Resolving to eat more locally and healthily in 2013 is easy at the Edwards Winter Market - a new local food market taking place Sundays through March that sells fresh produce, eggs, storage fruit, wild salmon, goat cheese, grass-fed meats, jerkies and more.
Here, you can get the ingredients to make a healthy meal at home. There are also vendors selling prepared foods such as soups, breads, nuts, candies, pastas, pies, cookies and pastries, so come hungry and stay for lunch. To round out the offerings, there are some artisan, jewelry and craft vendors, too.
Osage Gardens, a family owned-and-operated farm on the Colorado River in New Castle, grows food year-round, specializing in organically grown herbs and vegetables. Osage offers a "free choice" Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at the Edwards market.
Instead of a pre-selected box of produce, like most CSAs, you select a share that suits your budget - $20 to $30 per week, for example - and then shop at the Osage stand each week . Maybe you want to make butternut squash soup this week and kale quinoa pilaf the next; Osage grows all the fixings for both.
Kaleb Walker, of Kaleb's Katch, who founded the market, sells his catches from Bristol Bay, Alaska, at the market. His offerings include wild king and sockeye salmon.
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy from Buena Vista sells several different kinds of goat cheese, including feta, ricotta and wine-soaked cheddar cheese.
Two ranchers, Colorado River Ranch and Roan Creek Ranch, are there to sell grass-fed beef.
JaJaBelles, selling homemade Greek pastries, and Dan the Mountain Man Fruit and Nut Co., selling nut, fruit and candy mixes, are among the vendors offering prepared treats. Magpies is also there, selling homemade pies.
The market is held inside Colorado Mountain College in Edwards every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizers are currently accepting drop-in vendors. Contact Cassie Pence at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.