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Eat Local in Colorado Springs

Local Food, Colorado Springs, CO

You can read all of my posts on eating locally here.

If you’ve heard about eating locally or sustainable food, and are curious but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place for information about local food sources in Colorado Springs.

As you explore and learn more about local food, you will hear unfamiliar terms like “food-shed,” “food miles,”  and “locavore” and more familiar ones (some would say overused) like “sustainable,” “carbon footprint,” and “green.”

Regardless of the terminology used, the local-foods movement values small-scale agriculture – what used to be known as the family farm. It also places an emphasis on ecological responsibility, by supporting farmers that don’t dump tons of chemical fertilizers and pesticides into our water and soil. Responsible animal practices (like not raising animals in confinement and pumping them full of steroids) are also part of the philosophy.  

Eating locally produced foods will reduce your impact on the world around you in myriad ways, many of which you may not have contemplated:

  • Your food travels less to get to you than it ever has before, at least during our lifetimes. The average meal in the U.S. travels 1,500 miles before it is eaten, and has traveled from at least five different countries.
  • The food produced locally is as fresh as possible, which means you are likely to get more nutrition out of it.
  • Eating locally means that you will cook more for yourself. When you cook for yourself, from local foods you rely less on manufactured food, which is much less nutritious, and much more fattening.

It is getting easier to find locally produced food in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. You still have to know where to look to get it, but the sources are becoming more plentiful and more reliable as more people are seeking out locally produced food. I consider myself to be a natural and local foodie, and have spent quite a bit of time researching where to buy local food in our town.

I have compiled two lists of sources for local food:

  • Local Retailers in Colorado Springs Find out where you can buy locally produced fruit, vegetables and meat.
  • CSAs and Farmers’ Markets CSAs are a great way to get lots of locally grown produce. Some CSAs also offer eggs, poultry and meat. Farmers’ Markets are a great way to get local produce, and you get to choose the amount of each item that you want to buy. CSAs, on the other hand, deliver a certain amount of produce to you each week, but you don’t know how much of what you will get very far in advance. Please read my page about CSAs to learn more about how they work. There are quite a few Farmers’ Markets in Colorado Springs, so there should be one near you.

You can also read all of my eating-locally related posts, and read about urban agriculture, and people who are changing the face of farming.

I encourage you to read as much as you can about the benefits of eating locally, and decide for yourself if it something you can commit to. I say “commit” because it does take a bit more work to eat locally. You can’t just go down to the “local foods mega-mart.” You will probably end up doing what I and my husband do – we get our local food from several different sources depending on the time of year: our garden, our CSA shares and a few local retailers. Some people will prefer Farmers’ Markets and pick-your-own operations. Everyone who eats locally does it differently.

Keep in mind that to eat locally, you don’t have eat only locally produced food. Almost no one does. But by becoming more aware about where your food comes from you can make small, gradual changes that will make a difference. Eventually, you will probably like it so much that you will look for ways to increase the amount of local food that you eat, and you may even be able to get a significant portion of your food from local sources.

Here are some books you might be interested in, related to the local food chain:

Web resources for more information about local food:

  • Slow Food USA | Colorado Springs Slow Food chapter Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
  • Local Harvest Find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area.
  • Sustainable Table Sustainable Table’s “Eat Local, Buy Local, Be Local” section is designed to help consumers learn what’s happening in the local movement, and to better understand the concept of local food.
  • Eat Local Challenge A group-blog written by authors who are interested in the benefits of eating food grown and produced in their local food-shed.
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