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Food & Garden
2013 November
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
Make CO Agriculture Part of Family Traditions
Autumn has arrived and it¡¯s time to plan fall
vacations, family meals, and holiday gatherings.
Colorado agriculture can be a part of your fam-
ily¡¯s traditions this year.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture offers
a wide variety of online resources to connect you
with agritourism activities and local foods. Visit to find the Colo-
rado Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch List, Colorado
Proud Restaurant Guide and Colorado Food &
Agriculture Gift Guide.
¡°Harvest continues in Colorado with great local
foods and fun activities,¡± said Wendy White,
marketing specialist for the Colorado Department
of Agriculture. ¡°Whether you are looking to find
that perfect pumpkin, get lost in a maze,
Online Ag Resource Available
The 39th Annual Sugar Plum Festival in Gun-
nison is a prime stop for handmade gifts and
decorations on Nov. 23 at the Fred R. Field West-
ern Heritage Center. An annual holiday event
with foods, crafts, music and holiday fun for the
whole family. Santa will be available from 9a-3p,
and the Boy Scouts will be serving breakfast and
lunch. For more information, call 970.641.6931.
Christmas tree cutting
Or, you can visit the
individual websites
for your area of inter-
est, with all of the
details needed, using
the interactive map
available at: www.
The green areas on the
interactive state map
show the boundaries
of the 11 national for-
ests and two national
grasslands within
Colorado. To view
Christmas Tree Pro-
gram cutting informa-
tion for US Forest Ser-
vice lands located in
Colorado, move your
cursor over a national
forest or grassland
you are interested in.
Once you are on top of
the national forest or
grassland, a filled-in
map outline and tool
tip will appear (the
map outlines may be
slow to load, please be
patient). Click the cur-
sor on the green map
outline and a link will
open to that national
forest or grassland¡¯s
Christmas Tree Pro-
gram - Cutting Infor-
mation webpage.
Are you hungry? Come on down...
**Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov 28,
NOON-2p, LaPlata County Fairgrounds, Duran-
go. FREE. Everyone is welcome.
**Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov 28,
11a-3p, Freindship Hall, Montrose County Fair-
grounds, 1001 N 2nd St, Montrose, 970.964.2180
**Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov 28, 1-5p, Commu-
nity Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat, Join
us for a Thanksgiving Dinner organized for the
community by Routt County United Way.
Sugar Plum Festival Returns
Rocky Mtn Region Christmas Tree Program
Cutting a Christmas tree in a national forest is a
tradition for many residents of the Rocky Moun-
tain Region. In doing so, you take an active
part in managing your national forests as you
celebrate your own family¡¯s holiday tradition.
Christmas tree cutting permits are generally
available from most US Forest Service offices
throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Call the
office of the closest Ranger District to the area
you want to cut in to verify that they are offering
Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Lavender Shoppe Open House
Come and enjoy a special open house celebra-
tion for The Lavender Shoppe at Shabby Chic¡¯,
2586 Patterson, Grand Junction, on Saturday,
Nov 9, from 10a-4p. Join the fun throughout the
day for refreshments, prizes & samples.
Free 20 minute lavender presentations on ¡®Es-
sential Oils and Hydrosols¡¯, by Barbara Lucks,
Educator and AromaTherapist, Oasis Botanica.
Kathy Kimbrough, Garden Designer at Garden
Scentsations, will present on the best ways to
use lavender in the home garden.
Lida Lafferty, Editor of Spike It With Lavender
cookbook, will discuss using lavender with food
& drinks, and a Lavender Consultant will also
be available to answer general questions about
lavender plants and products. For more infor-
mation call 970.314.7278. See you there!
¡°Grace isn¡¯t a little prayer you chant
before receiving a meal. It¡¯s a way to
live.¡± - Jackie Windspear
World¡¯s Best Choco-chip Cookies
Celebrate opening day at Beaver Creek and
round out the day before Thanksgiving by
munching on warm chocolate chip cookies!
The tenth annual Beaver Creek Chocolate Chip
Cookie Competition takes place Opening Day
of the 2013-2014 winter season, Nov 27th, where
the top five recipes will compete for bragging
rights as the official ¡°Worlds best Chocolate Chip
Cookie¡± for 2014.
Five finalists will be selected by November 1 and
will come back to Beaver Creek to serve 1,000
cookies on November 27th. Hungry Skiers and
riders will vote and pick the top chocolate chip
cookie. Public judging begins at 2p on the Beaver
Creek Plaza.
Free Chocolate!
Chocolate Tasting in Steamboat Springs
Join the Steamboat community for this Small
Business Saturday Event - ¡®Shop Small¡¯. Through-
out downtown merchants will be enticing
shoppers to check out their stores for the holiday
season by offering tastes of chocolate goodies.
Look for the ¡°Chocolate Tasting Here¡± posters in
the windows of participating merchants. Lincoln
Ave, Steamboat Springs, Hosted By Steamboat
Community Events, 877.754.2269, Saturday, No-
vember 30, 10a-4p, Free.
Parade Of Gingerbread Homes
10th Annual Gingerbread House Competition
Warm up inside of Ford Hall on November 29
and see the best gingerbread creations from the
professional, amateur and children¡¯s divisions at
the Gingerbread House Competition benefiting
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
Doors will be open to the public at 4p and win-
ners from each division will be announced during
the Christmas Tree Lighting. Silent Auction ends
at 7:15 and remember, all proceeds benefit Court
Appointed Special Advocates of the Continental
Divide. Help ¡®build the way to better lives for
children¡¯ this holiday season!
or start your holiday
shopping early, we
have the resources you
Online resources
include a list featuring
corn mazes across the
state as well as harvest
festivals and pumpkin
patches. The site also
lists farmers¡¯ markets,
bird watching trails,
wineries, agricultural
festivals, ranch vaca-
tions, local restaurants,
holiday gift ideas and
For more information,
visit www.coloradoag- or call
Harvest A Forest Christmas Tree