Local Food for the Holidays

The Colorado Department of Agriculture encourages Coloradans to buy local this holiday entertaining season.  Their website includes resources such as a winter farmer’s market list, a Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide, and Colorado Market Maker, an online database for locating Colorado food products.

Farmer’s markets aren’t just for summer.  The Colorado Winter Farmer’s Market List is a directory, divided by county, that lets consumers know where they can buy farm fresh products all year long.  Items for sale at these locations include not only food products, but great gift items like homemade soaps and lotions, wine, and arts and crafts.

The Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide is a similar list but includes additional products such as mail-order gift baskets.  It is divided by type of gift rather than by location.

Colorado Market Maker, www.comarketmaker.com, is a database where you can find restaurants using locally produced food products; food banks; food retailers; production plants; tourism resources; wineries; and more.  You can also search for farmers and ranchers if you are looking to buy specific products.  This resource is primarily aimed at producers to find places to market their products, but consumers can also use the site to get ideas of where to buy these products.

Happy Thanksgiving!