Community Agriculture Alliance: Yampavore eat local challenge
If it’s true you are what you eat, then why not eat local? Community Agriculture Alliance, a local nonprofit organization working to promote and support local ag since 1999, is issuing a local food challenge. Area residents are challenged to dedicate most or part of their diets to eating local for the next four weeks, Aug. 18 through Sept. 15. A Yampavore is just that — someone who eats food from the Yampa Valley. It’s easy to join this effort, track your results, share ideas and recipes and win prizes.
- Step 1: Join our Facebook group at Yampavore Eat Local Challenge.
- Step 2: Set a goal. Decide how much of the food you eat will be local food. You can choose a percentage, dollar amount of your weekly food budget or another goal you come up with. Share your goal, and we encourage you to track with weekly posts about how it’s going.
- Step 3: Share a recipe, post photos and give suggestions and new ideas about how to find and eat food from the Yampa Valley. For four weeks, we will draw a name of someone who has posted online, and you will automatically be entered for weekly prize drawings.
- Step 4: Celebrate local food. Join us for Plate & Pint at Butcherknife Brewery from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 2 for local food appetizers, local beer from Butcherknife and fun. Ticket information at is available at communityagalliance.org.
Eating local food is simply a good thing. This time of year, the area harvest is abundant, and there is a wide variety of diverse local products to try and enjoy. By eating more local food, you help build a stronger economy, reduce environmental impact and build meaningful connections to our community.
There are many ways to eat local.
- Grow your own food. Whether you have a backyard garden or grow herbs in a sunny window, it can be very rewarding and a simple way to eat fresh. There is also an abundance of wild berries and secret stashes of mushrooms along the trails and in the surrounding woods. Please be sure you know what you are picking and the etiquette before you go.
- Buy or trade for local food with neighbors and friends. Do you know someone who has backyard chickens or raises animals? More often than not, they are willing to sell, trade and share their local meat and eggs.
- Support the 4-H Junior Livestock Auction Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Routt County Fair. You can buy a whole animal or partner with others and share the bounty. Not only will you get great local meat, but supporting a 4-H or FFA participant is double good duty.
- Shop online at caamarket.org. We offer year-round, weekly ordering of local food and products with local pick up in downtown Steamboat.
- Seek out local products at grocery stores, other local shops and the Farmers Market. Many Colorado products are branded under the Colorado Proud name/logo.
- Several local restaurants buy and proudly serve local food. Check on menus, and, if you’re not sure, ask.
Join us in the Yampavore Eat Local Challenge. It’s easy and fun, and it’s a great way to make a difference in our community. Sign up, and share your ideas, photos and why local food makes a difference to you. Post some pictures of what you eat, and have fun.
Michele Meyer is program coordinator for Community Agriculture Alliance.
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