Pagosa Farmers Market to host food demo and tasting Saturday

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Photo courtesy Pagosa Farmers Market
The tomato bounty available at last weekend’s Pagosa Farmers Market.

By De Anna Hoyle | Pagosa Farmers Market

This Saturday was set to be the final live Pagosa Farmers Market, which has been running since June. We are happy to have an added week, moving the last day to Oct. 1. Thanks to our vendors who continue to offer the bounty of the season. 

This coming Saturday, Sept. 24, we will host a food demonstration with Kristen Roth, who will offer her exploration of whole foods. This includes plant-based, cooked and raw recipes with the goal of eating and living sustainably. 

Roth said, “When I make food and lifestyle choices, I put the earth’s well-being first to determine if it is a sustainable and responsible way to move forward. I look to support good stewardship practices in agriculture and ranching, avoid plastic products, reduce my personal consumption, reuse what I can when I need it and recycle and compost.”

All this said, she will share specialty dips, both sweet and savory, for us to taste. 

Whole foods plant-based dips:

• Avocado-cilantro dip

• Rosemary-white bean dip

• Baba ghanoush

• Spiced date walnut dip with vanilla-cardamom cashew cream, all served with crudités and oil-free seeded crackers

As a lifelong learner, Roth’s plan is to complete several online health and nutrition programs and share the knowledge with others. As a 24-year resident of Pagosa Springs, our town is blessed to have Roth and her family, who give back through donating extra produce they grow to both the local Food Distribution Center and the Loaves and Fishes Community Lunch.

Join us the next two Saturdays, at the east side of town, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

• Sept. 24 — Food demo/tasting. 

• Oct. 1 — Final Farmers Market Saturday.

Although the growers’ market is ending, many of our vendors have an online presence throughout the year and can be found at PagosaFarmersMarket.net. 

As always, SNAP benefits and seniors who qualify for market vouchers can shop for local produce. 

Double Up Bucks for the first $20 SNAP purchase is available, and the Area Agency on Aging offers qualifying seniors a $25 voucher. For more information on vouchers, call (970) 403-2164.