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									                                Fabulous Farmers’ Markets
                                   By Alison Stoven, Horticulture Agent

                                                            Drake Road Farmers’ Market
                                                            Day: Saturday
It’s the time of year when farmers’ markets are in full     Dates: April 18-September 26
swing. Fresh produce, baked goods, cut flowers...you        Time: 10am-1pm
just can’t beat the selection and the chance to chat with   Location: Cafe Columbine Parking lot in Fort Collins
local producers. Farmers’ markets have gained in            (intersection of Shields and Drake)
popularity over the last few years, and with local food     Visit www.drakeroadfarmersmarket.com.
movements, will continue. Fortunately, in Larimer
County, you can shop and eat fresh nearly every day of      Loveland Farmers’ Market
the week:                                                   Day: Tuesday
                                                            Dates: May 3-October 27
Larimer County Farmers’ Market
                                                            Time: 11am-3pm
Day: Saturday
                                                            Location: Hobby Lobby Parking lot in Loveland
Dates: June 27-October 10
                                                            (NW corner of Orchard and N. Lincoln)
Time: 8am-noon
Location: 200 W. Oak Street, Old Town Fort Collins
                                                            Estes Park Farmers’ Market
(Larimer County Courthouse Parking lot)
                                                            Day: Thursday
Note: The Larimer County Farmers’ Market is
                                                            Dates: June 4-September 4
celebrating its 34th year in Old Town. Proceeds support
                                                            Time: 8am-12:30pm
Larimer County Extension and the Master Gardener
                                                            Location: Stanley Park Fairgrounds (1209 Manford
program. Extension Master Gardeners and Master Food
                                                            Ave., Estes Park)
Safety Advisors are on hand every Saturday to answer
                                                            Notes: Extension Master Gardeners are available to
gardening and food safety/preservation questions. Free
                                                            answer gardening questions each market.
children’s activities are offered the first Saturday of
each month.
                                                            Berthoud Farmers’ Market
Visit www.larimercountyfarmersmarket.org.
                                                            Day: Thursday
                                                            Dates: June 25-September 24
Fort Collins Farmers’ Market
                                                            Time: 3pm-7pm
Days: Sunday and Wednesday
                                                            Location: Railroad Park on 3rd Street, north of Mountain
Dates: May 3-October 25; June 27-October 28
                                                            Ave. in Berthoud
Time: 11am-3pm
                                                            Extension Master Gardeners are available to answer
Location: Harmony Place Parking lot (intersection of
                                                            gardening questions each market; Master Food Safety
Harmony and Lemay in Fort Collins)
                                                            advisors will be available once per month for food
Visit www.fortnet.org/market.
                                                            safety and preservation inquiries.

                                      Be Sure To Check Out:
                             2009 Colorado Extension Annual Report
                                        Larimer County Extension
                                    featured on pages 5, 17, and 24—25
       “Learning by Doing”
                By Wendy Woerner
                      4-H Agent

Ask any Larimer County 4-Her if they’ve been busy             Dog project members had weekly training and
learning…chances are they’ve been running from here           practice opportunities to train their pup in Agility
to there with mom and dad trying to keep up! Of our           and Obedience…with a few Fun Matches along
1,100 Larimer County 4-H youth, many of them are              the way for the competitive bunch.
active in quite a few other activities apart from 4-H,        Poultry, Cat Rabbit project members had several
such as school programs, intramural sports, youth             clinics each to help them learn about raising and
group and more. Yet, they still find time to attend many      showing their furry creature.
great workshop and clinics because they love to learn!        Dairy, Fiber and Pygmy goat members spent the
But who wouldn’t…especially when the 4-H educa-               spring attending various clinics and workshops
tional opportunities are fun and “hands-on”. This             regarding health, and showmanship.
spring there were over 200 individual activities avail-       Dairy Cattle kids enjoyed lots of hands-on training
able . Included in this list are a host of project work-      at local dairies around Larimer County .
shops, clinics and meetings where hands-on learning is        Sewing and Quilting classes were a hit with six
a guarantee. Additionally, there were numerous leader-        different opportunities to learn, and Cake Decorat-
ship opportunities, monthly 4-H club meetings and             ing members had the chance to decorate their
project Fun Matches.                                          cakes with the help of qualified leaders.
                                                              4-H judging team kids meet once per week all
    Vet Science project members attended the CSU
                                                              spring to perfect their communication, public
    Vet Teaching hospital for a grand tour.
                                                              speaking and teamwork skills.
    Shooting Sports kids met weekly to hone their
                                                              With too many horse clinics and workshop to list,
    skills and learn safety first in Shotgun, Archery,
                                                              lets just say our horse project kids stay very en-
    Air Rifle, Air Pistol, .22 Rifle and Muzzle Loader.
                                                              gaged.
    Small Engine project members spent a Saturday
                                                              In the midst of all this, 4-H Contests, such as
    morning visiting Wagner Rents to learn more
                                                              Demonstration, Performing Arts, Creative Cooks
    about the businesses that relate to their project pas-
                                                              and more were a big hit among many 4-H youth/
    sion and Electrics project members came together
    to fix mom and dad’s broken appliances.                It’s great to know our county 4-H kids are staying busy
    Leathercraft project members were able to attend 5          doing great things, and they are learning to become
    different workshop sessions at Old West Leather             more responsible, gener-
    and Beads in Greeley where the shop owner                   ous citizens of their com-
    teaches the lost art of leather crafting.                   munities along the way!
 Extension and County Fair
             By Laurel Kubin, Director

Larimer County Extension is the off-campus branch of             In both 4-H and Open Class, the winners receive a rib-
Colorado State University that brings education out into         bon and a small cash award, called a "premium". In
the communities to address economic, environmental               some cases, there are also trophies or other awards pro-
and societal issues. 4-H is the youth development pro-           vided by sponsors for the top award winners.
gram of Extension. The county fair offers the 4-H
members a place to show, and be evaluated, on the qual-   Extension views the county fair as an opportunity to
ity of the project work they've completed during          provide education for the public. People can watch the
the year.                                                 judges work in the Open Class divisions, learning what
                                                          the judge is looking for as quality is evaluated. Other
4-H projects offer youth ages 5 - 19 the opportunity to   exhibits, such as the Action Exhibits during the week-
learn responsibility, leadership, and life skills as they end, offer fair-goers an opportunity to learn about skills
raise an animal, create a garment, baked product, or      from artisans and hobbyists. Extension displays and the
photograph, for example. They also learn safety skills as booths staffed by Extension Master Gardeners and
they learn through the shooting sports and model rock- Extension Food Safety Advisor Volunteers in the East
etry projects. There are hundreds of different 4-H pro-   Exhibit Hall, also provide opportunity to learn trusted,
jects that appeal to both urban and rural youth. In       non-commercial, research based advice in food safety,
Larimer County there are more than 1000 youths in 4-H. natural resource management, and gardening, from
Their projects can be found in the Thomas M. McKee 4- Extension.
H Building and in the livestock pavilions at the county
fair. Every youth wins a blue, red, or white ribbon that If you would like to exhibit items in the Open Class de-
indicates quality and effort.                             partments of the Larimer County Fair, go to
                                                          www.larimercountyfair.org to access the list of items
Extension facilitates the Open Class exhibits that are    you might enter. You will also find the pre-registration
found in the East Exhibit Hall of the First National Bank form at that site. Send your pre-registration form prior to
Building. People of all ages, from anywhere, can exhibit July 13 and it will cost you nothing to display at the fair.
in the Open Class departments. Within each department Open class items are to be delivered to the fairgrounds
in Open Class, there are divisions that are called        on July 28 or 30. See the complete schedule at the web-
"classes". An example is the Sports Action class in the site to know when to deliver and retrieve your items.
Photography Department. In each class, up to three
awards can be given - - a blue ribbon for the first place Also, CSU Alumni Day at the Larimer County Fair is
award winner, a red ribbon for second place, and a white Saturday, August 1. Wear green and gold. Come and
ribbon for third place. The judges have discretion as to have fun!
which items receive an award.
The Larimer County Fair is a partnership among The Ranch, Larimer County Extension, Rodeo Committee, the Fair Board, and
Larimer County Commissioners. The staff and several hundred volunteers, including the Junior Livestock Sale Committee, work
with passion and dedication to conduct a great county fair each year. Many thanks to all!
  4-H Teaches Life Skills                                                      Dealing with
                                                                               Tough Times
           By Kathy Wolfe
               4-H Agent
                                                                               By Laurel Kubin
                                                                               Family & Consumer
The 4-H program promotes life skill                                              Science Agent
development and has made this claim.         Credit cards are a necessary part of our financial transactions.
Recently, we’ve studied the effect of
                                             They are required for many purchases including renting a car or
being in 4-H and can definitely prove our
                                             reserving a hotel room. Avoid charging purchases unless you
claim.
                                             know you can pay for them in a short time, preferably at the
In late summer of 2008, a survey of          end of the billing cycle.
1,843 Colorado 4-H members was
                                             Important tips to keep in mind:
conducted including 200 members from
Larimer County.          4-H members         1. Make your credit card payments on time. This is the
responded affirmatively to the following:       number one factor that impacts your credit.
Because I’m in 4-H…                          2. Maintain balances well below your credit limit. A
                                                benchmark is to use no more than a third to half of your
      I know how to keep records
                                                credit limit to maintain a good ratio of credit to debt.
     I know how to do community
                                             3. Don’t use convenience checks sent to you in the mail or
     service
                                                cash advances. The credit card companies usually charge
     I take leadership roles                    3% - 4% to use these checks in addition to no grace period
     I can give a talk or a demonstration       and higher interest rates.

      I can made good decisions              4. Read the fine print! Know what terms and conditions that
                                                are on your cards. If your credit score is above 700 you may
     I can solve problems                       be able to negotiate better terms.
Conclusions of this study are that 4-H
membership makes a positive difference                                Ask yourself:
in the lives of young people regarding the                       Do I really need this?
six life skills analyzed. The longer                            Is it even good for me?
young people are members in 4-H                        What would happen if I couldn’t have it?
program, the stronger the life skill                     Is there an alternative I can accept?
development. 4-H makes a difference in
                                                       Is there a better way to use this money?
the lives of young people!
                                        Firing Up the Grill
                                                 By Nora Garza
                                                 Nutrition Agent

As warm weather greets you at your doorstep and sunny days inch into long, colorful evening sunsets, you
may be inspired to fire up the grill! But wait-before you use the traditional grilling methods and foods you
may have used in the past, take a moment to learn about the best grilling techniques and new foods you may
not have tried, or even thought of grilling.
Research has shown that when foods come in contact with intense heat and/or smoke during grilling,
carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs),
are formed. However, you can reduce the amount of these compounds in the food you consume, simply by
adopting several 'healthy' grilling tips:

     Cook food at a lower temperature (embers should          Use low-fat meats and trim off fat to avoid fat
     be low-burning) and flip often.                          dripping into the grill. Also, use punctured foil
     Use small pieces of food to shorten cooking time.        to further eliminate dripping, since dripping can
     Raise the grilling surface from the heat source.         cause flare-ups and result in smoke, which
     Remove portions of food which are burned or              contains PAHs.
     charred before eating.                                   Marinate meat before cooking.


You can further eliminate carcinogenic compounds through the foods you choose to grill. Meats increase the
risk for the formation of HCAs. So, why not mix up your grilling repertoire with enticing veggies, fruits, or
even pizza? Or, impress your friends with a tasty dessert, hot off the grill.
Grill your favorite veggies. Peppers, onions, carrots, broccoli, and asparagus are a few options. Make sure to
brush veggies with olive or canola oil so they don't get stuck on the grates. If the veggies you choose are too
small to sit on the grates, use a grill pan or place veggies on a piece of foil.
Enjoy a colorful veggie pizza. You can use a homemade or store-bought crust, but make sure it's thin.
Otherwise, the crust may be blackened, but not completely cooked. Brush the crust with olive oil before
grilling and top with tomato sauce, low-fat cheese, and grilled veggies of your choosing.
Invent your own 'combo kebab'. The options here are only limited by your imagination! Combine different
veggies with meats, or create a fruit kebab. Use a variety of spices to make these kebabs even more mouth-
watering.
Create a refreshingly fun, fruity dessert. Grilled fruit is a terrific treat at the end of any meal!            Like
vegetables, make sure to brush fruit lightly with olive or canola oil, or wrap fruit in foil. Cut fruits like apples,
bananas, pears, or peaches in half, or into chunks. Pineapple is also a tasty choice. For added sweetness or
flavor, top fruit with a bit of brown sugar, honey, or cinnamon.
Source: Healthy Heart Beats, Vol. 29, Issue 2
                                                                                   Processing canned foods
Preserving Summer’s Bounty                                                         in a boiling water canner
                                                                                   or pressure canner using a
                By Edie McSherry                                                   tested recipe is necessary
                 Food Safety Agent                                                 for safety. In addition,
                                                                                   adjustments in processing
Springtime is the ideal time to begin planning how                                 time and pressure must be
you will preserve the fruits and vegetables that will     made at our altitude. Botulism can occur when safe
be abundant in the coming months. Even if you             canning methods are not used.
don’t have time or land to grow your own food, you
                                                          Dehydrating or drying is one of the oldest methods
can take advantage of a wide variety of high quality
                                                          of food preservation. Drying preserves foods by
produce at local farmers’ markets and roadside
                                                          removing the moisture so that microorganisms
stands. There are three main methods of preserving
                                                          cannot grow and spoil the food. Since most of the
food: freezing, canning and dehydrating.                  moisture is removed, dehydrated foods take less
Freezing is an excellent way to preserve the              storage space than frozen or canned foods and their
freshness, flavor, texture and nutrients of fruits and    flavors become much more concentrated.
vegetables. Freezing slows down enzyme activity
                                                          Drying food is simple and easy to do. Foods can be
and retards growth of microorganisms.             Most
                                                          dried in an oven or in a food dehydrator where there
vegetables will need to be blanched, or briefly
                                                          is control of warm temperature, humidity and air
cooked before freezing, to prevent loss of color,
                                                          circulation. Dried foods are versatile - just think of
flavor and nutrients. The key to successful freezing
                                                          the possibilities. Cherries, grapes, pears, and apples
is to always use airtight containers to prevent freezer
                                                          make flavorful snacks. Celery leaves, onions and
burn.     Freezing works well for fruits, some
                                                          parsley season soups and stews. Thinly sliced and
vegetables and herbs.                                     seasoned zucchini make tasty chips. You can
Canning is the process in which foods are placed in       dehydrate corn and sweet peppers or even make your
jars and heated to a temperature that destroys            own fruit leather and jerky.
microorganisms and inactivates enzymes. This
                                                          Preserving food at home means having an abundant
heating and later cooling forms a vacuum seal which
                                                          supply of a variety of food when fresh produce isn’t
prevents further spoilage during storage.                 available, and having specialties like raspberry-
The first step in canning is to know which of the two     jalapeno jam or green tomato salsa that can’t always
safe processing methods you should use, and that          be purchased, and the satisfaction of actually
depends on the acidity of the food. High acid foods       preserving foods yourself!
such as fruits, jams, jellies, relishes, most tomatoes
                                                          For resources, recipes, fact sheets, food preservation
and anything pickled in a vinegar solution, can be
                                                          workshop schedule and answers to your food
processed in a boiling water canner. Low acid foods
                                                          preservation questions,
such as vegetables, meat, poultry and fish are
                                                          call CSU Larimer County
processed using a pressure canner.
                                                          Extension at 498-6000.
                                   Family Together Time
                                             By Jacque Miller
                                   Family and Consumer Sciences Agent

When 1,500 school children in a national study were asked what they thought made a happy family, they didn't
list things like money or cars - - their number-one answer was doing things together. Children want parents
and caregivers to show interest in their activities, do things with them, and talk with them.

Giving time is an important way of showing love and appreciation. A strong family finds that opportunities for
quality time emerge from quantity time: the more time you spend together, the better chance you have of
sharing quality experiences. Eating meals together, talking about the events of the day, sharing joys and
defeats, doing household chores together, and spending some evenings popping corn and watching movies are
examples of shared activities.

          Here are some ideas for doing things together as a family…for LE$$

Take advantage of local public resources
   Spend time together at the park or local community festival.
   Go for hikes or bike rides.
   Go for a family picnic.
   Go swimming at the local pool, lake, ocean, or springs.
   Take advantage of free programs offered by the library, museums, and
   community bands or orchestras, or other free community events.
   Check out books, music, and videos for free from the library.

Find cheaper entertainment at home:
   Have a family game night.
   Rent or borrow movies, pop some popcorn, and have a family movie night
   at home.
   Bake or cook together as a family.
   Read stories to one another.
   Go on evening walks together.

Help your children learn new skills and ideas
   Teach children how to garden.
   Teach children craft skills you enjoy and spend time doing these together.
   Teach children about issues that are important, such as politics, news, the environment, or others. Are there
   opportunities in the community to volunteer as a family for a cause you all believe in?

Plan time together. Extra time will not just “appear” in a hectic schedule. But if you plan ahead, mark family
events on a calendar, and work together, you will discover creative ways to find time for family fun. And your
family will be healthier, too!
                                                                      Meet The Staff



                            Laurel Kubin                  Kathy Wolfe              Jacque Miller        LuAnn Goodyear           Edie McSherry
                              Director                    4-H / Youth                Family &             4-H Horse              Food Safety &
                                                                                     Consumer              Program                   Health




                     Donna Goodwin               Alison Stoven              Nora Garza          Wendy Woerner         Pam Heeney           Fred McClanahan, Jr.
                      Support Staff               Horticulture                SNAP               4-H Youth            Support Staff            Support Staff
                                                                             Nutrition
                                                                            Education

                                                                Extension County Office Phone Numbers

                   Larimer Edition                              Adams ............................(303) 637-8100      Kiowa ............................ (719) 438-5321
                                                                Alamosa ........................ (719) 852-7381       Kit Carson .................... (719) 346-5571
                Is a publication of                             Arapahoe ...................... (303) 730-1920        La Plata ......................... (970) 247-4355
             Colorado State University                          Archuleta ...................... (970) 264-5931       Larimer ......................... (970) 498-6000
                     Extension                                  Baca .............................. (719) 523-6971    Las Animas .................. (719) 846-6881
                                                                Bent ............................... (719) 456-0764   Lincoln .......................... (719) 743-2542
               1525 Blue Spruce                                 Boulder ......................... (303) 678-6238      Logan ............................ (970) 522-3200
         Fort Collins, Colorado 80525                           Broomfield .................... (720) 887-2286        Mesa .............................. (970) 244-1834
                (970) 498-6000
                                                                Chaffee ......................... (719) 539-6447      Mineral .......................... (719) 852-7381
              FAX (970) 498-6025
                                                                Cheyenne ..................... (719) 767-5716         Moffat ............................ (970) 824-9180
                                                                Conejos ........................ (719) 852-7381       Montezuma ................... (970) 565-3123
                                                                Costilla .......................... (719) 852-7381    Montrose ...................... (970) 249-3935
Colorado State University Extension’s programs are avail-       Crowley .................... (719) 267-4741 x7        Morgan .......................... (970) 542-3540
able to all without discrimination. The information con-
tained herein is provided as a public service with the under-   Custer ........................... (719) 783-2514     Otero ............................. (719) 254-7608
standing that Colorado State University makes no warran-        Delta .............................. (970) 874-2195   Park ............................... (719) 836-4289
ties or endorsements, either expressed or implied.
                                                                Denver .......................... (720) 913-5270      Phillips .......................... (970) 854-3616
Colorado State University Extension, U.S. Department of         Dolores ......................... (970) 677-2283      Prowers ........................ (719) 336-7734
Agriculture and Colorado counties cooperating.
                                                                Douglas ........................ (720) 733-6930       Pueblo ........................... (719) 583-6566
                       June 2009                                Eagle ............................ (970) 328-8630     Rio Blanco .................... (970) 878-4093
                                                                El Paso .......................... (719) 636-8920     Rio Blanco .... (Branch) (970) 675-2417
                                                                Elbert ............................ (719) 541-2361    Rio Grande-Saguache.. (719) 852-7381
                                                                Elbert... (Branch office) (303) 621-3162              Routt ............................. (970) 879-0825
                                                                Fremont ........................ (719) 276-7390       San Miguel .................... (970) 327-4393
                                                                Garfield ......................... (970) 625-3969     Sedgwick ...................... (970) 474-3479
                                                                Gilpin ............................ (303) 582-9106    SLV Area Office ........... (719) 852-7381
                                                                Grand .............................(970) 724-3436     Summit ......................... (970) 668-3595
                                                                Gunnison ...................... (970) 641-1260        Teller ............................. (719) 689-2552
                                                                Huerfano ....................... (719) 738-2170       Washington .................. (970) 345-2287
                                                                Jackson ........................ (970) 723-4298       Weld .............................. (970) 304-6535
    Visit us online: www.larimer.org/ext                        Jefferson ...................... (303) 271-6620       Yuma ............................. (970) 332-4151

								
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