August 18, 2011

Shifting Plates to Local

Where does your food come from? In Boulder County, of the $947 million we spend on food each year, less than two percent is actually grown or produced within the county. To begin changing these staggering statistics Transition Colorado asks residents to celebrate locally grown and locally processed food during EAT LOCAL! Week. From August 27th through September 4th Colorado residents will have the chance to explore, discover, and celebrate the abundance of local food and farming in Boulder County. It all starts with a kickoff party at the Boulder and Longmont Farmer’s Market. Then jump on your bike for the Tour de Coops on Sunday, August 28th where you can take a self-guided tour of backyard chicken coops, urban farms, and community gardens while meeting the beekeepers, goatkeepers, and cultivators behind them. Next up, head to Chautauqua on August 29th to meet one of the most recognized beyond organic and strictly local, clean food farmer in the Academy Award nominated documentary Food Inc., Joel Salatin. The week-long series features an array of events like these including keynote presentations by sustainable food authors, a film festival, and a local food cook-off to inspire and inform everyone about the abundance of fresh, delicious, local food right here in our backyards.

For more information about EAT LOCAL! Week and the full schedule of events visit

Bryce Clark
Culinary Assistant

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