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Ozuké: Bringing Fermented Foods to Life in Colorado

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If you’ve ever eaten sourdough bread, yogurt, or sauerkraut, you’ve enjoyed some form of fermented food. One variety called lacto-fermentation creates foods that are literally alive with probiotic microbes, which aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients. Often slightly fizzy, they also tend to boast spunky, downright sassy flavor. “Kids really like our foods,” says Mara King, resident chef and COO of Ozuké, a Lafayette, Colo.-based company that excels at all things pickled. Mara and her founding business partner, Willow King (no relation), love offering samples of their organic foods at local farmer’s markets and watching kids (and grownups) try fermented foods for the first time. It was this excitement of creating kimchi and live, raw kraut in their home kitchens—and […]

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How to Take Food Photos Like a Pro

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Are you so passionate about Good Food that you often grab your smartphone to capture (and share) your yummiest, healthiest creations? Show us your Good Food selfies by entering our Eat Better Challenge photo contest on Facebook by January 25, 2015—and we’ll give you $5 to spend at the Shop. (You can also enter by posting to Instagram & Twitter with #eatbetter15.) It’s that easy! To learn how to create even more drool-worthy images, check out these 9 tips from pro photographers. 1. Shut off your flash. Always turn off your smartphone’s automatic flash. “Nothing mucks up a pretty picture more than a hard blast of light,”says Brad Haynes, who shoots gorgeous food shots for Door to Door Organics. “Your phone’s automatic white balance tries to make what it […]

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Gloriously Gluten-Free Whoopie Pies

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If you haven’t yet tried a fresh, locally made whoopie pie from Inglorious Monk Bakery, prepare yourself for a religious experience. Frustrated with the shortage of delicious allergen-free desserts in stores, Nancy Coppom of Longmont, Colo., started making gluten-free whoopie pies for her family, then friends. Having grown up near Pennsylvania’s Amish Country, where the whoopie pie was invented, she decided to create a gluten-free version. The results were unique and delicious. Word spread and soon a local restaurant owner called, wondering if she could supply a gluten-free dessert. Nancy dropped off samples of her chocolate whoopie pie—and didn’t make it back to her car before the owner (who’d just tasted one) ran out to place an order. Thus, in […]

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Helping Sister Carmen Help Others

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For many of its participants, to know Sister Carmen Community Center is to know the way home. This well-respected Lafayette, Colo.-based family resource center provides assistance to over 2,500 families in need—a number that can soar even higher during the holidays. Established in 1978, Sister Carmen Community Center (SCCC) serves Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, and East Boulder by operating a food bank, community garden, and thrift store and by offering a variety of classes to help people get back on their feet and to a place of self-sufficiency and dignity. “There isn’t anyone we serve who isn’t courageous,” says Basic Needs Program Manager Sarah Jensen. Taking a holistic, strength-based approach, SCCC provides a range of assistance including food, clothing, housing stabilization, […]

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Introducing a New (Old) Favorite: Boulder Organic! Soups

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If one meal embodies the feeling of home, it’s soup. “Soup is very comforting, sentimental, and nurturing,” says Kate Brown, founder of Boulder, Colorado-based Boulder Organic!, the only U.S. producer of ready-made soups that are 100% fresh, organic, and gluten-free. (You may already know–and love­–the soups under their former name, Boulder Soup Works.) Made in one of the country’s healthiest cities, these handcrafted soups are a wholesome addition to your day, whether as a quick lunch or dinner. Best-selling Roasted Tomato with Basil, for instance, contains only 61 calories and 3 grams of fat per 8-ounce serving. Nutrition research backs up soup’s health-boosting powers. Soup eaters have a smaller waist circumference and a lower BMI than those who don’t eat soup, […]

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MMLocal Preserves a Local Canning Tradition

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Five days a week, I drive an hour and a half to work. Instead of listening to my incessant thoughts or radio noise, I love to be transported to another world by listening to audio books. My current indulgence is Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which describes her family’s year-long quest to eat only local ingredients on their family farm in Virginia. This intrepid task means the family must grow as much of their own seasonal produce as possible. Virginia’s growing season averages 200 days a year as compared to 150 days in the plains of Colorado. Some mountain towns like Leadville (elevation 10,177 feet) have a mere 25 days to grow their vegetables. And although we have a good […]

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If I Were a Farmer Coloring Contest

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You’ve met a few of our favorite farmers on the trading cards we shared in your box over the last three weeks. Now it’s your turn (or your kiddo’s turn) to get creative & bring to life your inner farmer. Tell us all about what kind of farm you would like to have. Use your imagination and have fun! Need inspiration to draw yourself as a farmer? Fill out the “Mad Lib” below, which is a blast to do with a friend. Then post your colorful creation on our Facebook page or Instagram using #IfIWereAFarmer and #doortodoororganics by August 8, 2014. You just might win a Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Farm Kit! Find the official rules for the If I Were a Farmer […]

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