Food – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:37:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Food Coalition shifts to emergency action due to pandemic http://www.pagosasun.com/food-coalition-shifts-to-emergency-action-due-to-pandemic/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:37:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200511 By Pauline Benetti
Special to The SUN
What does it look like when a community mobilizes to confront an emergency? Archuleta County is doing that right now and this is what it looks like. The county, the town, medical facilities, food pantries, Archuleta School District, the Chamber of Commerce, many businesses and most of the county’s nonprofit organizations have all shifted into high gear.
This is about one of those community efforts. The Archuleta Food Systems Food Equity Coalition (Food Coalition) received a grant last fall to conduct a local food assessment and develop an implementation plan. The Food Coalition was using a community engagement approach to assess the local food supply/system with an eye toward reducing food insecurity and thus was in a good position to shift into emergency action as we entered into the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The Food Coalition functions as an organizing and coordinating agent and had already helped create working groups for the community food assessment/planning. The first among these being the Food Pantry Team, which has grown during the emergency food work to include all Archuleta food pantries — Amazing Grace Church, Community United Methodist Church, Pope John Paul II Catholic Church, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Restoration Fellowship Church and TARA Community Center (Arboles).
Food pantries have traditionally served the members of our community who need access to foods and supplies at no cost to them. They are now in overdrive to increase the supply of food available through their sites and to develop safe processes for distribution. Monetary donations to allow for targeted food purchases can be mailed to: P.O. Box 300, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.
The community is also encouraged to donate nonperishables on a regular basis during this emergency time. Donation food boxes are set up at the UPS Store and Pagosa Brewing uptown. The list of items requested by the food pantries is available at foodcoalition4archuleta.weebly.com.
The Food Coalition, in partnership with the Senior Center, is working to connect seniors and other at-risk community members with food resources. A need was identified for a system that would receive and respond to both food donation calls and requests for food and shopping assistance for homebound members of our community. Those calls will come through the Archuleta County Call Center and be routed to volunteers who will then gather information from the callers to help respond to food needs appropriately.
In conjunction with this service, Meals on Wheels, Wilderness Journeys, Archuleta County’s Mountain Express Transit and Visiting Angels are working together on the transportation/delivery system of this emergency food work. Individuals supporting this work will be offered training in personal safety and safe food handling. Additionally, the Food Coalition is working with the Pagosa Baking Company to establish a restaurant-food pantry partnership that will add to the food supply in this emergency and that would serve as a model for future efforts in food waste prevention and resource recovery.
The Growers of Archuleta County is a second Food Coalition working group. This group is working to increase local production of food through several channels. Growers in the county who have green houses have been contacted and are in a unique position of being able to plant extra produce right now and are being encouraged to do so. County backyard growers and farmers and ranchers are being contacted to plant extra food when the season arrives. Information regarding safe handling and transportation resources for moving food to the different food pantries is in process right now and will be supplied to the growers.
Other Food Coalition groups that are actively engaged in the food work include the Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS), Communities Group (Arboles and Aspen Springs) and the Youth Rise class at Pagosa Springs High School. These groups contributed to the community food assessment work and, since COVID-19, have adapted their involvement in response to the needs of the community.
During this time, clear communication in our county is critical to keep our community informed and up to date as we respond to this rapidly changing situation. The county is working on communications with the community starting with the Archuleta County Call Center at 422-7084. This call center can connect community members with resources and agencies that can help answer questions.
Of course, calls for medical assistance should always go to 911 or to individual medical providers; and other needs (food shopping, building food boxes, securing food and supplies, fundraising, outreach, covering phone line for food related support) can now be directed to a central Archuleta County Call Center at 422-7084 and will be routed to the appropriate agency or individual.
Finally, the Food Coalition website — foodcoalition4archuleta.weebly.com — includes the Archuleta County Call Center number, 422-7084, an emergency food request form, a volunteer form and information regarding supportive services offered by food pantries (with a list of needed foods), schools, Senior Center and the Department of Human Services. Requests will be routed to the appropriate agency or individual.
There are many ways that one can become engaged in community emergency work. We invite those who choose to donate funds toward these efforts to contact us at fsfearchuleta@gmail.com to learn how their funds can be used to support those involved in securing food and related supplies in response to identified and emergent needs.

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Food pantry updates and ways you can help those in need http://www.pagosasun.com/food-pantry-updates-and-ways-you-can-help-those-in-need-2/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200198 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, local food pantries are stressed for supplies, but remain open.
Many local food pantry representatives have urged members of the public to donate food if they wish to help those in need in the community.
Food pantries
• St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. is operating its food pantry on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will receive curbside service.
Local residents can donate food in barrels on the side of Parish Hall.
Food donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday except for Thursday.
• Community United Methodist Church at 434 Lewis St. is running its food pantry on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. These hours are subject to change. The pantry is operating as a curbside service.
A community fund that will aid multiple food pantries has also been created to bolster offerings at Amazing Grace Community Church, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and Community United Methodist Church.
Both monetary donations to the fund and food donations can be made at 434 Lewis St.
Church representatives recommend donating food, money or sanitary supplies to help those in need.
• Amazing Grace Community Church at 77 Navajo Circle in Aspen Springs operates its food pantry on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays during the same hours. Curbside service is available.
• Loaves and Fishes at 451 Lewis St. offers free lunch on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Because of COVID-19, the lunch is currently carryout only.
• John Paul II Catholic Church at 353 S. Pagosa Blvd. is offering a food pantry on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon with curbside service only. Food donations are accepted just inside the church.
• Restoration Fellowship Church at 264 Village Drive has a food pantry on Sundays from noon to 1:30 p.m.
“Then we have a Monthly Food Distribution Program that is seperate from our food pantry,” an email to The SUN from Leah Smucker, office administrator for the church, reads. “It is a government program that we host called TEFAP and it happens at our church every 3rd Monday of the month the times for that are 11:30am-2pm.”
Restoration Fellowship’s food pantry offerings are by appointment only.
Diapers and baby formula
• Aspire Medical Services and Education at 602 S. 8th St. has diapers and formula to give to those in need.
Aspire is also accepting donations of diapers, as well as formula that is not expired.
Some local businesses that are also accepting food donations to the local food bank are the uptown UPS Store and Pagosa Brewing and Grill.
Generally, Aspire is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but call first at 264-5963; they are not accepting walk-ins for diaper and formula giveaways.
Wilderness Journeys is also working with local food pantries to coordinate some food delivery, but suggested that local residents contact their local food pantry, and Wilderness Journeys directly, to set up the details.

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It’s always the right time of year for fresh apple pie http://www.pagosasun.com/its-always-the-right-time-of-year-for-fresh-apple-pie/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:00:18 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199990 Special to The PREVIEW
Certain foods are synonymous with particular holidays or times of year. For example, few people can imagine celebrating Valentine’s Day without ample supplies of chocolate on hand. And what summer barbecue is complete without grilled hot dogs and hamburgers? While these foods and others are must-haves during certain times of the year, that doesn’t mean they cannot be enjoyed whenever a craving arises.
Apples, and particularly apple pie, are a staple of many holiday season celebrations. But apple pie is just as delicious in March, April, May, etc., as it is during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s especially true when the apples are fresh. Whether yours is a seasonal or nonseasonal craving for apple pie, be sure to satisfy it with this recipe for “French Apple Pie” from Mollie Cox Bryan’s “Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies” (Ten Speed Press).
French Apple Pie
Makes one 9-inch pie
1 recipe plain pie pastry (see below)
Raisin filling
2/3 cup raisins
6 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 apples (preferably a tart variety)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
Icing
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon butter, softened
To make the raisin filling, combine the raisins, water and lemon juice in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally until the raisins are plump, about 15 minutes.
Separately, combine the corn syrup, flour and sugar and mix well, then add to the raisins and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until thick and syrupy, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool until the mixture is just warm, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a 9-inch pie plate with 1 rolled-out crust.
Peel the apples, cut them into thin wedges, and put them in a large bowl. Separately, combine the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch, then add to the apples and gently stir until evenly mixed.
Spread the apple mixture in the crust in an even layer, then spread the raisin filling evenly over the apples. Brush the rim of the crust with water, cover with the second rolled-out crust, seal and flute or crimp the edges, and cut a steam vent in the center.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 1 to 2 hours, until completely cool.
To make the icing, combine the sugar and water and mix well. Add the butter and mix until smooth. Brush over the top of the cooled pie before serving.
Plain Pie Pastry
Makes two 9-inch pie crusts
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
5 to 7 tablespoons cold milk
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until it is the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the milk over part of the flour mixture. Gently toss with a fork and push to the side of the bowl. Sprinkle another tablespoon of milk over another dry part, toss with a fork and push to the side of the bowl. Repeat with the remaining milk until all of the flour mixture is moistened.
Press the dough together to form 2 equal balls, then flatten into disks. Roll out the crusts right away, or wrap the dough tightly, smoothing out any little wrinkles or air pockets and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Use a light touch and handle the dough as little as possible.

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Create family memories with cookies http://www.pagosasun.com/create-family-memories-with-cookies/ Tue, 24 Mar 2020 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199655 Special to The PREVIEW
Oatmeal is a versatile ingredient found in desserts, breakfast foods, savory dishes and so much more. While it is enjoyed in many different dishes, for cookie lovers, oatmeal shines brightest in cookie recipes.
Homemade cookies not only fill the kitchen with delicious aromas, they are a comfort food prepared and enjoyed with others. Many recipes are even passed down among generations. This recipe for “Pecan Toffee Oatmeal Cookies” from Laurie McNamara’s “Simply Scratch: 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy” could become a family favorite in no time.
Pecan Toffee Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 3 dozen cookies
1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 cup toffee pieces
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing and scraping down the sides of the bowl after adding each egg. Gradually add the flour mixture until just combined.
With the mixer on low, stir in the oats, pecans and toffee bits.
Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, measure out the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway during bake time for even baking.
Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before using a spatula to transfer to a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining dough.
These cookies are extra delicious when served warm.

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Family Night http://www.pagosasun.com/family-night/ Mon, 23 Mar 2020 11:00:40 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199761

Photos: Chris Mannara and Kendra Bridges

Pagosa Springs Elementary School families enjoy a night of dancing, eating and quality time at The Stars of Fine Arts Family Night on March 11. Families and students enjoyed the sights and sounds of the local book fair and were also treated to a dinner served by teachers.

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Food pantry updates and ways you can help those in need http://www.pagosasun.com/food-pantry-updates-and-ways-you-can-help-those-in-need/ Sat, 21 Mar 2020 11:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199743 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, most food pantries and related services still remain open.
Some services have changed how they distribute food, with some switching to drive-up only options.
The most common advice to help those in need from the local food pantries: Donate food.
Many of the food pantries are running low on supplies due to excess demand, and food can be dropped off at various donation sites around the county.
Food pantries
• St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. is operating its food pantry on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will receive curbside service.
Representatives from St. Patrick’s explained that the food they have available to give out is much less than normal and encourage local residents to donate food to barrels on the side of St. Patrick’s Parish Hall.
Food donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday except for Thursday.
• Community United Methodist Church at 434 Lewis St. is running its food pantry on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Representatives from the church explained that they will most likely run out of food rations for this week, they guessed around Wednesday afternoon, due to increased demand.
A community fund that will aid multiple food pantries has also been created to bolster offerings at Amazing Grace Community Church, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and Community United Methodist Church.
Both monetary donations to the fund and food donations can be made at 434 Lewis St.
Church representatives recommend donating food, money or sanitary supplies to help those in need.
• Amazing Grace Community Church at 77 Navajo Circle in Aspen Springs has operates its food pantry on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday during the same hours.
Pastor Mark Disbrow explained that food disbursements will occur as normal and if someone feels sick or has flu-like symptoms to stay in their car and either call or flag someone down to receive curbside service.
• Loaves and Fishes at 451 Lewis St. offers free lunch on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Because of COVID-19, the lunch is now carryout only.
• John Paul II Catholic Church at 353 S. Pagosa Blvd. has canceled its food assistance program until March 31, though is still accepting food donations just inside the church.
• Restoration Fellowship Church at 264 Village Drive is listed on Archuleta County’s website as having a food pantry on Sundays at noon and on the third Monday of the month from noon to 2 p.m.
The SUN could not confirm the pantry is still in operation by press time Wednesday.
Diapers and baby formula
Aspire Medical Services and Education at 602 S. 8th St. has diapers and formula to give to those in need.
While the giveaway is marketed to participants who take classes at the facility, anyone can stop by to receive diapers and formula if they are in need.
Aspire is also accepting donations of diapers, as well as formula that is not expired.

 

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The Knights of Columbus fish fry http://www.pagosasun.com/the-knights-of-columbus-fish-fry/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:00:21 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199652

Photo courtesy G. Margiotta

The Knights of Columbus annual Lenten fish fry has been canceled. Don Heitkamp and Mark Bergon made the sign announcing the cancellation.

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Knights of Columbus fish fry http://www.pagosasun.com/knights-of-columbus-fish-fry/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:42:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199236

Photos: Terri House and Gene Tautges

Scene … at the annual Knights of Columbus fish fry. The annual Friday evening Lenten tradition features not only tasty catfish, hand-cut french fries and more, but also the chance to visit with family and friends, and help community programs.

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St. Patrick’s Irish Festival to be a celebration with music and fun http://www.pagosasun.com/st-patricks-irish-festival-to-be-a-celebration-with-music-and-fun/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 11:00:47 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198571

Photo courtesy Sally Neel
Everyone gets in on the act at the St Patrick’s Episcopal Church Irish Festival, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free fun and free food. Leashed dogs are welcome, along with their Irish-loving humans.

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
The public is invited to join in the celebration as St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church brings its annual Irish Festival to life Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot.
The day of free activities and free food promises the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, 30 vendors with booths filled with enchanted treasures, activities for the kids, fly-casting and fly-tying lessons, bagpipes, dancing and a concert of Irish music provided by The NightSong Trio.
The NightSong Trio — with Jessica Peterson on flute, Heidi Tanner on violin and Sally Neel at the piano — will play two 30-minute concerts filled with your favorite Irish tunes. Their music will be performed in the church at 12:30 p.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. In addition to the trio, following the parade, there will be more lively jigs provided by St. Patrick’s new bagpipe band, accompanied by its own Irish dancers.
The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and will stretch from one end of the parking lot to the other. The parade will include the bagpipe band, an honor guard, a hook-and-ladder fire truck (unless it is needed elsewhere), a trash truck, with the parade flanked by the St. Patrick’s float featuring St. Patrick himself (who bears a remarkable resemblance to Fr. Doug Neel) and any children who would like to ride along. Others who wish to participate in the parade are invited to line up on the north end of the parking lot at 11:20 a.m.
There will be free face painting and crafts provided for children. Free food and (nonalcoholic) drinks includes brats and chips, lemonade and coffee in the parish hall. Beer and Irish coffee also will be for sale for $5 (ID required) for those who want to celebrate with libations.
For those who enjoy the beautiful lakes and rivers in and around Pagosa Springs, the St. Patrick’s Men’s Group will be selling raffle tickets ($20 each) for your chance to win one of three great fly-fishing gear prizes. First prize is a Sage 4-piece, 5 weight MOD rod and a Ross Animas 4/5 reel, line and case. Second prize is 5 weight, 9-foot rod, reel, line and case (kit). Third prize is a $300 gift certificate. The drawing will be held on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m.
“These are terrific prizes for three lucky winners,” said Neel, fly-fishing aficionado. “The money from the raffle will go towards local charities supported by St. Patrick’s. If you need help with your casting technique, the festival will include free casting lessons along with a free fly-tying class. So, for those interested in this wonderful sport, we’ve got you covered.”
For the bookworms, there will be a prefestival used book sale in the church library from 8 to 10:30 a.m. There has been a large influx of used books to spark the interest of every sort of reader. If you are a lover of mysteries, romantic novels, how-to books, history books, cookbooks or children’s books, this is a wonderful time to stock up on some great finds. Paperbacks are only 25 cents and hardbacks are $1. No need to be without a great book to read. Come early and take advantage of this great book sale.
“We have a record number of vendors this year,” said Lynne McCrudden. “We have everything from jewelry, spices and soaps to information booths to inform you about how you can become one of the many Pagosa Springs volunteers. With our new expanded parking lot, there will be plenty of room to enjoy the many planned activities.”
The Irish Festival is public celebration, free of charge. However, if you would like to help supply food for the hungry in Archuleta County, your canned food donations or monetary donations will be gratefully received. All proceeds will benefit the many charitable organizations supported by St. Patrick’s, including its own food box ministry.
St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. For more information on the event or to find out how you can be involved, call 731-5801. Free parking will be provided in the hospital parking lot (please do not park in the emergency lot), next door to the church.

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St. Patrick’s Irish Festival a time for shamrocks and fun http://www.pagosasun.com/st-patricks-irish-festival-a-time-for-shamrocks-and-fun/ Sun, 01 Mar 2020 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198155

Photo courtesy Sally Neel
St Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., is preparing for this year’s annual Irish Festival, set for March 14 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes the World’s Shortest St Patrick’s Day Parade.

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church’s Irish Festival is promising to be a joyful celebration for the entire family. The day will include more than 20 vendor booths, free food and nonalcoholic drinks (beer and Irish coffee available for $5 — identification required), a snowman contest, free face painting and crafts for the kids, free fly-tying and fly casting classes, free Irish music entertainment by NightSong Trio, and the debut of St. Patrick’s bagpipe band and dancers.
The morning will be kicked off with the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a parade that stretches from one end of the parking lot to the other. The parade will be led by a color guard from the church’s Venture Crew, the new St. Patrick’s bagpipe band and dancers, and a float with St. Patrick himself (aka Fr. Doug Neel). Also included in the parade will be a fire truck, an ambulance and a trash truck. Children are invited to ride on the float with St. Patrick. Others who wish to march in the parade are asked to line up at the north end of the parking lot by 11:20 a.m. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Warning: Don’t be late or you’ll miss it.
Free spaces are still available for vendors, but please call Lynne McCrudden at 731-5801 to reserve a spot as soon as possible. The entire event is free of charge, though donations of nonperishables such as canned goods, 1-pound bags of rice, peanut butter, jelly, cereal or Hamburger Helper for the church’s foodbank ministry will be gratefully received.
“The point of the festival is to provide a fun event for our community in celebration of our patron saint, St. Patrick,” said Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “We are not out to make a profit for the church. We appreciate all donations to benefit our outreach ministries, however, as this money will go directly back into helping members of the community.”
So, start assembling your most outlandish St. Patrick’s costume and join the fun. The festival begins at 11 a.m. in the church parking lot and will end at 2 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Parking will be made available at the hospital parking lot and at John Paul II Catholic Church located on either side of the church. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. The event will take place snow or shine, so make your plans to join in the fun.

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