Colorado: Eat Local this Winter!

Despite cold temps, Colorado farms still deliver fresh, local produce!

Buying local produce and meat during winter months can be challenging but here in Colorado, it’s not impossible!

Local Foods

Local food is awesome. It tastes better. It’s more nutritious because it’s fresher. Buying it stimulates the Colorado economy. Plus it reduces energy consumption by not being shipped long-distance. Buying local just makes sense.

Coloradans put a high priority on their health. While many American states battle obesity epidemics and food-related chronic illnesses, Colorado eschews the trend and sits near top of most “healthiest” lists. The demand for good local food means that we support lots of local growers, CSAs, community gardens, and sustainable ranches. It also means that Colorado chefs fill their kitchens with robust Colorado ingredients, everything from organic free range Bison to famous Western Slope fruits!

So, can we still get our mouths on this local deliciousness while the Rockies are packed with snow?

Yep.

Thanks to ingenuity and modern technology, Colorado food is available now.

Here’s how to find it:

  1. Join a Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA)! CSAs deliver a variety of produce to their membership daily, weekly, or monthly. Check here to see those running all winter!
  2. Have it delivered! Companies like Door-to-Door Organics offer you to shop online for food to be delivered to your doorstep.
  3. Cautiously check the grocery aisle. Some stores, like Marczyks Fine Foods, sell lots of Colorado produce. Keep your eyes peeled at others like Sprouts, Whole Foods, and more – while much of their produce isn’t local you will find Colorado offerings mixed in.
  4. Since local food is in, you can enjoy lots of it by dining out! Avoid franchise restaurants and instead support the Colorado economy and opt for innovative local food trucks, casual restaurants, and cutting-edge formal dining offerings. Check websites like Westword and The Denver Dish to get the skinny on who’s cooking up native grub. (A few of my personal favorites include The Curtis Club, Bittersweet, and The Populist – but there are so, so many more!).

Bon Appétit!