From Palisade peaches to Olathe sweet corn, it is easy to find delicious, high quality food produced locally in Colorado. Did you know that these products provide more than just delicious food? The Colorado agriculture industry is responsible for 170,000 jobs and more than $40 billion to the state’s economy. When Coloradans buy local food and produce, they can feel good knowing that they are supporting hard working farmers, ranchers and producers throughout the state. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association wants to thank Coloradans for their continued support and remind them that eggs are a food staple produced locally year-round.
“Whether it’s because of the quality or the environmental impact, buying fresh, local food is a top priority for many Coloradans today,” said Mike Surles, local egg farmer and CEP member. “When you buy food grown in Colorado, you can be sure of the care and quality that went into making it. Eggs are a great example. From producing the freshest eggs to giving back to our community, the Colorado Egg Producers are proud to serve Colorado.”
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, 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 from Colorado Proud to buy locally produced food.
• 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.
In addition to providing Coloradans with a high quality, local product, CEP is also committed to feeding our neighbors in need. This football season, CEP will cheer on the Orange and Blue while giving back to the community. For each point our team scores this season, CEP will donate a dozen eggs to Food Bank of the Rockies. Tune into radio station 850 KOA on game days to hear about our partnership from Kevin Seggelke, president and CEO of the food bank.
You can also support CEP, Colorado Commodities, Colorado Proud produce and other local farmers at the upcoming Colorado State Fair from August 28th to September 7th in Pueblo, Colo. The Colorado State Fair is a 143 year-old tradition. More than 480,000 people will walk through the historic gates of the fairgrounds in Pueblo to celebrate youth and agriculture.
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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.