Eat Local Guide :: Boulder County Edition

 

Full Details for EAT LOCAL! Week, Aug. 27 – Sept. 4

EAT LOCAL! WEEK KICKOFF

Sat., Aug. 27, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Boulder County Farmers’ Markets (Boulder, Longmont)
Louisville Farmers’ Market

Come to the Farmers’ Markets for a harvest-gathering celebration of those who support local organic food, offering culinary pleasure with awareness and fun! Here you can see demos and enjoy samples from some of Boulder County’s finest farmers, chefs, culinary artists, and food educators. Click here for more information.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

“LOCAL FOOD TO THE RESCUE”
An evening with Joel Salatin
Chautauqua Auditorium
Tickets $20

Meet Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, the world’s most-recognized beyond organic and strictly local, clean food farmer, prolific author and inspiring speaker, the ethical farmer in the critically-acclaimed Academy Award nominated documentary, “Food Inc.” Co-produced by Chautauqua. Click here for more information and to register.

Radio Interviews with Joel Salatin

  • KGNU, “Tributaries” with Robin Claire, Sun., Aug. 14, noon (archived here)
  • AM760 Talk, with David Sirota, Aug. 23, 9:00 a.m.

THE GREAT GMO DEBATE
Tues., Aug. 30, 7:00 p.m.Unity of Boulder
2855 Folsom Street, Boulder
Admission $5 (online or at the door)

This evening will not be a formal debate, but a series of thoughtful “TED Talk” styule presentations along with dialogue between presenters and the audience. The goal is to raise public discourse about GMOs to a new level. Click here for more information to register.

“BUILDING THE LOCAL FOOD ECONOMY,” with Michael Shuman
Wed., Aug. 31, 7:00 p.m.
Millennium Harvest House
1345 28th St., Boulder
Admission $10 (online or at the door)

Economist and author Michael Shuman will reveal the first results of a major economic study investigating the potential impacts of up to 25% food localization in Boulder County and the state of Colorado. Learn how investment in our local foodshed can substantially increase both demand for and supply of local food, create thousands of new jobs in Colorado, generate hundreds of new businesses, and produce millions in revenues to support the local economy.  Click here for more information and to register.

“THE LOCAL FOOD SHIFT MEETS SLOW MONEY,” with Woody Tasch
Thurs., Sept. 1, 7:00 p.m.
Millennium Harvest House
1345 28th St., Boulder
Admission $10 (online or at the door)

This event is designed to spark conversations and connections amongst local eaters, food and farming entrepreneurs, intermediaries, and food activists. Meet the founder of Slow Money, Wood Tasch, and learn about this revolutionary approach to shifting local dollars into the local food and farming enterprises that deserve our patronage. Click here for more information and to register.

INVITATION ONLY EVENTS

FARMER GATHERING AND DINNER WITH JOEL SALATIN
Mon., Aug. 29, 3:00 − 6:00 p.m.
The Lyons Farmette
$55 (by invitation only)

Joel Salatin is in the area to deliver the keynote address for EAT LOCAL! Week, but has agreed to meet with local farmers and others involved in the food system, and to discuss the challenges, joys, and opportunities of the life of a dedicated “alternative” farmer. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk directly with this celebrated farmer, prolific author, and inspiring speaker who has drawn much attention to the local food movement through his work. Click here for more information and to request an invitation.

INSIDERS BRIEFING
Aug. 31, 4:30 p.m.
Millennium Harvest House
1345 28th St., Boulder
Admission $10 (by invitation only)

This invitation-only briefing will begin with economist and food system activist Michael Shuman revealing the long-awaited results of the first phase of the Food Localization Study on the potential economic impacts of increased food localization in Colorado. A key purpose of this study is to provide economic perspective and data that will help justify significantly increased investments in local food and farming enterprises, especially in infrastructure redevelopment. Click here for more information and to request an invitation.

INVESTORS BRIEFING
Thurs., Sept. 1, 3:00 p.m.
Millennium Harvest House
1345 28th St., Boulder
Admission $10 (online or at the door)

Join Woody Tasch and Michael Brownlee for a high-level briefing for the investment community—not a “pitch slam,” but an opportunity to learn about trends and entrepreneurial activities that are indicative of how local capital is already beginning to flow into the local food system. Click here for more information and to request an invitation.

TOURS DE COOPS

Take a self-guided tour of backyard chicken coops, urban farms, and community gardens—and get to know the people behind them. Meet and learn from local beekeepers, goatkeepers, and cultivators of delightful culinary gardens, along with those who are exploring newer forms of food production such as hydroponics and aquaponics. Click here for more information.

Tour de Coops, Lyons Area
Sun., Aug 28, 2:00 − 6:00 p.m.

Tour de Coops, Boulder Area
Sun., Sept. 4, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

 

BICYCLE TOURS DE FARMS

Slow Food Bicycle Tour de Farms
Sun., Aug. 28, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lone Hawk Farm, 10790 N. 49th St., Longmont
Registration $30

First Annual Slow Food Boulder County Farm Bike Tour: 15-mile loop through gorgeous farm country north of Boulder. Visit Lone Hawk Farm, Aspen Moon Farm, Sol y Sombra and Stonebridge Farm. Pick up veggies and head back for a gourmet picnic. Sponsored by Slow Food Boulder CountyDenver Botanic Gardens and Edible Front Range with generous help from Boulder’s newly opened Cured and the ever friendly Oskar Blues. $30 person. Register here.

Longmont Bicycle Tour de Farms
Sun., Sept. 4, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Start at Ollin Farms, 8627 N. 95th St., Longmont
Registration $20

Join us for the First Annual Longmont Bicycle Tour de Farms. Explore local agricultural projects through participating in a leisurely 14-mile bike ride. Visit cutting edge farms, hear presentations from farmers, gain useful tools and knowledge for your own garden, find out ways you can support area efforts to strengthen our local food system and eat delicious local food with delicious local people. Come enjoy the future of food! Click here for more information and to register.

BROWN BAG LUNCH PANEL SERIES

Hear from and interact with some of the people who are at the front lines of the revitalization of local food and agriculture. These local heroes will share their views, answer questions, and engage in lively discussion of some of the issues and challenges. All sessions are free, but online RSVP is recommended.

“LOCAL FOOD FOR LOCAL HEALTH”
Mon., Aug. 29, noon – 1:30 p.m.
REI Store
1789 28th Street, Boulder

One of the most important reasons for food localization is the broad range of health benefits available from a diet of local and organic food. Panelists for this session include: Robyn O’Brien, author of “The Unhealthy Truth”; Melissa Houghton, Livewell Longmont; Tyler Norris, Creating Healthier Communities; Charlie Cropley, The Yoga of Eating. RSVP here.

“SO YOU WANT TO BE A FARMER? Agriculture Supported Community in Boulder County”
Tues., Aug. 30, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Alfalfa’s Market Community Room
1651 Broadway, Boulder

These days we hear about many people considering getting into farming as a viable career choice. This panel turns the tables and explores a little-discussed role for local agriculture: nurturing community! Get the low-down from Rich Pecoraro, Abbondanza Organic Seeds & Produce; Mark Guttridge, Ollin Farms; Kayann Short, Stonebridge Farm; and Erin Griffith, Aspen Moon Farm. RSVP here.

“SPOTLIGHT ON COUNTY COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES”
Wed., Aug. 31, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Millennium Harvest House
1345 28th St., Boulder

This is your opportunity to ask all the hard questions of the candidates for two county commissioner posts (Will Toor and Ben Pearlman are term-limited)—an exciting exercise in local democracy! One of the hottest and most contentious issues in this discussion will be GMOs and cropland policy. Candidates include Kai AbelkisGarry SanfoconLeslie IrwinPeggy Jackson, and Bill Van DusenRSVP here.

“THE FARM-TO-SCHOOL CHALLENGE”
Thurs. Sept. 1, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Alfalfa’s Market Community Room
1651 Broadway, Boulder

Getting fresh, healthy local food into our schools turns out to be a daunting challenge that will require a concerted community effort. Panelists for this lively session include Julia Erlbaum, RealFood Colorado; Bryce Brown, Growe Foundation; Travis Robinson, The Kitchen Community; Shelly Allen, St. Vrain Valley School District; Andy Nowack, Slow Food Denver. RSVP here.

“BUILDING THE BOULDER COUNTY LOCAL FOOD BRAND”
Fri., Sept. 2, noon – 1:30 p.m.
REI Store
1789 28th Street, Boulder

If food localization can boost the local economy, then it seems necessary to build a local food brand along the way. How can this be done? Panelists include Hugo Matheson, The Kitchen; Erik Skokan, Black Cat Farm Table Bistro; Arron Mansika, Naturally Boulder; Seleyn DeYarus; Best Organics. RSVP here.

One Response to “Full Details for EAT LOCAL! Week, Aug. 27 – Sept. 4”

  1. I love the local food!

    http://boulderfoodie.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/going-local/

    I will be out of town for most of eat local week, but the activities all sound awesome!

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