Eats

By Mike Rosso Once a year or so, we like to devote an entire issue of Colorado Central to a specific topic, and what could be more interesting than the subject of food? Food growth, preparation, distribution, consumption – all things edible. What you may notice throughout this issue is a common thread: local foods. Unprompted, […]

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About the Cover Artist: Monk Giovanni (DeZorzi)

Born in San Diego, California in 1943, Father Giovanni has been a monk of the Greek Orthodox Church for over four decades. Since October of 2013, he has been a resident of the monastic Community of Our Lady and Saint Laurence, located on Tallahassee Creek, 32 miles northwest of Cañon City. He is a veteran […]

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The Gosar Ranch: A Local Foods Model

by Mike Rosso Above the din of motors, drive belts and grinders, Kris Gosar demonstrates the wheat milling process his father designed and built 40 years ago. In the final step of the process, the finely ground, brownish-white, Mountain Mama brand whole wheat flour is bagged and weighed on an aging, mechanical scale, then sealed […]

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Tomatoes: The Gateway Drug to Gardening

By Ericka Kastner My eyes flooded with tears as Penn placed the packet of Poma Amoris tomato seeds in the palm of my hand as a gift. In that moment, what I’d known for years was confirmed, – growing food from seed was an extension of my soul. And in Penn, I’d found a kindred […]

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Want Peas With That?

By Abby Quillen I’d spied the “9 Ways to Raise Healthy Eaters” and “7 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Veggies” headlines on the covers of parenting magazines. So I was delighted that my infant son Ezra gobbled up squash, spinach, beets, carrots, green beans and cauliflower. He devoured soupy, squishy vegetable combinations that […]

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Center’s One and Only Tortilla Factory

By John McEvoy An unobstructed panorama of the San Luis Valley stretches out around from the aptly named small town of Center, Colorado. Once bustling with migrant workers arriving in the spring to tend the surrounding potato and crop fields, Center now sits alone in the middle of the Valley, waiting for the future to […]

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A Sunflower in Westcliffe

by Central Staff Nebraska natives Elton and Jane Moyer found their way to Westcliffe via Denver. After nine years in the city, they decided to move to the Wet Mountain Valley, where they owned property. After learning that Sunflower Natural Foods was for sale, they decided to buy it, as Jane had an interest in […]

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The Cotopaxi Farm Market

by Central Staff Community farm markets and gardens are sprouting up all over the Central Colorado region. From Westcliffe to Cañon City, Alamosa to Gunnison, consumers are being given a larger choice of where to buy their edibles as well as knowledge of their origins. One of the newer local farm markets is now held […]

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Eat Local, Improve the Planet

by Martha Quillen Why do we buy bad food, dubious diets and crazy cures? And why hasn’t a half-century of environmental activism done more to protect our food products? When I was twelve, a friend was supposed to come over one Saturday, but couldn’t because her nineteen-year-old cousin had died in his sleep – and […]

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Down on the Ground – Working for Food

by George Sibley Will work for food: the garden season is upon us again. We’re learning that with a few wheelbarrows of compost, a few more of aged horse manure, and a lot of “Gunnison Gold” (an earthy mix of wood chips with sludge from the wastewater plant), all mixed and dug in with a […]

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Beef, Part 1 – Producing It Will Eat Your Lunch

by John Mattingly Anyone who eats beef might enjoy the “watching sausage being made” details of how it is produced, starting with the cow-calf end of the business. So let’s pretend that you, the reader, just bought 100 running age cows, three to eight years old, and open, meaning they are ready to breed. There […]

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This Space is Getting Hot

by Central Staff If a follower of the Grateful Dead is known as a “deadhead,” it stands to reason that a “chilihead” is someone who follows a pepper … or in the case of Joe Wetherington, all things pepper. Chili Heads is the name of Joe’s new store, located on Rainbow Blvd. in Salida, which […]

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Tony’s Restaurant – Burritos and More

by Central Staff Anyone who’s lived in Salida over the past 20 years has likely enjoyed one of his burritos – he being Tony Perez, who, along with his wife Marisela, run Tony’s Restaurant in Poncha Springs. For years, Tony’s been delivering his handmade burritos to businesses throughout Salida, and in 2008, he finally opened his […]

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Ploughboy – Made in Colorado

by Central Staff When Dave and Kerry Nelson discovered Salida while traveling around the country in 2008, they knew they’d found their new home. Soon after, they purchased a commercial building downtown. They just had to decide what to do with it. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Dave’s first inclination was […]

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Burmac – Cheap Eats … and Peacocks

by Central Staff They’re often referred to as “grocery surplus” or “dented can” stores, but Joan Burgett likes to refer to their store, Burmac Groceries, as the longest running mom-and -pop food store in Chaffee County. It’s also the only peacock ranch in the region. Joan’s husband Doyle first started the store in a back […]

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