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Food & Garden
2013 October
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
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Colorado Hydroponics & Organics in Montrose,
your authorized retailer for all of your growing
needs, both indoors and outdoors, has moved,
and is now open in a brand new location at 2731
Commercial Way Unit 4, which is just across the
street from their previous location.
Still providing all of your favorite gardening
supplies, Colorado Hydroponics & Organics in
it¡¯s new location now provides even more, from
lights to nutrients, from hydroponics supplies to
soil, even greenhouses.
¡°We pride ourselves on quality products and
quality service, and we intend to continue pro-
viding all the products that our customers want
and the service they¡¯ve come to rely on,¡± said
Skye Reid, Assistant Manager/Plant Whisperer.
With products from Hydrofarm, Sunlight Sup-
ply, Age Old Organics, Roots Organics, BWGS,
ExHale, Humboldt Wholesale, Soul Synthetics,
Mad Farmer, Cutting Edge Solutions, Advanced
Nutrients, R&M Supply, TrimBins, EZ Trim
and more, they have everything you need to get
started growing indoors and outdoors.
Colorado Hydroponics & Organics is also the
exclusive supplier of TeaCo Biological Supply
Living Compost Tea designed to feed the soil.
Colorado Hydro Continues To Grow
the doors daily. We
also sell a lot of our
premium soils because
we only store ours
indoors, to prevent
molds, pests and bad bacteria growth,¡± noted
Colorado Hydroponics & Organics has an ex-
perienced and well trained staff that is familiar
with all gardening styles, will answer all of your
gardening questions, and assist you with all of
your gardening needs.
According to Reid, ¡°The new location is more
visible, with better parking, and we feel like the
new store has a homier feel to it. It just feels like
a better fit for us. We can¡¯t wait to see you at
the new store and we¡¯d love to hear what you
To get to Colorado Hydroponics & Organ-
ics¡¯ new location, go to South Townsend in
Montrose and turn west on Commercial way
by McDonald¡¯s, then turn left into the Rogan
Centre between Quality Inn and NUVISTA. You
can reach Colorado Hydroponics & Organics
by phone at 970.252.7450 and you can also visit
them at their website online at:
The plant sale is from
9a-1p, and the auction
itself begins at 10a. The
Colorado State Univer-
sity Master Gardeners
are very pleased to have
local auctioneer Buster
Cattles return as our auc-
tioneer at the sixteenth
annual Tree Auction and
Plant Sale, held Saturday
October 5 at the Mesa
County Extension of-
fice on the fairgrounds.
Proceeds benefit the
Tri River Area Master
Gardener Program.
Master Gardeners will
be present to discuss the
plants and fall planting
techniques. There will be
snacks and a ¡®free table¡¯
(donations gratefully ac-
A new event this year
will be a ¡®U-Dig-It¡¯ sale,
from 7:30-9:30a, at the
Arboretum, adjacent
to the Extension office.
In consideration of the
Mesa County Fair-
grounds Master Plan,
we will be reducing the
inventory of perennial
plants including laven-
der, columbine, yarrow,
salvia, and more. This
¡®one-time-only¡¯ event is
a chance to dig up some
real bargains. Plants will
be priced according to size and sold on a ¡®all sales
final¡¯ basis. Please bring a shovel and containers
as there will be a limited supply of plastic pots
Please come join the fun, enjoy our beautiful
gardens, support this worthy cause, and pick up
some great additions for your landscape. For fur-
ther information, contact the Master Gardeners at
970.244.1836. See more at:
A Family Friendly Party
Tree Auction and
Plant Sale
Annual Harvest Party at Rock Bottom Ranch
Join ACES on Saturday Oct 19, from 12p-5p, to
celebrate fall at Rock Bottom Ranch with a truly
unique event for the whole valley! This family
friendly party features lunch by Smoke Modern
BBQ, live music by Out of Bounds String Band,
and beer and wine.
Guests of all ages will enjoy pumpkin carving,
apple cider pressing, farm tours, face painting,
traditional ranch games, dancing, a silent auction
and more.
Event ticket sales and silent auction will benefit
ACES in-school environmental science classes
at Aspen Elementary School, Basalt Elementary
School, and new this school year, Crystal River
Elementary School in Carbondale, as well as
hands-on science exploration and field trips for
42 regional schools in the valley.
This is a car-free event! Please bike or walk down
the Rio Grande Trail to RBR when possible. Free
shuttles to Rock Bottom Ranch can be picked up
every 15 mins at the Basalt Park & Ride or the
Crown Mountain Park & Ride.
YIELD: 4 pints PREP TIME: 30 minutes COOK
6 1/2 pounds apples, peeled, cored & sliced;
1C sugar; 1C light brown sugar, lightly packed;
1 Tbsp cinnamon; 1/2 tsp nutmeg; 1/4 tsp cloves;
1/4 tsp salt; 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1. Place apples in a slow cooker. In a med bowl,
combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and
salt. Pour the mixture over the apples, mix well.
2. Cook on low for about 10 hours, stirring occa-
sionally, until mixture is thick and dark brown.
3. Uncover, stir in vanilla and continue cooking
uncovered on low for about 2 hours.
4. Puree the apple butter until smooth.
5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover
and refrigerate for up to two weeks or freeze.
Slow Cooker Apple Butter