‘Pop-up picnic’ set for Friday in Glenwood
Choose Colorado Proud is “popping up” at the Glenwood Springs Safeway on Friday to offer residents fresh, locally grown produce samples.
The pop-up picnic event to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Grand Avenue is one of 20 such events throughout Colorado, all about harnessing the enthusiasm of “buy local.”
Colorado Proud was founded in 1999, but the pop-up picnic concept is being rolled out for the first time this year.
Wendy White, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s marketing specialist, said that Colorado Proud was happy to bring the pop-up picnic to Glenwood.
The aim is to educate people on produce picking, and to offer tips and recipes, White said. The produce offered depends on what’s in season, but she noted that cherries would be there.
Since Colorado Proud is part of the Department of Agriculture, its receives a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
“We’re not really a farmer’s market,” White noted.
Colorado Proud is bringing in turf grass, reusable grocery bags and temporary tattoos for kids.
Also on site could be a chef from the Colorado Chefs Association for a showcase, or a farmer to offer tips.
According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, food and agriculture is a key industry for the state, generating more than $40 billion a year. Colorado exports more than $2 billion a year to countries worldwide.
For more information on the event, people can go to coloradoproud.org.
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