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Colorado Proud summer event, August 14

Colorado Department of Agriculture

Local Farmers and the Colorado Department of Agriculture Urge Consumers to buy locally grown produce Friday, August 14. Nearly a dozen local farmers from across Colorado will team up with the state’s Agriculture Commissioner to encourage consumers to buy local produce and boost Colorado’s economy. As part of “Colorado Proud” month, growers from Palisade, Brighton, Center and Greeley will sample their locally grown produce and talk to consumers face to face about the importance and freshness of buying Colorado fruits and vegetables on Friday, August 14 at 11 a.m. at Safeway, 2150 S. Downing (Downing and Evans). Agriculture Commissioner John Stulp will kick off the program with an outlook of Colorado’s growing season and local farmer Robert Sakata will talk about the 2009 crops and the impact of Colorado’s unpredictable weather this year.

Sourcing and buying locally ensures the vitality of Colorado’s farms which translates into economic opportunities and development for a broad range of related business in Colorado’s agriculture-rich communities. Agriculture accounts for thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in personal income. Safeway recently launched a company-wide “Locally Grown” initiative in which the company first buys from key local growers. Nearly 30 percent of all produce sold in Safeway’s Colorado stores is sourced in state.

As part of the kick off event, Safeway will present Colorado Proud with a check to support education of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Immediately following, media will be invited to tour the freshest produce from Colorado farms and meet the “faces behind the food” at Safeway.

For more information, please contact Kris Staaf Safeway (303) 843-7670 or Wendy White, Colorado Proud (303) 239-4119 or vistit http://www.ColoradoProud.org.