A Local Evening in Morocco With Peggy Markel – July 30

Morocco inspires visions of smoking tagines, those conical terracotta cooking vessels that slow-cook delectable meat and vegetables with spices, preserved lemon, and when called for, fresh and dried fruit.

Come and join us around the fire for a presentation of local flavor
renditions of traditional dishes as well as creative interpretations.

Menu

(Cure Farm veggies and locally sourced everything)
Tagine of Chicken, preserved lemon and fresh coriander
Tagine of Lamb with cinnamon and prune
Pepper Salad with argan oil and preserved lemon
Eggplant Caviar
Carrots with Cinnamon and ras al hanout
Fresh green salad straight from the farm
Flatbread
Grilled Peaches with Honey
Paired Wine

Learn from Slow Food Boulder founder Peggy Markel how to prepare these dishes, preserved lemons, the value and flavor of argan oil and what constitutes the ambiance and mystery of Moroccan atmosphere. Recipes go home with you, along with a summer night well celebrated!

Join us for music, fanfare and a beautiful time together.

July 30, 5-8 pm
Cure Organic Farm: 7416 Valmont Rd., Boulder, near 75th
$55/members; $65/non-members; proceeds help Slow Food BoCo programs
RSVP: info@slowfoodboulder.com and mail a check made out to Slow Food Boulder to Carol Carlson, PO Box 525, Boulder, CO 80306. Reservation confirmed upon receipt of check.

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Robyn O’Brien: Patriotism on a Plate

Wow: Most of us are aware of the issues around GM foods in America, but Robyn O’Brien’s TEDx Mile High talk earlier this year is eye-opening, to say the least. Awareness is the first step: Patriotism on a Plate

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2011 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory

It’s growing season and Colorado is a GREAT place to be to experience all that’s LOCAL!

The 2011 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory features more than 260 farms, ranches, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and agritourism operations as well as nearly 100 farmers’ markets across the state. Farm Fresh also includes farms that offer tours, wineries, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, farm and ranch vacations, and a crop calendar. In addition, the free directory includes county fairs, food and agricultural festivals, recipes and tips for picking Colorado produce.

CLICK HERE to download your copy. Or visit participating libraries, chambers of commerce, welcome centers, visitor centers, CSU Extension offices and other businesses to grab a printed version. Go to Colorado Agriculture’s site for MORE INFORMATION>.

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Beer & Wine Time.

Two great events happening this week: Colorado Winefest and 2011 Denver International Beer Competition. Come out and get a taste of the local talent on display!

MORE INFO>Winefest.   MORE INFO>Beer Competition.

 

 

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Farm Dinner for School Food Project June 8

Great Food, Great Venue, Great Cause: Our Children’s Health! and…

Volunteer servers needed: Email sunny.young@bvsd.org

 

 

 

 

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Time to Act: GM Crops on County Ag Land Meeting

The next Cropland Policy Advisory Group meeting is a discussion meeting on GMO Crops on public lands. It is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, 2011 from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Open Space Offices, 5201 St. Vrain Road Longmont, CO 80503 Map and directions.

If you are interested in whether Boulder County Agricultural land will have GMO crops grown on it, come to this meeting. Go here for background on the issue.
The GMKnow organization invites all interested people to attend and help the cause. Email info@gm-no.org for more info.
They say “currently, of the 9 members who make up this council, three are chemical farmers who plant GMO crops, lease land from the County and stand to benefit directly from the policy that they are helping to write, hardly a democratic or representative process. This will be the one and only time we have an opportunity to collectively let them know our hearts prior to the policy being written.”

GMKnow will table an information booth for six Saturdays and six Wednesdays at the Boulder County Farmers Market. If you’d like to volunteer for this, Email info@gm-no.org

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Preserve@Home Online Classes

Colorado State University Extension and the University of Idaho Extension are offering Preserve@Home online classes to help you learn the techniques and safety practices of food preservation. Read more and sign up!.

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Edible Front Range wins PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

We couldn’t be happier for our friends at Edible Front Range!

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UPDATE: Local Foods, Local Jobs Act DERAILED

The opponents of the ‘Local Foods, Local Jobs’ Act have successfully derailed local foods from being fairly considered.  Although it is technically scheduled for a hearing tomorrow afternoon, this effectively sets the bill up for failure because it will die on the calendar as tomorrow is the last day of the 2011 session.  However, it is only appropriate that we continue to make our case of the importance of this bill to the House Agriculture Committee. read on

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Pictures don’t lie. Help keep them legal.

UPDATE: Sign the petition TODAY! YOUR VOICE COUNTS!
It failed in Florida and is still up for vote in Iowa and Minnesota….

Lawmakers are taking action to address the egregious conditions that exist at factory farms. But not to create laws to prevent future violations of food safety regulations, environmental quality standards, workers’ rights, and animal rights on the part of irresponsible farmers.  Instead, legislation pending in three states would make taking photos of a farm a criminal act, one of which may clear a significant hurdle as early as this week on its way to becoming a law.

Goats, pigs, cows, farm dogs ready for their close-ups : Slow Food USA.

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