If you live in Colorado, you have seen the Colorado Proud stickers around the grocery store. There are lots of great products that proudly display this sticker on their packaging. When you see this sticker, you can be assured that it was produced within the State of Colorado. We are excited to announce that our micro-greens are now certified Colorado Proud and will be showing off this colorful logo soon!
“Better for you, better for Colorado” is their motto. Colorado Proud is a program within
the Department of Agriculture that was developed in 1999. The goal is to make it easier for the consumer to locate Colorado Food and Agriculture products, as well as raise awareness of the benefits of shopping local.
Shopping Local is trending right now, and for good reason. Shopping local supports local small businesses. And in this case, it supports local farms. When you spend your dollar locally, it creates a stronger local economy and fosters a closer community. Since there is less transporting and shipping local goods, the carbon footprint of locally produced food and goods are much more sustainable for the environment. Colorado Proud also wants to keep Colorado Unique, stating that when you shop local you get better and more persoanlized customer service. And in todays day and age, with all of the food recalls from massive farms and production facitlities, its better than ever to “Know Your Farmer” and shop locally. When you support a large farm, your support is unlikely to be noticed by that large business. But when you support a small local farm, you’re helping pay their mortgage or send their kids to college. Think of that impact on the local economy.
In order to qualify to be Colorado Proud Certified, the product must be grown, raised or processed within Colorado. All fresh produce must be grown in Colorado and livestock must be raised in Colorado. All value added items must be made in a commercial kitchen in Colorado and procucers are encouraged to use Colorado grown products as well. This means that our new cottage foods items will not be adorning these lovely stickers…but you bet we will be having them all over our micro-greens!
This is a wonderful program that really helps spotlight our local producers, and they have the stats to back that up. When the program was launched in ’99, only 59% of respondents recognized the CO Proud logo. In a recent poll, that awareness rose to 72%! Additionally, they note that 90% of consumers polled would purchase products from Colorado if the option was available!
I encourage you to check out the Colorado Proud website HERE. You can search for Colorado Proud Certified companies like ours, find local farmers markets, check out the colorado produce calendar, and browse some popular recipes. There are also links to find more about Colorado Agriculture, Colorado Forest Products, and local Agritourism opportunities. You can even search for a local winery! A great source for all things Colorado Proud!