Summer brings farm-to-table events to Steamboat this summer
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – There’s something about the growing trend of farm-to-table dining that pairs perfectly with Colorado’s picture-perfect setting for true local fare.
And in Steamboat Springs, this year’s crop of farm and nature-inspired dinners, tours and events is bountiful.
Farm Tour and Farm-to-Table Lunch
After planting its first seed in June 2014, Innovative Ag Colorado now produces 12 varieties of microgreens, edible flowers, herbs and mushrooms. They use sustainable growing systems and utilize up-cycled and re-purposed materials whenever possible, allowing for maximum efficiency and a reduced ecological footprint.
Innovative Ag and Cuginos Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant have teamed up to host a farm tour and farm-to-table lunch from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays at Innovative Ag, 2205 Curve Court, and Cugino’s, 41 Eighth St., throughout the summer.
Alex King, an intern at Innovative Ag, said the event aims to raise awareness and teach the community about the company’s process of growing ingredients in a four-season urban farm. Cugino’s will then use those fresh local ingredients to create a meal with special beer pairing.
Yampatika’s 19th annual Wild Edible Feast
Yampatika’s 19th annual Wild Edible Feast, a nature-to-table fundraising event, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 7 at Haymaker Golf Course.
The event celebrates the bounty of the Yampa Valley and offers an evening of delectable small plates created by local chefs Adam White, Adam Noha and Tommy Boyer by using a variety of wild edibles.
Before the event, Karen Vail, founder and naturalist with Yampatika, will take volunteers to various areas of Routt County to forage for wild edibles.
“This truly unique event is a great way for people to learn about the foods available to harvest right here in the Yampa Valley,” said Vail. “We are connecting people back to their roots and teaching practices for how to harvest sustainably.”
Tickets are $100 per person or $75 for members of the Young Professionals Network. Fundraising proceeds support environmental education in Routt County. Space is limited, and reservations required. Visit yampatika.org/events or call 970-871-9151 for more information.
To find more farms who provide local produce and goods, Community Agricultural Alliance works with 52 local producers, providing anything from coffee to eggs, honey and more. Visit the CAA Market online at caamarket.org.
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