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Farm-fresh food is a common ingredient in Colorado cookingFarm-fresh food is a common ingredient in Colorado cooking
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Colorado Taking Green Initiatives with Visitor Packages and Farm Fresh Foods

Colorado is a leader in environmental initiatives and the tourism industry provides opportunities for visitors to volunteer while on vacation. Programs such as Rock Resorts’ “Give & Getaway” packages, The Broadmoor’s “Green on the Green” package and the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative sustainable tourism programs let tourists give back while enjoying their visit and bonding with family and friends. There are also a number of green education opportunities across the state.

Call it what you want: farm to table, agri-tourism or organic eating. When it comes to locally grown foods, from produce to livestock, Colorado is Foodie Heaven. The state ranks second in certified organic acreage in the U.S. Many restaurants across Colorado base their menus on locally grown food. Some chefs, like Ryan Hardy of Montagna in Aspen, own their own farms to ensure that the restaurant’s produce is fresh. Other restaurants, like The Kitchen in Boulder, use locally grown ingredients and nearly everything in the restaurant, down to the straws, is biodegradable.

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