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Colorado “seed to plate” boosters stop by Dillon Farmer’s Market

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Representatives of Colorado Proud, an arm of the state department of agriculture that promotes locally grown food, were on hand at the Dillon Farmer's Market on Friday, offering up games of cornhole and handing out tote bags filled with seed packets and recipe cards featuring locally grown ingredients. It was the latest stop in the group's Follow Your Fruits and Veggies Journey, a month long tour across the state promoting "seed to plate" awareness and support for Colorado farmers and ranchers.

Turnout was strong under their purple and gold pop-up tent, where the four enthusiastic "locavores" quickly ran out of bags.

"We started out with fifty bags, but they were gone within an hour," said Wendy White, donning a plush watermelon hat. "We had at least a couple hundred people stop by today."

White rattled off stats like a seasoned campaigner. She touted the $40 billion that agribusiness contributes to the state economy every year and the 170,000 jobs it creates (in addition to delicious produce). And thanks to 300 days a year of sunny skies, Colorado's 32 million acres of farmland are able to produce a diverse bounty of fruits and vegetables, from cantaloupes to onions and even watermelons. The San Luis Valley alone produced more than 50,000 potatoes last year. White's take?

"They taste better than Idaho's."