Summer 2017 is on its way out and fall is on its way in! It's also almost time for the Chile Festival. Here are some News and Events for September 2017.
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East Side Grocery Store
Residents of Pueblo — particularly East Side residents - are invited to a public forum on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Lucero Library. The invitation is extended and presented by E.A.S.T., a local non-profit with a Board of Directors, which includes forum organizer Tom Carrigan. The discussion will focus on the East Side's need for a grocery store and what can be done about it. City Council Representative of the East Side and representatives of city fire and police services, Urban Renewal, and PEDCO have been invited. Pueblo County Commissioners also are welcome. If you have any ideas but cannot attend the forum or if you have any questions or comments, please contact either Tom Carrigan at 719-281-4283 or Cynthia Rand at 719-314-6090.

E.A.S.T. Forum on Grocery Store

A Grocery Store in Downtown Pueblo
NeighborWorks Southern Colorado (NWSoCo), parent non-profit of LocalFood Pueblo (LFP), has acquired the old Clark's building (a.k.a. the Western Store) on the corner of Main Street and 3rd Street. The property is undergoing renovations over the next couple of years and is being dubbed "The Main Street Project". The upper level of the building will be residential units and the bottom part will be commercial lease units. Like the East Side, downtown Pueblo is located in a food desert. Because of this, NWSoCo and LFP would like a small local grocery store to reside in one of commercial spaces of the building. If you or someone you know is interested in making this a reality and helping people in and near downtown Pueblo have better access to healthy, fresh food please, contact Frank Cordova via email or by phone at 719-423-4642.

Community/School Garden Meet-up
LocalFood Pueblo and the CSU Extension Office of Pueblo County are bringing together community and school garden leaders throughout Pueblo County at the CSU Extension office of Pueblo County at 701 Court St, Suite C on Monday, October 16 at 6 PM. Leaders of existing community and school gardens as well as any serious prospective leaders of garden communities in Pueblo County are welcome to attend the gathering. The gardens attendees represent can be large or small and sponsored by a community of faith, a nonprofit, or simply a group of community members. To RSVP or for more information please email (preferred) or call Frank Cordova at or 719-423-4642 with questions or information about yourself and the garden you lead.

Healthy Food and Beverage Grant Project
It isn't the latest news, but in case you missed it, the Pueblo City-County Health Department and partners have undertaken a project to help residents of and visitors to Pueblo identify healthy foods and beverages at a glance. This especially is a great option for many people who have limited mobility or ability to purchase from farmers markets or local farm stands. For more information please visit the Pueblo City-County Health Department web page on the program and/or read the Pueblo Chieftain Article about it.

Fall Gardening is Possible
Sherie Caffey, Horticulture Coordinator of CSU Extension Office of Pueblo County

There is still time to do some fall gardening before temperatures get too low. Look at the days to harvest on any plant that you are looking to grow. Add about 7-10 days to that to account for seed germination and harvest. If that amount of days is before our average first frost date, you can still grow it! Some crops can take a light frost. Our average first frost in Pueblo is usually somewhere around October 15. Some examples include: kohlrabi, radish, spinach, turnips, and parsnips. Make sure it is a cold hardy crop. Happy Fall Gardening!

End of Summer 2017
We apologize for not sending a newsletter in July or August. It's been a very busy summer. We hope that you've had a great one! September might be the biggest month for local food events! Please continue on to the Local Events section below for a listing of events in September and beyond.

Thank You!
We would like to thank everyone for following LocalFood Pueblo and contributing in whatever ways you can. If you haven’t already please follow us on Facebook, check our website, and tell your friends about us. If you would like to help out more directly, you contact us to let us know how you’re interested in helping out. If you would like to volunteer regularly at a Pueblo City Schools (District 60) school, the first step is to fill out a volunteer application agreement. It can be found on the district website at:  For District 70 or other schools please contact the school for information about volunteering.

Please check out the Pueblo Food Finder and the Master Gardener Help Line. The Pueblo Alliance for Food Access created the Food Finder to help people find food assistance in Pueblo. Feel free to print and share the flyers or list. Additionally, Care & Share has created this list of food pantries and soup kitchens in Pueblo.Thank you!

Local Events

Farmers Markets and Farm Stands

  • St. Mary Corwin Farm Stand - Saturdays from 8 AM to 10:30 AM from June 24 through October 28, 2017. Located at the Flight For Life all-weather hangar in the West Lake Avenue parking lot, directly across from the hospital campus. Cash and SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks (EBT) accepted. Park around the back of the Flight for Life hanger and enter the farm stand at the back entrance. Please see flyer for more information.

  • Pueblo West Community Marketplace - Every Saturday from July 1 through October 7, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM. 61 E Civic Center Dr in Pueblo West. Sponsored by he Farmers Marketeers, Inc.(an organization of Master Gardeners). There is room available for vendors. For more information call 719-251-8341.

  • El Pueblo Farmer’s Market - Every Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1 PM at the El Pueblo History Museum. It begins Saturday, July 15 and continues until October 14. Featuring only Colorado naturally grown produce and handmade products! The El Pueblo Farmer's Market also accepts SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks (EBT). If you are interested in being vendor you can fill out the form at:

  • Kaiser Permanente Farmers Market at the Riverwalk - Every Thursday from 4 PM to 8 PM from June 22 through September 14. 2017. Located at 125 Riverwalk Place in Pueblo (off the Riverwalk). For more information contact Christine Pittman by phone at 719-595-0242 or email at
  • Midtown Farmer's Market - Every Friday from 7 AM to 1 PM through October 28. Located at the Midtown Shopping Center parking area on the north east end of the 4th Street bridge over the Arkansas River. Follow on Facebook or see location on a Map

  • Broadway Cup & Cork Community Market - Local gardeners and farmers, crafts people, entertainers and more are welcome to join in the community market at Broadway Cup & Cork at the corner of Broadway and Abriendo on Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM. Call 719-561-9113 for more information.

Other Events
Chile & Frijole Festival and More!

The annual Chile & Frijole Festival is on September 22 through 24! It is sure to be full of fun and great food. Besides some fall gardening for some, you could take a class on succulent plants (some of which are edible--registration deadline is Friday, 9/15) or cast iron dutch oven cooking. Also coming up in October and November are cottage food safety training classes, Master Gardener training recruitment meetings, and the Pueblo Mini Makers Faire. There's so much to do and learn! Check out our online calendar for a full listing of events. Also you can email us at if you know about any other local food events.

*Due to limitations in our newsletter platform (Mailchimp), we cannot show all of the great upcoming events within this email. However, we can link to a page that lists every event, so please click here to view them on our website - Thanks!
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