Fresh Fall Food in the Four Corners
The temperatures are slowly dropping, and we’re making the switch from iced to warm coffee. Summer - the time of popsicles, sweet strawberries, and river days - is winding down to an end. Durango will soon be enveloped by the thousands of aspens ringing in the fall season. Naturally, our palettes will also begin to shift with the season and towards local food, as September is the Local First campaign for the Durango area. We’ve gathered some of the most flavorful spots to welcome the taste of autumn here in our four corners.
Harvest Dinner, by Local First
On September 15th, starting at 5:00pm on the Smiley Building lawn, local farmers, chefs, and your neighbors will be dining on local food at the 3rd Annual Harvest Dinner! This is a direct way to get involved in the local food scene by promoting the Local First campaign and by eating straight from our local four corners farms. Make sure to get tickets before you show up! All proceeds go directly to Local First and their movement for “growing and sustaining the local food movement alongside our community partners.” Show up, dine with your friends, and learn more about our local fall harvest!
What better way to support local farmers and to eat freshly grown produce than to participate in this harvest share program? During the Fall Harvest, the SFFC provides kale, beets, carrots, parsnips, winter squash, and a multitude of other seasonal produce ready to be eaten. All farmers grow in SW Colorado, NW New Mexico, and the North Fork Valley, and bring their harvest to Cortez where you’re able to pick up your fall fresh bundle, and shake the hand of your local farmer. With options to participate in the Harvest Share Program and receive fresh fall food weekly or even to simply volunteer and participate in the “local food scene,” the Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative is one of the most well-rounded ways to get your autumn food fix.
Carver Brewing Company’s Fall Brews
Covering the bases, Carver’s fall beer line-up will have you aching for cold weather and saying a quick goodbye to summer. Ranging from German malts to classic American hops, you won’t want to miss out. The Munich Dunkel is their prize-winning amber lager, rich and full with Munich Malt, and making you ready to cozy up with the autumn temperatures. With a full seasonal menu, Carver’s is making the transition from warm, blue skies to crisp air and colorful trees the easiest transition yet.
Keeping with the fresh and local pattern, Seasons, located in the heart of Downtown Durango, sources local produce to craft seasonal dishes. Did you catch that from their name? Look no further than their restaurant for a lovely fall dinner paired with a wine from their extensive and internationally recognized menu. They bring the smoky, wood-burned, and warm flavors out of their farm-to-table food to prepare you a locally grown and grilled dish, every time. Roast chicken, grilled bone-in ribeye, grilled double-cut pork chops, green chile cheddar sweet potatoes, and more. Keep an eye out for their new fall menu around the 3rd week of September.
Local Farmers Markets in La Plata County
The epitome of fresh and local food lies in the wonder of a farmers market. Luckily, La Plata county is home to a multitude of these to support each and every community of farmers and artisans. We compiled an expansive list so that everybody has an opportunity to support their local community:
Each market is home to their own unique bunch of produce, and each vary in time, meaning you could go to all of them! This is another great opportunity to shake a farmer’s hand and get the fresh fall food you’ve been dreaming of.