11/26/2018 Buy Local for Holiday Gifts and Meals

November 26, 2018
Contact: Wendy White, (303) 869-9174, wendy.white@state.co.us
Buy Local for Holiday Gifts and Meals
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Although sweet and juicy summer produce may be a distant memory, Colorado also offers a variety of products perfect for holiday gifts and meals. Many Colorado farmers are extending their growing seasons, and farmers’ markets are moving indoors for the fall and winter.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Winter Farmers’ Market List provides information about markets statewide. Additional online resources include the Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide and Colorado Christmas Tree List, which help connect holiday shoppers with local producers.
“It is amazing the variety of items that are available year-round from Colorado producers,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Look for the Colorado Proud logo when shopping for food and agricultural products for the holidays.”
The Winter Farmers’ Market List includes markets offering special holiday events and winter hours. The Colorado Food & Agriculture Gift Guide features locally-made salsas, jams, culinary seasonings, alpaca socks, sweets and more. The gift guide highlights the faces behind local food and product manufacturers, who want you to buy local this holiday season. The Christmas Tree List identifies locations where individuals can find the perfect tree for their families including u-cut operations and information on cutting trees in national forests.
Visit www.coloradoproud.org to find online holiday resources. Find Colorado products year-round at www.comarketmaker.com.
Colorado Proud was created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1999 to promote locally grown, raised or processed food and agricultural products to consumers statewide. Currently, the program has more than 2,500 members that include growers, processors, restaurants and retailers. For more information, visit www.coloradoproud.org.