Resources connect holiday shoppers with producers

Although sweet and juicy summer produce might be a distant memory, Colorado also offers a variety of products perfect for holiday gifts and meals. Many Colorado farmers extend their growing seasons, and farmers’ markets move indoors for the winter.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture Winter Farmers’ Market List provides information about markets statewide. Additional online resources connect holiday shoppers with producers, including the Colorado Food & Agriculture Gift Guide and Colorado Christmas Tree List.

“It is amazing the variety of items that are available year-round from Colorado producers,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Look for the Colorado Proud logo when shopping for food and agricultural products for the holidays.”

The Winter Farmers’ Market List includes markets offering special holiday events and winter hours.

The Colorado Food & Agriculture Gift Guide features locally made salsas, jams, culinary seasonings, alpaca socks, sweets and more. The gift guide also highlights the faces behind local food and product manufacturers.

The Christmas Tree List identifies locations where people can find the perfect tree for their families, including u-cut operations and information on cutting trees in national forests.

Visit www.coloradoproud.org to find online holiday resources. Find Colorado products year-round at the website at  www.comarketmaker.com.