […]

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August is Colorado Proud Month

Governor Hickenlooper has declarded August 2013 as “Colorado Proud Month,” celebrating the state’s agriculture.  Visit the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture’s Colorado Proud webpage this month to read the Governor’s Proclamation, find a calendar of agriculture tours and events, link to social media, and discover the 52 Reasons to Choose Colorado.  Finally, as always, you can find consumer […]

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Farmers' Markets

Many farmers’ markets will be opening this weekend.  The Colorado Dept. of Agriculture has posted an updated list of farmers’ market locations and schedules.  See also their Colorado Farm Fresh Directory.  Our library has many resources for both visitors and vendors.  Some helpful resources include: Shopping at Colorado Farmers’ Markets, Colorado State University Extension, 2010. Farmers’ Markets […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Are you looking for a gift that says “Colorado”?  Are you shopping for someone who doesn’t want more “stuff”?  Is there a gourmet food lover on your gift list?  Looking for a unique corporate gift?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then be sure to check out the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture’s […]