Colorado Proud — buy summer’s bounty locally

Colorado Proud was developed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to help Coloradans identify and purchase Colorado food and agricultural products. Purchasing products grown or produced in Colorado keeps the state’s economy strong and guarantees freshness. Whether you’re at the grocery store, a farmers’ market or a restaurant, look for the mountain and sun Colorado Proud label and ask for Colorado products wherever you are. Check out these eight reasons to buy locally.

• Enjoy seasonal diversity — Experience seasonal and regional favorites such as Palisade peaches, Rocky Ford melons and Olathe sweet corn.

• From the field to your fridge — Instead of traveling an average of 1,500 miles from the farm to your plate, local produce is harvested and delivered immediately. Spending less time in transport means fresh products that retain more of their nutritional value.

• Savor the flavor — Since local products don’t need to travel far, produce is allowed to ripen on the trees and in the fields ensuring the best flavor.

• Support the local economy — Buying local maintains jobs, sustains family farms and ranches, and contributes nearly $16 billion to the state economy annually.

• Learn about your food — Local farmers and ranchers are right here in your backyard! They are readily available to answer questions about their fresh products.

• Preserve our heritage — The beauty of farms and ranches enriches the Colorado landscape and supports the state’s Western heritage.

• Invest in the future — Buying local preserves the strength and character of communities for generations to come.

• Preserve open space and wildlife habitat — Buying local is better for the environment because it helps keep farms and ranches profitable, thereby maintaining open space and wildlife habitat.

Pick up your copy of Colorado Farm Fresh at the Extension Office to learn where you can find locally grown products.

Fun in the Sun Day Camp

Archuleta County Extension along with the 4-H program presents the fourth Fun in the Sun Summer Day Camp June 15-19. This fun-filled summer day camp will be held at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The Summer Day Camp is open to any youth (not just 4-H, so bring your cousins and friends) ages 8 to 13 years old. A wide variety of classes is offered for all types of kids. The cost of the Summer Day Camp is $120 for first-timers, $100 for current 4-H members, and $100 for those campers returning from last year. This includes lunch, snacks, crafts and all “Fun-Shop” materials needed, camp T-shirt, etc. Camp size is limited to 40 campers so we recommend registering early to get the classes that you want.

For information regarding the registration form or for more information on camp, contact Sandy at 264-5931.

Calendar

June 11 — Noon, Mountain View Homemakers.

June 12 — 2 p.m., Rabbit project.

June 12 — 2:15 p.m., Wolf Creek Wonders Club meeting.

June 12 — 3 p.m., Turkey project.

June 12 — 3:45 p.m., Poultry project.

June 13 — 10 a.m., Dog Obedience and Agility project.

June 15 — 9 a.m., Fun in the Sun Day Camp.

June 15 — 6:30 p.m., Back Country Horsemen.

June 16 — 9 a.m., Fun in the Sun Day Camp.

June 17 — 9 a.m., Fun in the Sun Day Camp.

June 18 — 9 a.m., Fun in the Sun Day Camp.

June 18 — 6 p.m., Dog Obedience and Agility project.

June 19 — 9 a.m., Fun in the SUN Day Camp.

Check out our Web page at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.