DENVER – August 2014 – Colorado is a powerhouse of agriculture, bringing delicious, healthy produce such as Palisade peaches, Rocky Ford melons and Olathe sweet corn to Coloradans’ taste buds this season. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association, a membership organization representing seven farms, wants to remind Coloradans that in addition to seasonal fruits and vegetables, eggs are a food staple that shoppers can buy locally and enjoy year-round.
“Thinking about where food comes and buying locally is a high priority for many people today,” said Jerry Wilkins, president of CEP. “By purchasing Colorado-produced food, available at grocery stores, farmers’ markets and restaurants across the state, Coloradans can trust that they are getting quality food while supporting local producers. For example, when you purchase locally produced eggs, you are not only getting high-quality fresh products, you are also supporting Colorado's farmers, ranchers, processors and the state’s economy.”
Colorado Proud Month, which takes place every August, is a time to recognize and celebrate all of the fresh food and produce grown by our own local Colorado farmers and ranchers. Colorado Proud is a program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture developed to identify food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in the state. Every CEP member is a proud participant in the Colorado Proud program.
Buying locally laid eggs gives Coloradans many buying choices. For example, CEP members are proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced and brown or white eggs. These local farm fresh eggs can be found at most of your favorite Colorado grocery stores.
Below are some great reasons to buy locally produced food courtesy of our partners at Colorado Proud.
• Seasonal diversity. Buying locally allows you to experience seasonal and regional favorites, diversifying your diet year-round.
• From farm to fridge. Instead of traveling from farms thousands of miles away, local produce is harvested and delivered immediately. Because your food spends less time in transport, it remains fresher longer.
• Support the local economy. Buying locally helps maintain jobs, sustain family farms and ranches and contribute to your state’s economy.
• Invest in the future. Buying local preserves the strength and character of communities for generations to come.
• Preserve open space and wildlife habitat. Buying local is better for the environment because it helps keep Colorado’s farms and ranches profitable, thereby maintaining open space and wildlife habitat.
To find out where you can purchase Colorado produced eggs, visit the “Where to Buy Colorado Eggs” page under the Resources section of our website, www.coloradoeggproducers.com.
You can also support CEP, Colorado Commodities, Colorado Proud produce and other local farmers at the upcoming Colorado State Fair from August 22nd to September 1st in Pueblo, Colo. Stop by the CEP booth to learn how eggs are produced and processed and see how chickens are raised. Information will also be available to help answer any questions you may have about egg recipes, nutrition and proper egg handling and cooking. The Colorado State Fair is a 142 year-old tradition. More than 480,000 people will walk through the historic gates of the fairgrounds in Pueblo to celebrate youth and agriculture.
CEP is a proud sponsor of the 3rd annual Pedal the Plains bicycle tour, taking place September 19th to 21st. The event will run through the Eastern Colorado towns of Wiggins, Ft. Morgan and Sterling – registration is now open.
Learn more egg facts and where you can purchase Colorado eggs by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. To learn more about CEP please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.
About Colorado Egg Producers Association
The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout the state. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Local egg farmers take great pride in providing eggs to Coloradans. Eggs are a gluten-free food and we are proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs, although it is important to note, there is no nutritional difference between cage-free eggs and conventionally produced eggs. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.