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Local Food Summit Engages Growing Denver Food Economy

Mile High Business Alliance and the City of Denver partner to bring together more than 100 producers, growers, retailers and restaurateurs

DENVER, CO – The rising popularity of locally-sourced food is spreading nationally and according to the American Culinary Federation, use of locally-sourced food was the top restaurant trend in 2012.

Go Local This Thanksgiving: 4 Resources for Finding Local Food

I've discovered four great resources, three being very useful data searches, that can help you localize your Thanksgiving -along with the rest of the year of course! 


Eat Local First Local Flavor Guide

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It's loaded with information about farmers' markets, local food producers & markets, a local dining map, reviews of local restaurants and more! All focused on the Denver Metro area.

Learn fun facts about restaurants and markets like how in the peak of the growing season, 75% of the produce served at Fuel is grown right here in Colorado!

Read more about the guide and see the list of locations where you can pick up a copy here.

Download a condensed printable version here.


Find What's Fresh & In Season in Your Region:

Click here to find out what's fresh and in season in YOUR region


The NRDC has compiled a plethora of data on crop types, regions, and growing seasons. All of this information as been put into a searchable database so that you can look up what is in season when and where. Additionally, you can see what is available in other neighboring regions.



5 Tips for Nourishing the Local Food System

How to Nourish the Local Food System

Every dollar you spend is an investment in something. If you'd like more food choices that nurture our local economy, here are a few things you can do:


Read the labels. Find out where the stuff you're buying comes from and seek out local products. Doing so will result in more bang for your buck; your dollar will have a deeper impact.

Visit farmers' markets. This is one of the best ways to find the freshest food in season. You also get the unique opportunity to meet the people who grew and raised your food.

A Saucey Affair Features 15 Locally Owned Restaurants

On October 21, 2010, 9Health Fair and EatDenver will team up to host one of the most original and engaging charity events on the Denver scene...Quest Diagnostics Presents A Saucey Affair at Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale, Colorado.

A Saucey AffairWith an array of unique small plates and decadent sauces from more than 15 of Denver's finest locally-owned restaurants, guests will taste and vote for their favorite sauce in the Best of Show - People's Choice category, out-bid friends and associates for fabulous experiences and prizes in the online auction, and enjoy top-notch beverages and music by Hazel Miller all night.

A panel of local celebrity judges ranging from chefs to food critics to 9NEWS' personalities will cast their votes to award honors for Best of Show - Judges Choice and several niche categories, which will be awarded throughout the evening.

Proceeds will support 9Health Fair, Colorado's premier volunteer-run health fair program, which offers free and low- cost health screenings and education to more than 100,000 each year.
Click HERE for more information on the participating Eat Denver restaurants.

The Locavore Way

Sometimes, hearing others' personal stories can be quite a pleasure. You're most certainly not alone in the quest to become a locavore. Relocalizing your shopping habits, diet, etc has its tough spots, but there is quite a bit of beauty in the process as well. I hope that you enjoy this personal story as well as check out Amy Cotler's book The Locavore Way.

Participate in the Eat Local First Dining Guide

Scrumptious soup made from locally-sourced ingredients.
Photo credits: Dawn Yukus
The Eat Local First Dining Guide is a new resource to connect neighbors with unique dining establishments that embody “Local Flavor.” The locally owned restaurants, cafes & markets featured in the guide are not only led by our neighbors, but are committed to sourcing their own produce, meats & products from local sources.

A new initative of the Mile High Business Alliance, under the umbrella of the "Eat Local First" campaign, the Local First Dining Guide will follow the same straight-forward format as the neighborhood Local Flavor Guides, effectively introducing neighbors and tourists alike to local food-focused enterprises.

GrowHaus: Non-Profit Urban Farm & Market

In A Nutshell

The GrowHaus is a non-profit urban farm and market in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. The mission is to increase the accessibility and affordability of fresh, healthy food in the neighborhood while showcasing locally-adapted techniques for sustainable indoor food production.

Study Finds Growing Competitiveness for Community Food Enterprises (CFEs)

December 9, 2009

Wallace Center at Winrock International and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) announce the release of Community Food Enterprise: Local Success in a  Global Marketplace, a groundbreaking study of 24 locally owned food businesses. These community food enterprises (CFEs) appear poised for sustainable growth and competitiveness both locally and globally. A companion website at offers additional findings and analysis. Discusses Eating Locally

Here's some great information from Primarily from an environmental perspective, this site discusses the importance of eating local first. We here on the MHBA blog typically focus on the social and economic implications of going local, so hope that you appreciate a the variance in viewpoint.

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