August is Colorado Proud Month for Local Foods

Buy Local During Colorado Proud Month LAKEWOOD, Colo. –

From fresh fruits and vegetables to meats and manufactured foods, Colorado showcases a bounty of local products at grocery stores, farmers’ markets and restaurants across the state. To help promote the state’s food and agricultural products, Governor John Hickenlooper has declared August as Colorado Proud Month.  “It is amazing to see the variety of products we produce here in Colorado,” said John Salazar, Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “August is the perfect time to experience the diversity of Colorado agriculture.”

As part of the month-long celebration of local products, Colorado Proud is partnering with the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund to host the annual “Garden Party at the Governor’s Residence” on August 25th. Open to the public, event attendees will be able to sample food and beverages that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado. Visit www.coloradoshome.org for ticket information.

“Agriculture in an important industry in Colorado, and Colorado Proud helps educate people about the state’s bounty,” said Salazar. “Buying products with the Colorado Proud logo benefits our local farmers, ranchers and processors as well as the state economy.”

Colorado Proud, created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1999, promotes locally grown, raised or processed food and agricultural products to consumers statewide. Currently, the program has more than 1,500 members including growers, processors, restaurants, retailers and associations. 

To find Colorado products, farmers’ markets, a crop calendar, restaurants and recipes, visit www.coloradoproud.org.

Area growers wishing to take part in this year’s Lamar Farm & Crafters Market should contact the Lamar Chamber of Commerce office at 336-4379 for information on bringing your locally grown produce and food items to market in August and September.

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