Food Coalition seeking groups to hold monthly food drives

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    By Rose Chavez
    Food System/Food Equity Coalition 

    Photo courtesy Food Coalition
    The Food Coalition is looking for community groups, organizations and individuals to sign up to host a monthly food drive to support the six food pantries of the Food Pantry Network in Archuleta County.

    The Food Coalition is looking for community groups, organizations and individuals to sign up to host a monthly food drive to support the six food pantries of the Food Pantry Network in Archuleta County. 

    As we head into the fall season and with the first frost imminent, there are community members in need of healthy food provisions. The Food Coalition is looking for one group a month to hold the food drive in collaboration with us. For additional information, please contact the Food Coalition at fsfearchuleta@gmail.com or call (401) 371-3227.

    Sept. 25 last day for
    Pagosa Farmers Market

    The last day of the Pagosa Farmers Market is Saturday, Sept. 25. 

    After months of tables covered with tomatoes, beets, lush greens, jams and baked goods, the Pagosa Farmers Market season is coming to a close this Saturday, Sept. 25. The market has had a great season with a good customer turnout from locals and visitors alike. 

    Our vendors and our staff wish to say thank you for a successful season. This last farmers market of the season will feature many of our favorite vendors that have been with us all season including your favorite toffee maker, fresh breads, gluten-free and vegan options, beets, squash, pasture raised chicken, pastries and more. 

    In addition, there will be Mirasol green chile from Pueblo, Colo., which is very meaty with a sweet flavor and medium heat. 

    This chile will make the best red chile sauce you have ever tasted and the roasted green chili tastes and gives the most amazing aroma of the autumn season. Pumpkin spice who? We’ve got the real spice you’re looking for over here. Consider purchasing in bulk and freezing some of your stash for fresh chile verde flavor all year round. 

    Take this opportunity also to stock up on the freshest home-grown produce from our local farmers and food producers. Consider canning, freezing or dehydrating the bountiful harvest for the winter ahead. 

    We continue to accept SNAP EBT cards and will double the value of the first $20 purchase with free Double up Buck from Nourish Colorado to purchase Colorado grown fresh fruits and vegetables. We also continue to accept coupons distributed by Area Agency on Aging; however, this is the last market where they can be redeemed. So, make it down and the earlier the better. We close for the season at 1 p.m.

    Community
    Conversation today

    The community is invited to join the Food Coalition Community Conversation today, Sept. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m., when we will virtually meet with the staff from the Cultivating Bernalillo County Grow the Growers program. 

    This program is a comprehensive farm training and business acceleration initiative designed to attract new and emerging farmers into professional food production. 

    Bernalillo County, N.M., and its program partners are committed to strengthening the local food economy by nurturing the next generation of food entrepreneurs. 

    This conversation is intended to stimulate a dialogue amongst the community about growing more growers and food entrepreneurs in Archuleta County. Join us on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/610611222?pwd=TzdpUmI0djhDdmJYVGt4NXBjNjZKZz09.