great summertime recipes!
Another Successful trade Mission
On September 25th and 26th, the San Luis Valley had the priviledge of participating in another successful Trade Mission. Central American buyers from Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mexico, both male and female, came to visit the San Luis Valley and take a deeper look into our potato industry. With their trip falling right in the middle of potato harvest, they got a first hand look at how things work long before potatoes hit the shelves at the grocery store. Jim Ehrlich with Colorado Potato Administrative Committee as well as some local warehouses/packing sheds represented the potato growers and the industry of the San Luis Valley area by providing an entire day of tours for these potential potato buyers.
Mother Nature vs. the potato growers of Colorado
Harvest has officially started in the San Luis Valley! Although, it's safe to say, we had a bit of a rocky road throughout the entire growing season this summer. At the beginning of summer, we fought off wildfires in the South Fork area. These fires were fueled by pretty severe drought conditions. Heading into the growing season, the shortage of water brought predictions of a lower yields and proved to make it very difficult for our farmers in this area. Towards the latter part of he summer we then went through a lot of rain and hail damage, which postponed harvest slightly and damaged some potato crops as well as other crops grown in this area. However, potato growers of the San Luis Valley managed what they could and let Mother Nature run her course. We will still have a successful, high quality crop to provide consumers this year.
2013 Colorado Potato Festival
We had yet another successful festival this year! Perfect weather and great participation were key factors in having another festival that will go down in the books. Some of the things we had at the festival this year were the Field Bus Tour which took participants to potato fields and let them see first hand, the life of a potato and how potatoes are handled before they hit the plate. The annual Downtown Merchant Taste Testing Tour took place again this year as well with downtown businesses cooking a potato recipe that fell into either a Sweet category or Savory category. Participants rode a horse drawn wagon down to these businesses and tasted their creations and then voted on their favorite recipes. We had the kids carnival with potato themed games and potato decorating, a giant "Bubble Tour", and a stilt show, where people of all ages could learn the art of moving around of stilts. Chefs from the Denver area came down and participated in our annual Professional Chef Potato Cook-Off. The Faculty Jazz Band Trio from Adams State University (Alamosa, CO) entertained many by playing some excellent, live, Jazz music. An "all new" event this year was the Potato Obstacle Course where participants went through a timed trial of stations that had to do with potatoes and potato harvest. Some of the stations included filling a burlap sack with exactly 40 pounds of potatoes, sewing a burlap sack (the old fashioned way) and a potato slingshot. The proceeds from this event were donated to the local Red Cross. The Colorado Potato Administrative Committees booth at the festival was busy with CPAC staff and local growers selling t-shirts, Colorado Potato Cookbooks, and T-shirts. We also sold bags, of various varieties, of potatoes that were donated to us by local growers and shippers. We sold these potatoes to the public and asked for a donation of their choice. The proceeds from this event also went to the local Red Cross. All in all, we are putting another fantastic festival to rest and talking about next years Potato Festival. Hope to see you there!
The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee giving over $1,000 to Bill Werner with the local Red Cross Foundation that was raised at the 2013 Colorado Potato Festival.
Below are the winning Downtown Taste Testing Tour merchants. You can click on the links below and taken to their award winning recipes where you can download and print them!
1st Place Savory Recipe 2nd Place Savory Recipe 3rd Place Savory Recipe Tied for 1st Place Sweet Recipe Tied for 1st Place Sweet Recipe
Professional chefs from the Denver area provided live entertainment by cooking potato recipes in front of an audience. There recipes are only available here! Click any of the links below to get access to their recipes.
The Agriculture Education Program's mission is to reconnect youth to agriculture through education and help them to see and understand that agriculture is sustainable, conservation minded and builds important interrelationships with the ecosystem and our culture. The vision of AEP is to promote agriculture through problem solving, critical thinking and hands-on experiences to the learner. CLICK HERE TO REQUEST THE K-12 EDUCATION CIRRICULUM.
Meet Emily Perez from Pueblo Centennial High School our "Choose the Health Food Every "Body" Likes Colorado Potatoes" Contest Winner! Emily wrote this essay of why she loves Colorado Potatoes and why they should be a part of your healthy diet!
Antique Potato Equipment
Here is a picture of the antique potato equipment we have displayed in the yard at the CPAC office. A special thanks to Clyde Jones who generously donated the potato shaker to our growing display. We now have a planter,harvester, sorter, and shaker.
We are grateful to Jim Clare and the San Luis Valley Antique Iron club for their contributions to the impressive collection. It is nice to remember the old days but it sure helps you appreciate the modern equipment we have today.
Beautiful Outside…Beautiful Inside
When we asked consumers what images comes to mind when they think of Colorado, they answered …fresh…healthy…natural…beautiful…
The Majestic snow-covered peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains jut up 14,000 feet to surround the fertile plateau of the San Luis Valley. Here, at 7600 feet, in the highest and largest commercial agricultural valley in the world, the potato flourishes.
This ideal combination of location, climate, soil and practices produces potatoes that not only look good, but are good for you. From our long-popular Russets to fast-growing specialties, potatoes grown in Colorado are known for their superior color,shape and, in some varieties, nutritional properties. The cool weather also contributes to the smoothness of the skin, while the Valley’s isolation helps eliminate pest and disease. That’s not even mentioning the flavor that makes them a favorite in both homes and restaurants. No other potato producing region can boast of this fortune of goods and geography!
Farmers began growing potatoes in Colorado's San Luis Valley about 1875, making it one of the oldest potato growing areas in the country. The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, representing the area Colorado Potato Growers and Colorado Potato Shippers, recently adopted a new theme line to reflect: its reputation QUALITY AT ITS PEAK.