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Summer is here! Over the weekend, the rain stayed away, the sun kept shining, and at the Taste of Fort Collins, the list of possible food choices seemed to never end! Brazilian, Cuban, and Mexican food; barbeque, fondue, gelato, pizza, fresh fruit and juice were just a few of the possibilities. Artists, craft vendors, and Sugar Ray and Gin Blossoms rounded out the experience of celebrating summer—together outdoors. Gathering with neighbors and friends and meeting new people is an integral part of the summer fun of festivals, food, and performances in Northern Colorado. There’s also a lot you can sink your teeth into to keep your “taste” of Fort Collins going all season long. Since food, culture, and community are so interconnected, we’d love to hear how you “taste” Fort Collins all summer long!
Whether you gather at a local restaurant, visit a farmers’ market, support local agriculture, or grow some of your own food, there are many ways to think about making meals with the bounty of summer. People all over Fort Collins are connecting with each other at regularly scheduled markets to buy fresh and locally grown produce. If you planned ahead, you may be enjoying shares from one of our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms, which is one option. In Larimer County, there are at least six separate farmers’ markets. The Colorado Agricultural Marketing Cooperative offers three markets to local growers and consumers (produce is restricted to Larimer, Morgan, Boulder or Weld Counties, with the exception of Western Slope fruit). The County of Larimer offers its own market which is run by its Master Gardener volunteers on Saturday mornings at the Larimer County Courthouse Parking Lot (north side of Oak Street between Mason and Howes Streets in Fort Collins). There’s also the Drake Road Farmers’ Market on Saturday, and on Fridays out on South Shields, you’ll find the Gulley Greenhouse & Garden Center Market. If you know of other Fort Collins farmers’ markets, let us know!
Or perhaps you have joined the growing number of Americans who have planted food in your own backyard! According to the National Garden Association, 43 million Americans planned to grow food in their backyards this year—that’s up 19% from last year. Even Michelle Obama has joined in and organized a “recession garden.” She’s not the first First Lady to implement a garden at the White House. During World War I and World War II, in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany, people planted gardens at private residences to reduce the demand on the public food supply and support the war effort. Eleanor Roosevelt placed her “victory garden” on the White House lawn in 1943—although the Agriculture Department objected—and by the end of the war, 40% of the country’s food was grown in community gardens and backyards. These gardens were considered civil “morale boosters,” since they could help gardeners feel empowered and rewarded by the produce they grew. Today more Americans live in urban and suburban areas, so community and container gardening is growing in popularity—even in a small space, you can grow something. In Fort Collins, you can see community gardens and gardeners at work and get composting information and tips at The Gardens on Spring Creek. Fort Collins has a worm exchange (for composting) and a plant exchange as well. There are plans for even more community gardens around the city next year. Home Grown Food is based in Fort Collins, and has evolved in association with Grow Food Not Lawns, and you can find out more about edible landscapes at Northern Colorado Gardenscapes.
If you’d rather just eat fresh local food than grow your own, you can always join in and declare July 4 as Food Independence Day along with the non-profit group Kitchen Gardeners International. The group promotes the ideas that local foods are patriotic (either grown in your area or by you), and that they’re good for our local farmers, our economies, our health, and our planet. You can plan a holiday menu of local produce and foods, or declare a different independence day to coincide with celebrations in another part of the world! However you choose to enjoy local produce this Summer, we hope you’ll savor the taste of food from our community. I can smell fresh basil just thinking about it!
Take time to stop and smell the tomatoes!
Thanks for the photos gregor_y.
This is my favorite time of the year. I know I blogged earlier about festivals and summer but just this week, I have noticed a whole bunch of new cultural sprouts popping up in the community so I thought I would start with what I have seen around and then if you see some others, you could post them too and spread the word!
This weekend, Opera Fort Collins presents Il Trovatore or The Troubadour, at 7:30 pm on Friday and 2 pm on Sunday at the University Center for the Arts (Griffin Concert Hall), on Remington Street (which is a fabulous building by the way!). Tickets are $30/$40; $20 for CSU students and children ages 18 and younger. For more information, call 221-6730 or go to www.lctix.com.
If opera is not your thing, how about some Jane Austen? OpenStage Theatre kicks off their run of Pride and Prejudice (one of my all time favorite Austen books) at the Lincoln Center mini-theatre this weekend. There’s been many a movie based on this storyline and representing this storyline — who can forget Colin Firth as Mr Darcy! Ok, now I am showing some prejudice of my own! For more information about Pride and Prejudice, performances please visit OpenStage Theatre & Company , or for tickets please visit Lincoln Center Box Office. Don’t forget that this week is also your last chance to catch OpenStage’s presentation of The Maiden’s Prayer by Nicky Silver which runs Friday and Saturday at 8pm with their final matinee performance Sunday May 24 at 2pm. The Maiden’s Prayer is at the Center for Fine Art Photography: Black Box at 44 N. College Ave.
Finally in May, over at FCMOCA , they are hosting “Fort Collins Collects” from May 22 through to July 18. This exhibit runs in the main gallery and is joined in June by Joseph Rafael in the Mezzanine Gallery for a run through the rest of summer. If you need an art fix more frequently, don’t forget that FCMOCA also hosts “start your lunch break with an art break” every Wednesday at 12:15pm sharp where you can join a 15 minute guided talk about some of the objects on display. Don’t say we don’t try to inspire you!
As you know, June kicks off with Imagination Fair June 5th with That 1 Guy and Laser Harps and will take place in two locations in Old Town — Oak Street Plaza and Opera Galleria. In conjunction with the Imagination Fair, but separately presented, Laurie Anderson will perform her Burning Leaves show at the Lincoln Center on June 6, which will be outstanding! If you haven’t got your tickets yet, click here! We’re fighting over who will get to go and review her show!
The next weekend is one for the younger members of our community and kicks off with the Fossil Creek Park Bicycle Festival, featuring kids’ bike games, bike rides, food and all manner of cycling shenanigans! The festival runs from 11am-4pm. On Sunday, June 14, the Fort Collins Regional Library District presents A Victorian Sunday in the Park – an afternoon of music, song, vintage games and crafts, and historical bicycles, all provided by the Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center and their friends, in the historic cabins of the museum’s courtyard. Bring your lunch as the afternoon’s fun starts at 12 and goes til 4pm! Or you might pop over to the Taste of Fort Collins event in the Civic Center Park beforehand and pick up some tasty treats to take to the picnic! There’s food (of course), music, kids games and tons of fun there too…. All in all, an excellent weekend to get out and see what we have at our fingertips in the community!
Right on the solstice, when Spring becomes Summer on June 20 and 21, the Fort Collins Irish Festival arrives in the Civic Center Park for the weekend and the Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk to benefit Northside Aztlan Community Center Youth Programs. The run starts at 8am with registration from 6:45-7:45am in Old Town Fort Collins. The Irish Festival has a special gift for the first 300 dads to enter its gates as well! Fun for the whole family!
Then, just in case, you haven’t had enough fun already, June 27 and 28, is……that’s right! Colorado Brewer’s Festival!!! Get ready! Proceeds from the Festival help to fund the Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Santa Claus, The Holidays Downtown, free summer concerts, and the 4th of July Downtown. This is a reason in and of itself to attend, but in case you need some more persuading…. there will be music, 50 different Colorado beers, food and fun from 11am to 6pm on both days!
Phew! That’s what I have got coming up! If you have any other information on events in the community that you would like to share, please feel free to add them here in the comments and we can send out the word!
Remember – art is part of everyday life!