“Need Food”

by Laurel McHargue “NEED FOOD,” read the cardboard sign held by a woman who appeared to be in her 70s. It’s hard to gauge the age of homeless people, as most do not age well. I was returning from a weekend conference in Denver and stopped by our local Safeway for a few things before […]

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Colorado Food Facts

Compiled by Mike Rosso Veggies, Fruit, Meat and More • The San Luis Valley is the largest and highest alpine valley in the world capable of producing crops. Elevation in the valley ranges from 7,400 to 8,000 feet. It is also the main supplier of barley for the Coors Brewing Company. • Colorado produces more […]

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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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Food: Local or Fast?

by Allen Best Being a male of a certain age, I’m sometimes distressed to catch sight of an individual in surveillance cameras and mirrors that looks familiar but strange. It’s me, and I must pay closer attention to my diet. I’m not alone. While people living in the West tend to be leaner those than […]

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Lightening the Carbon Footprint of Our Food

by Susan Tweit After a holiday weekend spent cooking for a house full of visitors from age 10 to 81, I have food on my mind, in particular, ways to lighten the carbon footprint of what we eat. According to Stephen Hopp in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, agriculture consumes about 17 percent of the United States […]

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A Guide to Regional Summer Farm Markets

Compiled by Mike Rosso Farm markets in our region are becoming more popular every year as locals strive to buy and consume regional produce and goods. We’ve compiled a guide to most of the markets operating this summer. Eat well, buy local!

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Local food gets on mountain menus

Brief by Allen Best Food – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine From Whistler to Aspen to Vail, food continues to be at the forefront on the minds of many people in mountain towns. Of great interest in recent years has been the idea of eating local. In the Eagle Valley, where Vail is located, […]

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Downhill pull, part 2

Column by John Mattingly Food – March 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Wheat traded at over $10 a bushel last week. It dipped into the mid-nines during the stock market flurries, but rebounded quickly. Farmers are wondering if these high prices are new tops, or new bottoms.

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The meat was quite good

Letter from Dick Stacy Food – July 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: I enjoyed the essay by Sharon O’Toole on horses (mostly dead ones) in your June edition. I guess that I was surprised about the current status of dead horses and what happens to them. I grew up in a small town in […]

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Eating local hard to practice

Brief by Allen Best Food – January 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Environmentalists for several years have been arguing the virtues of consuming food that is grown locally instead of being hauled 1,600 miles -the average distance between producers and consumers in the United States. But a project underway in Durango illustrates just how difficult […]

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Mountain towns aren’t even close to sustainability

Brief by Allen Best Food – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine While there is a great deal of talk in mountain resorts about “sustainability,” virtually none of them are remotely sustainable. From the tourists who arrive by jet planes to the big logs hauled hundreds of miles to create the “natural” look in homes, […]

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A possible definition for ‘High Country’

Brief by Allen Best Food – September 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine Many enterprises in Colorado use the expression “High Country,” as in High Country News of Paonia and High Country Bank of Salida. However, they have never specified where “high” begins. Does “high” begin at 5,000 feet, 8,000, or 10,000 feet or more?

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A regional answer to the food-supply questions

Column by Hal Walter Food – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine IN MY OTHER PROFESSIONAL LIFE, the one in which I actually make a living off my writing, I’ve spent half a decade researching and writing about food and nutrition. Most of this has been as editor of a newsletter called The Maffetone Report […]

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Sautéed beet tops

Sidebar by Hal Walter Food – September 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine If you live near an agricultural area I highly recommend getting to know an organic farmer. The nutrition and taste simply can’t be beat. And it’s nice to know where at least some of your food comes from.

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