Local Food Week, Colorado Springs! 9-17 to 9-25!

Oh.  My.  Gosh. 

It’s here. 

Local Food Week!!!  Below is the schedule of events as seen at peaktoplains.com.

And, some additions to the schedule…I’ve added another SPECIAL $50 Goat Cheese Making class because all of the others are already sold out!  It will be Friday, September 23, 8:15 to 12:30.  Because I just scheduled it, there are still 6 spots left!  Hopefully you can take the day off and come!!!

AND…If you buy ANY gift certificate from me for ANY class during Local Food Week, you’ll get $10 off the class(es) you buy!  You can’t beat that with a stick!!!


Local Food Week is an annual event coordinated by Peak to Plains Alliance and supported by its members. Its purpose is to educate the pulblic about the farmers and ranchers who grow food in this region as well as inform the public as to where they can access locally produced food.  It is a week filled with educational events, restaurant specials and entertainment.

Local Food Week 2011 Schedule of Events
Look for restaurant specials at Adams Mountain Cafe, Pizzeria Rustica and Tapateria. Additional restaurants will be serving local specials, so watch for more information.

Saturday, September 17

Colorado Farm and Art Market, 9am-1pm, The Margarita at Pinecreek, just off I-25 and Woodmen

Dueling Chef Challenge: 11am at the Margarita at Pine Creek

9:30am Watch Chef Heather of Change! Personal Chef Services battle chef Hethyr Pletsch of Everyday Gourmet

Colorado in a farmers market shopping and cooking challenge to create the most scrumptious dish using market ingredients.

Most Unusual Variety Competition: 10:30am at the Margarita at Pine Creek

Bring your weirdest, coolest vegetables to the Info Booth at 3pm on Wednesday, 9/14 or 9am on 9/17. The crowd will vote for their favorite entry and results will be compiled from the two days’ entries to determine who will win a gift basket of local goodies!

For the Kids: Make a Mr. or Mrs. Zucchini-Head creation! Donations of LARGE Zucchini needed!

Canning Demonstration Class, 10am, Ranch Foods Direct, $15 gets you your reservation and a $10 Ranch Foods gift card.


Sunday, September 18


Hands-on Cheese Making: 8:15am-12:30pm

Learn to milk the goat and then produce ricotta, mozzarella and chevre. After, indulge in a farm-fresh brunch and take home samples of what you created. Located on Colorado Springs West Side, these classes are discounted from $75 to $50 just for Local Food Week.  Limit of six people per class. Register with Lindsey: (719) 651-9819, more info: https://thegoatcheeselady.wordpress.com/cheese-making-classes-2/


HUG’s Local Food Tours and Classes, 1-4pm, Harrison Urban Garden

Learn what LiveWell and Cooking Matters are doing to provide food and education to the community. Come explore with hands-on nutrition activities; tour the gardens and get growing advice; meet “Bessie” the cow; watch cooking demonstrations (1:30 – Gadzooks, Got Zukes?, 2:30 Cooking with Fresh Herbs and Spices, 3:30 – Kid-friendly Garden Recipes); and learn about Bestway’s composting programs. More info: Becky Mares: (719) 528-1247, x406,becky@careandshare.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tuesday, September 20

Join Bonnie Simon of Hungry Chicken Homestead for this hands-on water bath canning class to safely can your local produce for use all year long.  Learn how to can safely, the role of salt amd sugar, and pickling.  We’ll can locally harvested produce.  Everyone will go home with a jar of produce, information resources for future canning projects, and inspiration!  Contact Bonnie at Bonnie@HungryChickenHomestead.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view itfor information.



Farm-fresh Dinner, 6pm, Pizzeria Rustica, $39 plus tax/tip for 4 courses and 4 wines

Locally-sourced ingredients featuring products from the Arkansas Valley Organic Growers and Colorado wines. http://www.pizzeriarustica.com for more info or reservations.


Wednesday, September 21

Front Range BBQ Care and Share/Peak to Plains Fundraiser, 7pm until the dancing is done, 2330 W. Colorado Avenue

Join us for live music, a pass the piggy to collect for Care and Share’s programs and beer specials to benefit Peak to Plains Alliance’s work in community education about local food sources.

Colorado Farm and Art Market , 3-7pm in the Sculpture Garden at the Fine Arts Center, N. Cascade at Dale Street.

Tomato Tasting: If you love tomatoes, $5 gets you samples of an amazing array of different tomatoes from 5-7pm

For the Kids: Make a Mr. or Mrs. Zucchini-Head creation! Donations of LARGE Zucchini needed!

Thursday, September 22

Green Drinks – 5:30-7:30pm, Blue Sage Catering, 5152 Centennial Blvd.

This event is free and open to the public. Find out ways to get involved with others who promote green products and services and support a community-wide effort to clean our city. Blue Sage will provide a venue and food. Beverages to be determined, but will be available.


Friday, September 23

Equinox BBQ and screening of What’s Organic About Organic, 6-9pm, Care and Share Food Bank, 2605 Peamble Point

Hosted by Care and Share Food Bank and Ranch Foods Direct. This movie takes you through farm fields, government meetings and industry trade shows to learn about the hidden costs of conventional agriculture and the importance of supporting local food producers.

6:00 BBQ.  Ranch Foods burgers available for purchase.  Bring your own drink and side.

7:00 Movie starts

8:30 Movie debrief


Saturday, September 24

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens Garlic Class – 10-11:30am, Harlan Wolfe Ranch, 907 W. Cheyenne Rd.

For just $15, you will learn how to grow garlic, sample many varieties of garlic, taste garlic ice cream (yes, you read that right!), tour the historic Harlan Wolfe Ranch and PPUG’s teaching gardens, and be able to purchase some of the finest garlic grown in our region for planting in your own yard. Reservations required. www.ppugardens.org.

Learn to Make Ricotta Cheese the Easy Way, 1pm, Ranch Foods Direct, 2901 N. El Paso

$15 gets you a reservation and a $10 gift card to spend in the store.  Call for reservations: 473 2306.


Sunday, September 25

Hands-on Cheese Making: 8:15-12:30, Learn to milk the goat and then produce ricotta, mozzarella and chevre and then indulge in a farm-fresh brunch. Located on Colorado Springs West Side, these classes are discounted from $75 to $50 as a special Local Food Week price. Limit of six people per class. Register with Lindsey: (719) 651-9819, more info:




Pikes Peak Community Cupboard Dinner, **SOLD OUT** 5-10pm, Hillside Gardens and Nursery, 1006 S. Institute

Support the Pikes Peak Community Cupboard and Colorado Springs Community Alliance at an end of summer community potluck dinner. This outdoor dinner is going to be fun, and it’s up to all of us to make it a success. This is a fully community-powered event and donations go to provide the venue, live music, beer, wine and other beverages for the evening. Tables, cloths, dishes, flatware and décor will be provided.

Donate $10 or more to the Community Alliance and you are guaranteed a ticket, but space is limited. All proceeds will go to cover costs. Then, make a dish with as many local and seasonal ingredients as you can find. We are looking to raise the bar, get creative and share our recipes with one another, so bring your dish with a label on it for those who may need to avoid certain foods.

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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