Today, at 11 a.m. at the Safeway located at 2150 South Downing, nearly a dozen local farmers from across Colorado will join the state's Agriculture Commissioner to encourage consumers to buy local produce and boost Colorado's economy. As part of "Colorado Proud" month, the growers will sample their locally grown produce and talk to consumers about the importance and freshness of buying Colorado fruits and vegetables. Agriculture Commissioner John Stulp will kick off the program with an outlook of Colorado's growing season, and local farmer Robert Sakata will talk about the 2009 crops and the impact of Colorado's unpredictable weather this year.
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"Our carbon footprint is reduced when we buy locally and all of our dollars stay in this area making all of our jobs and resources sustainable," says Jamey Fader, corporate chef for Big Red F, the local restaurant group that operates Jax Boulder and Denver, Lola, West End Tavern and Centro.
For more about Colorado growers, check out Joel Warner's "Urbavore's Dilemma" web series.