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This week: Italian Potato Soup with Pesto
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MExico & Central America Inbound Mission
September 25-27, 2014 we had a group of buyers from the Mexico and Central America regions come down on a WUSATA Inbound Mission. The group toured several farms and warehouses here in the San Luis Valley, which was perfect timing as we are at the peak of potato harvest! They got see the entire process from potatoes being dug out of the ground, to the warehouse packing the them, and all of the equipment and machinery that guides these processes. The last evening that the group was here, we had a special dinner for the buyers that included Colorado Agriculture Comissioner, John Salazar. The Comissioner joined us and talked with the buyers as well as members of CPAC and shared his appreciation for the current Mexican market as well as Colorado's hopes for the border to again open passed the 26-kilometer region.
2014 SAn Luis Valley Potato FEstival was one for the record books
The 2014 San Luis Valley Potato Festival was a big success this year! We celebrated harvest and the San Luis Valley Potato Idustry this year with record numbers in both participation, size and our monetary donation to a good cause. Every year, CPAC chooses a cause or group to raise money for and raises money by selling bags of potatoes during the event for a donation. This year's cause was the Faith Hinkley Veterans Memorial Park in Monte Vista, CO. In combination with record numbers in participation for the Festival on Saturday (Sept. 6th), this year, CPAC added an evening on Friday (Sept. 5th) that included a baked potato bar, which also asked for donations, and free concert. With the regular Festival activities on Saturday and the added Friday night, all combined monetary donations came out to over $2,300! Which didn't include the Memorial Park informational booth that was set up during the festival that took donations throughout the day as well. All efforts combined raised over $4,500 for the Faith Hinkley Veterans Memorial Park.
For more pictures visit the 2014 San Luis Valley Potato Festival's Facebook Page!
For recipes from the Festival, hover over the "About CPAC" tab above. Go to the bottom of the list and click on "Popular Potato Recipes". You will be directed to our recipe database where you can find recipes from all past Festival's, for both the Professional Chef Cook-off as well as the Downtown Taste-Testing Tour.
2014-2015 Essay Contest information
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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.