Boulder County's EAT LOCAL! Resource Guide & Directory


Transition Colorado Hosts County-Wide EAT LOCAL! Week, Aug. 28 – Sept. 4


Transition Colorado is hosting Boulder County’s EAT LOCAL! Week, Aug. 28 – Sept. 4, as an opportunity for citizens to explore and celebrate the abundance of local food, highlighting local family farms and farmers’ markets, along with the restaurants, grocers, and organizations which support them.

On July 27, Boulder County Commissioners adopted Resolution 2010-95 proclaiming EAT LOCAL! Week in Boulder County. Boulder’s City Council adopted a similar resolution, to be followed by other municipalities throughout the county.

Not only is EAT LOCAL! Week a chance to celebrate and explore, but it is also a chance to discover local food sources, to meet local food growers, to become more active in the local food and farming movement, to experience the joys of fresh delicious food, and to feel what it’s like to be connected to the local food and farming system, rediscovering a deep sense of community. A detailed schedule of all EAT LOCAL! Week events will be published as an insert in the Boulder Daily Camera, Boulder Weekly, and Colorado Daily.

EAT LOCAL! Week begins with publication of the Fall Edition of Boulder County’s EAT LOCAL! Resource Guide and Directory (30,000 copies to be distributed; online edition at, featuring the 10% Local Food Shift Challenge and Pledge, and continues for a full eight days of fun activities aimed at raising awareness about the benefits of eating locally: including food film screenings, restaurant specials, outstanding speakers, chef demonstrations, cooking classes, farm and garden tours, and potlucks.

Throughout EAT LOCAL! Week, all members of the community are invited to dine out, shop, attend our featured events, throw a dinner party, or simply make a home-cooked meal using local foods and beverages—and of course to sign up for the 10% Local Food Shift Pledge!

Roundup of EAT LOCAL! Week Special Events

  • EAT LOCAL! Week Kickoff (Saturday, Aug. 28, 7:00 p.m.) at Blues & Greens Restaurant (Boulder Outlook Hotel, 800 28th St.), featuring local food and music, featuring Louisville’s own Lionel Young, along with brief presentations by a host of sponsors, officials and community partners.
  • Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social (Sunday, Aug. 29, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.), featuring Boulder Ice Cream and Izze beverages, with musical presentations from Mojo Music Academy, at Boulder County Courthouse south lawn, on Pearl between 13th and 14th Streets. Free!
  • A Taste of the Local Food and Farming Revolution! (Sunday, Aug. 29, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.) at Chautauqua’s Community House; EAT LOCAL! Week keynote presentations celebrating the rising potential for the local food system with Woody Tasch (author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered) and Transition Colorado co-founder Michael Brownlee, plus a special video appearance by Anna Lappé, author of Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It. Admission $5. Beforehand, enjoy the mobile culinary delights of StrEat Chefs, and beverages at Chautauqua’s Dining Hall.
  • “FRESH! New Thinking About What We’re Eating” (Mon. Aug. 30, 7:00 p.m.), at Louisville Public Library. Presented by Transition Louisville, this inspiring documentary film stars Michael Pollan, Will Allen, and Joel Salatin, celebrating the real people who are taking sustainable steps toward reinventing the American food system.
  • EAT LOCAL! Film Festival, (Tues., Aug 31 – Wed. Sept. 1, 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.), at Nomad Theater, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder. Aug. 31: 1:00 p.m. DIRT! The Movie; 3:00 p.m. THE GARDEN; 5:00 p.m. LOCAVORE: Local Diet, Healthy Planet; 7:00 p.m. WHAT’S ORGANIC ABOUT “ORGANIC”?. Sept. 1: 1:00 p.m. INGREDIENTS; 3:00 p.m. NUMEN: The Nature of Plants; 5:00 p.m. THE FUTURE OF FOOD; 7:00 p.m. SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL, with special live presentation by producer/director Deborah Koons Garcia (see description below). Admission $5 per film, $15 Tues. pass, $20 Wed. pass, $35 all-festival pass.
  • 5% EAT LOCAL! Community Giving Day (Wednesday, Sept. 1) at Whole Foods Ideal Market (1275 Alpine Ave.) in support of EAT LOCAL! Week.
  • “Symphony of the Soil,” An Evening with Deborah Koons Garcia (Wednesday evening, Sept. 1, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.) at Nomad Theater (1410 Quince), featuring excerpts from a work-in-progress film documentary from the producer of “The Future of Food,” a groundbreaking film exposing the dangers and abuses of genetically-modified foods. Admission $10 at the door.
  • “Flat Iron Chef” Local Food Cook-Off (Thursday, Sept. 2, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.). “Iron Chef” style, local chefs— Eric Skokan (Black Cat), Matthew Jansen (Radda/Mateo), Ayan Rivera (Chef at Large)—are paired with local farmers to produce a feast to benefit the Boulder County Farmer Cultivation Center, held at Highland City Club, 885 Arapahoe Ave. (sponsored by Slow Food Boulder, Highland City Club, Transition Colorado, and Everybody Eats!). Advance tickets $20 (, $25 at the door.
  • Local Foodshed Commons & Conference (Friday, Sept. 3, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), at University of Colorado’s Union Memorial Center, Glenn Miller Ballroom. Free! (see details below)
  • EAT LOCAL! Celebration (Friday, Sept. 3, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.) at the Millennium’s Outdoor Pavilion and Gardens and Thyme on the Creek, featuring local food prepared by local chefs, local music with Mojomama, DU4, and Jeff Brinkman, along with original local art. Admission $20 at the door.
  • “Tour de Coops” (Saturday, Sept. 4, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.). Become familiar with chickens and the variety of their dwellings in Boulder, plus visit beekeepers, goatkeepers and cultivators of special culinary gardens. Free!

Local Foodshed Commons & Conference, Sept. 3

As the centerpiece event of Boulder County’s EAT LOCAL! Week, on Sept. 3, Transition Colorado and CU’s Museum of Natural History are hosting a wellspring of community-supported agriculture, gardens and gardeners, urban farming, new farmer development, reskillings, Permaculture, food products, retailers, and farmers markets. The day begins at the spacious Glenn Miller Ballroom (9:00 – 5:30 p.m.) with the Local Foodshed Commons, featuring a variety of exhibits and demonstrations from local restaurants and chefs, local farmers and growers and their markets, local food retailers and distributors, non-profit organizations and community groups, local independently-owned businesses, Boulder-born-and-bred companies, renewable energy solution providers, sustainability services, green builders and developers, and many more! An open-mike farmyard stage will provide opportunities for brief presentations from exhibitors and enthusiasts, with sprinklings of local (acoustic) music.

In the accompanying Conference, several leading experts will share their knowledge and wisdom in special presentations and workshops. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from and talk with Fred Kirschenmann, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture (author, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience); Vicki Pozzebon, Santa Fe Alliance; Bruce Milne, New Mexico Foodshed Alliance; and Bob McFarland, California State Grange. These will be held 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sept. 3, at CU’s University Memorial Center.

The day will conclude at Millennium Harvest House’s famous Outdoor Pavilion and Gardens, with an extraordinary harvest-gathering celebration of those who support local organic food, offering culinary pleasure with awareness and sustainabililty. Here you can enjoy samples from Boulder County’s finest chefs, as local musicians offer their creative talents to bring EAT LOCAL! Week to a stunning conclusion. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

“Locally Delicious” Restaurant Specials

Transition Colorado is encouraging local chefs to feature all-local lunch and dinner specials on a particular day or throughout the entire week, highlighting locally-sourced entrees and locally-made products. Participating restaurants will be featured in the EAT LOCAL! Resource Guide and Directory and accompanying website and related promotions. Restaurants can devote a portion of the proceeds to the Boulder County Farmer Cultivation Center.

8 Responses to “Transition Colorado Hosts County-Wide EAT LOCAL! Week, Aug. 28 – Sept. 4”

  1. Hello, I’m a middle school teacher at Watershed School. This year, our entire curriculum is organized around a Farm to Table theme, and we are so excited to see that the Eat Local week coincides with the start of the Fall semester! We will be encouraging families to participate in as many of the Eat Local events as they can.
    I have two specific questions:
    1) We would love to bring our class of 19 students in grades 6-8 to the showing of Dirt! on Tuesday Aug 31 at the Nomad. Is there any possibility of getting a free or discounted student admission? It would be much easier on our budget to watch the film in class over Netflix, but it would be much better for the kids to view it in the company of involved adults from the Boulder community.
    2)Is there a fee for the Friday Sept 3 Foodshed Commons Conference? Do you have a more detailed schedule? We are holding individual student conferences in lieu of classes that day and would like to encourage kids and parents to visit the exhibits and perhaps to attend a conference presentation.
    Thanks so much!
    Jen Bamesberger

  2. Mr. Kim Gyr says:

    Hello and thank you for all that you’re doing in Boulder, where I spent 3 of the first 4 years of my life!

    Having lived in Europe for 31 years, I have become convinced of the absolute necessity to create a global infrastructure that is 100% sustainable! Please view my own designed solutions on my website at

    We have all got to create 100% sustainable solutions, while we still have the energy to implement anything! So, your efforts are greatly appreciated!

    Please have a look at what I propose for the production of food, transportation and energy without petroleum, and improve considerably on them, for the sake of all the children who will follow us!!!

    Yours sincerely,

    Kim Gyr
    Director, Green Millennium

  3. Karl Hanzel says:

    The Tour de Coops sounds like a fun & interesting event. ‘Looking forward to it.

    ‘Would like to participate & share the coop that i’m building … but do so virtually, so as to avoid a bunch of fossil-fueled transport to my residence.

    Please take my virtual tour here:

    ‘Will probably take the physical ‘Tour by bicycle. Let’s hook up if you would like to join me in that. ‘Guess we’ll get more details on the Tour soon (like a map, perhaps?). Reach me as .

    ‘A few notes about my coop:

    - ‘Live in the close-in foothills NW of town. A neighbor has lost several chickens now to bears in multiple incidents. The bear(s) just come along and mow down their plywood & 2×4 coop. In fact, i recently inherited all their chicken chow, as they’ve now given up trying to keep birds. That’s the motivation for the relative stoutness of the structure that i’m building. So far, some electric fencing seems to be keeping critters at bay with the temporary coop that we have.

    - The “active solar heating system” is probably going to mostly just keep the duck “pond” (a bathtub) liquid through the cold of winter. I rather expect that the birds body heat along with the generous insulation will be enough to keep ‘em warm enough inside the coop. Last winter, they were relocated to a corral in a semi-insulated garage during the coldest several weeks we had back in Dec/Jan.

    - Intend to partition the interior into a space for the birds, and a space to store chow & perhaps some garden implements. I’ll mount the laying boxes on the bird’s side of the partition, and do the trap door through the partition so that one can reach inside to collect eggs.

    - The attached run will be out in front of the coop on the built-up terrace, and also wrap around the east & north sides, so that the birds can be outside in the shade of the roof eave, if they so desire. I’m putting wire fencing over the top of the run too, so raptors can’t have their way of it… that’s the one predatory loss that we’ve so far had so far.

    ‘Enjoy the Tour!


  4. rjs says:

    Overall, transportation accounts for about 14 percent of the total energy consumed by the American food system.
    Other favorite targets of sustainability advocates include the fertilizers and chemicals used in modern farming. But their share of the food system’s energy use is even lower, about 8 percent.
    The real energy hog, it turns out, is not industrial agriculture at all, but you and me. Home preparation and storage account for 32 percent of all energy use in our food system, the largest component by far.

  5. Editor says:

    An op-ed piece in the Times merely represents someone’s opinion and does not necessarily constitute the truth. For another perspective, see Anna Lappe’s recent well-documented book, “Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It.”

  6. KK says:

    No, there’s other good (footnoted) evidence beyond just the op-ed piece in the times. The transportation footprint is easy to measure, and we *should* try to reduce it, but we also very much need to focus on efficiency at home. Nothing wrong with that!

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