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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. 

Holiday Extravaganza in Saguache

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! And there’s plenty of merriment coming up this weekend to get you into the holiday spirit. So break out the jingle bells and round up the children, because the Holiday Season is underway in Saguache Today

Plan to attend this Saturday’s Annual Holiday Bazaar in Saguache.

On Friday, Dec. 6, friends and neighbors are invited to the Historic Ute Theater where merry-makers will be treated to the “Jolly Holiday Variety Show”  beginning at 7 p.m. an incredible holiday-themed showcase of music, poem, reading, song, puppetry, skit, and dance. Ome and celebrate the holiday season by enjoying the talented expressions of your friends and family, young and old and in between! This by-donation event will help support Saguache Sharing Christmas, a community collaborative project which raises funds to provide meal boxes for families during the holidays. 

Shop Til You Drop

 Then on Saturday, the Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Community Building from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sponsored this year by HEART of Saguache and KV Estates and offers for sale a variety of beautiful handmade wares from local and regional craftspeople. There’s nothing like a homemade wreath or Christmas tree ornament to get you into the holiday spirit! Word on the curb is that the jolly guy himself, Santa Claus will be making an appearance from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. So grab those wish lists and get the kiddos dressed in their Christmas finery for pictures. Santa Claus is coming to town!

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.

Saguache craftspeople’s goods are for sale at the Wapiti Coffeehouse (photo).

“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. Thanks for supporting local artists and creative-types by showcasing and selling their goods!

 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.

Made to order for your holiday table. Contact Christi today!

“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.  

O Tannenbaum! O Tannenbaum!

Saguache Today heard from Town of Saguache officials regarding the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Carolers should be advised that the tree lighting has been re-scheduled (due to unforeseen circumstances) for Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

O Tannenbaum! O, Tannebaum! The Christmas spirit comes alive with the Holiday Tree Lighting on December 14 in downtown Saguache! Photo: Saguache Today/ Brandie Taylor

Until then folks can visit the Giving Christmas Tree 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.