Local Publishing House, Local Food

Here at Fulcrum, we’re toasting the release of Renee Wilkinson’s book, Modern Homestead: Grow, Raise, Create, by looking for food locally and sustainably in our own (figurative) backyard.

After the long winter, farmers’ markets are up and running again. Farmers’ markets are very special to me because they introduced me to the great love of my life: rhubarb. I spent the first 20 years of my life in denial, thinking that I hated rhubarb and that it was a terrible punishment to inflict on an innocent strawberry pie. But when I saw the bright pink and red stalks on sale at a farmers’ market, I bought them on impulse and fell in love with the tarty pleasures of the rhubarb: rhubarb tarts, rhubarb cobbler, rhubarb salsa, rhubarb-infused vodka (ok, that last one was a total failure). Ever since, I’ve always loaded up on rhubarb when it starts to appear on farmers’ market tables in early spring and summer.

I’m looking forward to checking out what Colorado has to offer this spring:

Boulder Farmers’ Market

Denver Famers’ Market

Fort Collins Farmers’ Market

There’s still time to buy a spring/summer share in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, another way to buy from and participate in the local, sustainable food movement. Many of Colorado’s CSA programs are listed through the Rocky Mountain Growers Directory. Some CSA programs have work shares as well, for those who want to support their local farm and eat delicious, locally sourced food, but who can’t afford the up-front cost.

I’ve done a work share before, at a farm in New England. I think my farmer relatives may have hurt themselves from laughing so hard at their tenderfooted, city slicker kin who paid for the privilege of working on a farm. As a matter of fact, I think they might still be laughing. But as a student, it was the perfect way to get farm-fresh produce at a lower cost than the usual share.

Whether you’re at a farmers’ market or buying from or working for a CSA, you never know which new ingredient you’ll find to inspire you, or which tasty local heirloom variety you’ll discover and fall head over heels for. If you put your dollar toward supporting and cultivating local food sources, you can help to grow, raise, and create a sustainable and thriving community food system.

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