Colorado Proud was developed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1999 as a free marketing program designed to help consumers, restaurants and retailers identify and purchase Colorado food and agricultural products that have been grown, raised or processed in Colorado.
A spokesman from Colorado Proud joined 9NEWS 7 a.m. to talk about the holiday program and share some great local gift ideas.
Some gifts featured on air include the following: (descriptions provided by Colorado Proud)
Colorado gift baskets from RegionalMakers.com
Share the Colorado Proud love to friends and family that live outside of the state. The Big and Little Colorado gift baskets are filled with delicious Colorado products in a unique, ready-to-ship Colorado gift box. From cheese and crackers to dried fruits and chocolate, these baskets will give recipients a "taste of Colorado." For ordering information visit www.regionalmakers.com.
Cheesecake in a Jar from Decadence Cheesecakes
Six individual gourmet cheesecakes, baked fresh in recyclable glass jars and shipped right to your door. With more than 25 flavors, you can mix and match for your gift package and include a personal holiday message. For more information and ordering, visit www.decadencecheesecakes.com.
Fire-roasted jelly trip from Hacienda Maize
This decedent trio of fire-roasted jellies is a great holiday gift idea for friends, coworkers and those "foodies" in your life. The jellies are all natural, made with Colorado-grown chiles, premium spices and fresh local produce. The trio comes pre-packaged in a holiday gift box so you don't even have to worry about the wrapping. Visit www.HaciendaMaize.com for more information and to order.
Beef variety packages and tote bags from Potter Farms
The family owned and operated Potter Farms offers fresh holiday beef variety packages delivered right to your door. Whether you're looking to give it as a gift or use it to whip up a holiday feast, these packages are sure to wow. The various packages include cuts of tenderloin, t-bone and ribeye, ground beef, and beef stew meat and range in price from $18 all the way up to $100. Potter Farms also makes tote bags and carry-alls from recycled feedbags. For ordering information please call (970) 963-4922.
Gourmet spreads from Loredana's
What do you get those "foodie" friends that are so hard to please? Handmade and packaged right here in Colorado, these Italian-inspired spreads, vinaigrettes and marmalades from Loredana's are sure to impress the most refined palate. For more information and ordering, visit www.loredanas.com.
S'mores kits from So Much 'Mores Campfire Desserts
These gourmet s'mores kits are perfect for everyone on your list. The pre-packaged kits come with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows, and are easy to make in the microwave so you don't even need to worry about the campfire. With unique flavors such as Cozy Cinnamon Apple and Pike's Peak Peppermint, you'll be sure to make everyone asking for s'more. For ordering information, visit www.SoMuchMoresCampfireDesserts.com.
Dog treats from Auntie's Cookie Kitchen
Don't forget about your four-legged friends this holiday season. Auntie's Cookie Kitchen dog and horse treats come in a variety of flavors, including peanut butter and bark-b-q and are locally baked with Colorado ingredients and no artificial colors or flavors. Make those tails wag this holiday season by visiting www.auntiescookiekitchen.com.
Grappa and Brandy from Peach Street Distillers
Palisade, Colorado is home to more than peaches. Bourbon, brandy, grappa, gin and vodka are all distilled locally at Peach Street Distillers. These unique-looking bottles make a great gift for a host or hostess, client or boss, and those family members of legal drinking age. Visit www.peachstreetdistillers.com for more information.