Staring down the refrigerator again? Want to have a sit-down family meal but have no idea what to cook? Let Relish! make all the decisions for you. Evergreen moms Ann Bender and Karen Hutchinson have devised an online service that offers subscribers weekly menus for fast, healthy meals. They also provide detailed recipes and shopping lists, so getting dinner on the table is easy as pie.
A cooperative of thirteen farms in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, Tres Rios distributes wholesale produce, grains, honey and meats to stores and restaurants out of its Denargo Market warehouse in Denver year-round. But the grassroots organization is also happy to cater to home chefs. Each week it offers boxes of fresh, organic produce and meat to individual consumers, basing the delivered fare on what's in season. Each box runs $25, and Tres Rios certainly doesn't skimp. Foodies, unite.
For those addicted to the charms of the farmers' market, winter comes as a horrible shock. But thanks to Bonnie Smith, such guilty pleasures live on during the gloomy season at Goodness to Go, a tiny store fronting her backroom bakery at Quiche Factory Catering. In snow or sleet, addicts can buy such favorite summer-market treats as Big Mike's barbecue sauces, Loredana's Pestos, Oro Blanco goat cheese and Minnie Beasley's almond-lace cookies. A taste of spring in a bleak, bleak world.


Enstrom's Almond Toffee, arguably Grand Junction's greatest gift to the planet, has had a shop in Cherry Creek North for years. But the company recently moved to a larger space a few doors down. There's now a full-fledged coffee bar, an adjacent Internet-cafe area, and a much broader selection of ice cream, chocolates and other sinful snacks. Yet the store also retains all of the features that have kept fans coming back, including a sample tray of almond toffee that's always temptingly in view. Your waistline may expand just by looking at it, but what a way to grow.

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