Colorado Proud February

Colorado Proud February

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

Vegetables and herbs love sunshine. And sunshine is something Colorado has in abundance so even in cooler months protected plants can be plentiful.

Each month the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different state grown or produced commodity to highlight. This month CDA is shining a little light on locally grown greenhouse herbs.

Wendy White is with the Colorado Department of Ag Markets Division. She says they’ve developed a Colorado Herb Pesto that combines seven different herbs with garlic, pecorino romano cheese, and pistachios.

White: Colorado is really lucky to have abundant sunshine that it’s really conducive to growing in greenhouses. We have about 236 farms in the state that are growing greenhouse vegetables and fresh cut herbs. And that’s under more than 1.8 million square feet under glass or other protections. There’s a lot of greenhouse growing all across Colorado and this month we want to focus on those herbs so our Colorado Herb Pesto features a wide variety of herbs growing in Colorado. From basil and oregano to thyme and tarragon it’s a really great refreshing recipe, even for the winter months.”

You can find the Colorado Herb Pesto recipe at www.Coloradoproud.org and by clicking on the link at Colorado Ag Today. Colorado Herb Pesto

Greenhouse growers supply fresh herbs to local grocery stores and restaurants across the state year round.

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