Category Archives: Saguache Life

Christmas Lights Up in Saguache

Saguache Today has confirmed from Town of Saguache officials that the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place this Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. As is the tradition the Yuletide arbol has been placed at the intersection of San Juan and 4th Streets in downtown Saguache.

Carolers and merrymakers will don their gay apparel and gather to usher in the Christmas season.

Saguache Sharing Christmas!

In other holiday news, if you know of a family in need, a multi-agency effort has come together this season to provide holiday food boxes. If you need to submit a request for help with food for Christmas please fill out the form and return either by text message 719-580-6145, email heartlvigil@gmail.com or in-person to the HEART of Saguache/KV office at 210 5th Street, Saguache, CO.

Christmas boxes WILL NOT be delivered to homes this year but must be collected from either the KV Clubhouse or the Saguache Firehouse. Indicate on the form which pickup location you wish to use. Pick up will only take place from 4 – 6pm on Friday, December 20. Merry Christmas to all!

The Christmas Giving Tree

This year’s Giving Christmas Tree can be found at Mountain Valley School! Give a child in the Saguache community a Christmas gift! Gift-givers can pick up an ornament at Mountain Valley School and receive the child’s wish list. Gifts should be dropped off at Mountain Valley School on or before December 12, 2019. Please contact Julie Brown at Mountain Valley School at 719-655-0268 if you have any questions.

Open your heart and your wallet and grab a tag from the Saguache Christmas Giving Tree located at Mountain Valley School (photo).

Shop Til You Drop

For shoppers not able to make the bazaar on Saturday but still want to support local craftspeople be sure to stop into The Wapiti Coffeehouse and check out their “Tiny Saguache Shop. This display case highlights 11 local merchants who make their own products ranging in price from $2 and up, with most products in the $10-$20 zone

“When you buy local, not only do you make the gift receiver’s day, you make the day of the merchant you buy from,” stated Wapiti owner Stephanie Buechler. Also if you’re downtown sure to stop into the coffee house and see the creative works of this month’s featured artists, Ethan Volkman! Ethan is a Senior at Mountain Valley School and has loved photography for many years. His display of works at the Wapiti is his first art exhibit. Show your support of local artists!

And remember, one way you can show your support of Saguache businesses like the Wapiti is by buying someone on your list a gift certificate from everyone’s favorite coffeehouse The Wapiti Coffeehouse is located at 319 San Juan Avenue behind Southwest Bank in downtown Saguache.

Another way that readers can support a Saguache resident looking to make some extra money while her husband is recovering from surgery is buying your holiday treats from baker Christi McConnaughhay.

“Everyone wants pie or cheesecake but doesn’t always have the time for baking,” she posted on a local community social media platform.  And based on local reviews, she is known for creating some delicious homemade pies and cheesecake. From chocolate and vanilla cheesecake to a wide variety of fruit pies, Christi is ready for your holiday requests, all made to order! She may be reached via email at ck81906@aol.com or contact her on Facebook.

New Years Dinner Canceled

This Just In from the Saguache Fire Department: To all of our community members we wish to say thank you for all of your continued support. This year has been a very busy year with multiple events and we have decided to take a break for New Years so we will not be having our annual dinner and silent auction. Thank you again to all of you.
SVFD Chief T.Ward

SLV Foods Gets $245k of Good News

On Friday, Dec. 6, the San Luis Valley (SLV) received an early Christmas present from Washington D.C. as Senator Michael Bennet, announced that the SLV Local Foods Coalition and Bytable will receive $245,963 in funding to further grow its Local Foods Local Places project. Locally, many know the name and face of this successful program as Liza Marron, the Coalition’s Executive Director. Congratulations to you and your team, Liza!

Liza Marron, growing vegetables and successful programs in the San Luis Valley. Photo: Colorado Health Foundation.

“We are thrilled to hear we have received this support from USDA. This funding will be a true force-multiplier for rural food access in the San Luis Valley by helping strengthen three existing farmers markets in Alamosa, Monte Vista and South Fork, two of which have previously been run by volunteers. This funding will also help us establish a new farm stand at the Rio Grande Farm Park,” said Marron.

The #goodnews funding was secured through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. Many residents living in Saguache Today benefit from this program which will be ever-more important as other food supplemental programs like SNAP – sit on the chopping block in budgetary committees back east.  

“Colorado is fortunate to have many organizations focused on increasing access to local and regional food systems, including San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and Bytable,” said Sen. Bennet who is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry,

“I strongly supported increasing funding in the 2018 Farm Bill for these innovative efforts, and I’m pleased to see these grants go to work here in Colorado.”

The SLV Local Foods Coalition will receive $245,963 in funding to further grow its Local Foods Local Places project, including expanding its farmers market network and education efforts to raise consumer awareness. Bytable, based in Colorado Springs, will receive $437,951 in funding to promote an understanding of regional and local food systems and provide consumers with easy and affordable access to sustainably- and regeneratively-produced food products.

From the fields to the tables San Luis Valley farmers and ranchers are an intricate part of the landscape and local economy. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program grants are a part of a $50 million USDA annual investment through the 2018 Farm Bill to develop and expand local and regional food markets, enterprises, and producer-to-consumer marketing. 

 “The Bytable team and our partners are incredibly excited and humbled to be awarded a Local Food Promotion Program grant for over $430,000 from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to be used over the next three years. Our mission to create a regionally-focused food system that supports growth for sustainable and regenerative food producers, particularly in meat, will be greatly accelerated by this funding,” said Jacy Rittmer, Chief Executive Officer of Bytable.