Food & Garden
Pg 8 - The Sunshine Express
2012 May
"An ounce of mother is
worth a pound of clergy."
- Rudyard Kipling
Grow More Food
Backyard Food Production Series
2012 season schedule now available!
Take your garden to a whole new
level with this season-long, 12 session
series. Learn how to grow your own
food - from design and seed starting to
harvest, storage, and preservation. All
classes are taught by local experts - Ex-
tension Agents and Specialists, grow-
ers, and professors - and will give you
the tools to effectively and efficiently
grow lots of food, whether you have a few square
Got Lavender?
feet or a few thousand feet.
CSU Extension in La Plata County is excited to
Lavender Farm Grand Opening, May 12, 9a -6p.
offer this series of 12 evening classes designed to
Come out on Mother's Day weekend and enjoy
help you grow and preserve more food for you
free sampling of Lavender Ice Cream (courtesy
Cinco De Mayo Fun
and your family. The class is held throughout the
of Gelato Junction), Lavender Lemon Cookies,
food production season, starting in Mayand end-
Lavender Lemon Cake and Lemonade. Door prizes
~ Delicious Orchards Opening Day and Cinco de
ing in September. We will have 4 classes in May; 3
and gift certificates provided by local restaurants.
Mayo Members Party, May 5th, 8a-All Day, Deli-
in June; 2 in July; 1 in August; and 2 in September.
Lavender products: lavender infused jams and
cious Orchards, 39126 Highway 133, Paonia.
For class brochure and registration form visit:
honey, lavender plants, lotions, culinary laven-
Coffee and Doughnuts in the Morning and BBQ
der, pottery and we'll have gift wrapping for the
and Music in the afternoon. Join us for our 2nd an-
occasion. Sprigs & Sprouts, Hwy 6, #3669, Near
nual Members appreciation party on May 5th. En-
PHS, Palisade, 970.234.1261
Chicken And More Chicken
joy selections of delectable food from the new cafe
menu. Meet our new head chef, Ed Vaughn. Say
Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, May 18-19.
hello to old friends. Groove to music by Bill Pow-
Join us in beautiful Fruita, Colorado and enjoy
Botanic Garden Delights
ers & Shelly Gray of Honey Don't (and friends).
Chicken, A Huge Car Show, Great Music & Enter-
Call Shawn or Ed at the store: 970.527.1110
tainment, Chicken Dance Contest, Food and Craft
Bloomin' Deals at the Gardens, May 5, 8a-4p,
~ Cinco De Mayo Celebration, May 5, from 10a-
Vendors, More Chicken, the 5k "Run Like a Head-
FREE. A spring festival at the gardens featuring
10p; Street Dance at 6p, Music by Gonzalo. Day
less Chicken", Chicken Games, Eating Contests,
potted plants for sale, cut flowers, vegetables,
activities Free. $2 for Street Dance. Annual Cinco
Mike's Market and more. Great Family Fun. See
demonstrations, entertainment, a kid's area with
de Mayo Celebration hosted by the Latin Anglo
website for the complete schedule. Fruita Civic
friendly animals, food vendors and product ven-
Alliance Foundation. Variety of Entertainment
Center, 325 E Aspen Street, Fruita, www.miketh-
dors selling items of a botanical related nature (i.e.
throughout the day, food craft, info vendors, and
soaps made from local lavender) springtime fun
Kiddy land for kids. Downtown Grand Junction,
Headless chicken schedule:
for the whole family! Western Colorado Botanical
Along Colorado Avenue between 6th & 7th Street,
Friday, May 18
Gardens, 655 Struthers Ave (7th & Riverside Pk-
970.216.6524 or 970.241.5753.
4p-10p, Mike Store, Artisian & Food Vendors Open
way), Gr Jct, 970.245.3288
~ Al Hurricane/Solo's Cinco Hoppin' Fiesta &
5p-6:30p, Entertainment: Destinee Reed
Sunset Stroll Hosted Walks at the Botanical Gar-
Car Show, May 5, from 10a-11p. Car Show, Low-
5p-7p, Bike Rodeo (safety instruction)
dens, May 11, 7:15p. Tickets: Single - $8, Couple -
riders, Kids Games and Bump & Jump, Vendors,
7a-9:30p, Entertainment: Great American Taxi
$15, and Family - $15 for nonmembers; $2 discount
Food, Hispanic Cultural, Live Latin and Hip Hop
Saturday, May 19
per ticket for members. Get some exercise and
R&B Music, Dance Featuring Al Hurricane & Al Jr.
7a-10a, Lions Club Pancake Breakfast- IOOF Hall
view our breathtaking sunsets during one of our
Grupo Impresion, Sangre Nueva, Latin Knights,
on the Circle
monthly walks through October. Each stroll will be
Amanda Perez, DTTX of Lighter Shade of Brown.
7a-3:30p, Mikes May Madness Car Show - Present-
hosted by a Guide from the Gardens and will fol-
Lincoln Park Loop, 12th & Gunnison St, Grand Jct,
ed by KOOL 107.9
low the Colorado River on both the Riverfront Trail
7a-8:30a, Mike 5k Run - Race Day Regestration
and primitive nature trails on the river's banks.
~ Cinco de Mayo Celebration From Pagosa
9a, Mike 5k Run/Walk
Each participant will receive a free garden souve-
Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, May 5. Cel-
9a-10p, Mike Store, Artisian & Food Vendors Open
nir. After the stroll drop in for Stroll specials and
ebrate Cinco de Mayo with us at the Ross Aragon
9a-5p, Public Voting on Quilt Entries @ Arts and
discounts from our South 7th Street neighbors, Los
Community Center. Dance, Music, Food and Fun.
Culture Board Booth
Reyes Restaurant, Enstrom's, and Blue Moon Bar &
21 and over event. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at
9a-8p, Mike's Backyard Games (Free)
Grill. Meet in front of the gift shop.
the door. 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Pagosa Springs,
10a-3p, Mike's Disc Golf Tournament @ Snooks
Sunset Stroll is also scheduled for: June 8 - 7:30;
July 13 - 7:45, August 10 - 7:15, September 14 - 6:30,
10a-3p, Mike's Dirt Jump Competition @ Fruita
& October 12 - 5:30. Western Colorado Botanical
Bike Park
Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave., Gr Jct, 970.245.3288
11:30a-2p, Entertainment: Stray Grass
1p-5p, Headless Mike's Bicycle Poker Ride
2:30p-4p, Peep Eating
and Wing Eating Contest
4:00p-6:30p, Entertain-
ment: Jack + Jill
Visit All Three
6:30p-7:30p, Car Show
Awards - Presented by
Wine, Buffalo and Chocolate Mother's Day Trail.
Blue Dots Car Club,
Saturday, May 12, 11a-5p, Hotchkiss, Colorado
Good Egg Awards
Bring mom along for a free tour outside of Hotch-
- Presented by Chick-
kiss. Taste great wines, sample a little good food
fil-A, Disc Golf Tourna-
and meet the wine makers and farmers. Gifts and
ment Awards, Bicycle
goodies for you and mom! Take the tour, visit all
Poker Ride Awards,
three stops.
Dirt Jumps Competition
- Leroux Creek Vineyards, 12388 3100 RD. Hotch-
Awards, 5K Run Awards
kiss, Wine tasting, handmade local chocolates by
- Top Male and Female,
Yvon, Leroux Creek Spa products and gift items,
Peep Eating and Wing
Yvon's Terrine & Pate
Eating Contest awards.
- Liliputian Winery, 31424 HWY 92, Hotchkiss,
7:20p, Mike's Presiden-
Wine tasting, Local, handmade truffles.
tial Campaign Speech
- High Wire Ranch, 27497 Buffalo Rd., Hotchkiss,
7:30p-9:30p, Entertain-
Buffalo and Elk sausage / meat tasting, Farm Tours,
ment: Williams Brothers
Meet the animals, Wine Tasting by Steve Rhodes,
Steve Rhodes Vineyards. For info 970.872.3019