Colorado Proud’s Choose Colorado Tour Stops in Grand Junction

Part of a Community-to-Community Road Trip across State’s Agricultural Landscape

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Today, agricultural experts and members of Colorado Proud applauded the Choose Colorado Tour stop at the Grand Junction Downtown Farmers’ Market and Safeway, to celebrate food and specialty crops that are grown in Colorado and the impact the agricultural industry has on Colorado. Agriculture contributes more than $40 billion to the state’s economy and provides more than 172,000 jobs.

The Choose Colorado Tour is a 27-day, statewide road trip to educate consumers and stimulate pride for local eating and buying. During the celebration, the Choose Colorado Tour team collected peaches, to represent Grand Junction and the Western Slope’s agricultural contribution — and to contribute to the “Colorado Proud Commemorative Lunch” at the History Colorado Center on August 27, prepared with recipes using the local ingredients that were collected along the Tour.

“Agriculture is a vital part of Colorado. Our specialty crop growers contribute more than $670 million annually,” said Wendy White, spokesperson for Colorado Proud. “The Choose Colorado Tour is an interactive expedition to connect our agricultural regions and salute the growers, farmers and businesses that significantly help our state thrive. The Western Slope plays an important role in this success.”

Colorado’s agricultural industry consistently earns its ranking as one of the state’s top economic contributors, and it ranks in the top 10 nationally for production of a variety of agricultural products. While buying local produce has proven a positive impact on the economy, it also is better for the environment – helping keep farms and ranches profitable, thereby maintaining open space and wildlife habitat, while lowering the carbon footprint and saving energy. Buying local also supports Colorado’s western heritage, preserving the farms, ranches and land that define the state.

The Choose Colorado Tour will continue to travel the agricultural landscape that makes up nearly half of Colorado’s 66 million-acres.  The next stops on the Tour include Durango and Alamosa.

The Choose Colorado Tour culminates on August 27, in Denver, with a “Colorado Proud Commemorative Lunch” at the History Colorado Center, prepared by award-winning chefs Jason Morse of 5280 Culinary and Kurt Boucher of Rendezvous Café at History Colorado Center,with recipes using the local ingredients that were collected along the tour, including Colorado peaches.

Consumers everywhere can follow the Tour through pictures, stories, profiles and experiences shared on the Colorado Proud Facebook page. For more information and complete list of stops, visit www.ColoradoProud.org.