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  • Tom Bastek | May 27, 2015 3:00 AM ET

    Choose Colorado Debuts Pop-Up Picnics

    Choose Colorado Debuts Pop-Up Picnics

    Photo courtesy of Colorado Proud

    Pop-up restaurants have been all the rage over the last few years, and there are even pop-up bars popping up nowadays, but Choose Colorado is going a bit more outside with pop-up picnics.

    A summer-long series of farm-fresh, modern picnics celebrating locally-grown produce, the Choose Colorado Pop-up Picnics are focused on the accessibility, affordability, and health benefits of eating local produce. These picnics will take place at Front Range and Western Slope festivals, concerts, and farmers markets and run from May 16 through September 5. 

    The picnics are offering people a chance to “taste” the impact of buying local and supporting the state's agricultural infrastructure. They aren’t picnics in the traditional sense, as they are “swapping out ready-made meals for fresh produce and exchanging woven baskets for reusable tote bags,” according to a press release. The pop-ups will also offer harried consumers a new way to experience local produce.

    "We are seeing a shift in consumers who are busier than ever and on-the-go — but who still want to take healthy, locally-grown products with them, especially during summer activities," said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown, a third-generation Colorado farmer. "This year's Choose Colorado Pop-up Picnics celebrate the buy local spirit, showing consumers that they can be busy and still pack a healthy picnic with local produce perfect for any Colorado outdoor event."

    Colorado has a bustling agriculture business with more than 36,000 farms occupying 32 million acres and providing 172,000 jobs. Choose Colorado feels that buying local not only adds to the $40 billion in agriculture revenue contributed to the economy but also “… supports Colorado's western heritage, preserving the farms, ranches and land that define the state.”


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Tom Bastek The Main Course

Tom Bastek Tom is a writer in the Atlanta Area. He has traveled to all 48 continental states and almost every stop in the Caribbean. In addition to Traveling, Tom geeks out on bowling, craft beer, trains, pinball, comic books, sci-fi and playing the tuba. You can get him at and @TravelWriterTom.
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