Many of our readers know that we are transitioning between editors at Roaring Fork Lifestyle. My friend and highly respected journalist, Nicolette Toussaint, is moving on to new opportunities. These opportunities include pursuing an artist’s residency, travel, and spending more time with her husband and best friend Mason. Nicolette will continue to have an important presence as a writer with the magazine. You are hopefully familiar with her work as a talented journalist, but she is also an incredible artist. I have seen several pieces of her work featuring nature scenes, some of which hang in the Colori Gallery & Studios in Basalt. I am confident that Nicolette will remain highly engaged in the local community, and I look forward to seeing where her passions take her next.
What does home mean to you? What about community, neighbors, or friends?
In the five years that my husband and I have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley, we’ve thought a lot about what these words mean to us. We spent our twenties bouncing from place to place, exploring what the world had to offer, and found ourselves here unexpectedly in 2012. Following the typical path that many young transplants walk in the valley, we found an apartment we couldn’t really afford, started new jobs, and ended many long days at the dinner table questioning whether we could make it here long-term.
Pondering this question, the honey-making family behind Wild Bear Bee Farm in Snowmass recently presented to the Cornerstone Classical School in Basalt. Co-owner Chris Stoner looked to scripture for answers. For her, the Bible’s teachings “show that God cares about how we behave. He expects us to be good stewards of His creation.” Indeed, her family business has worked hard to uphold this expectation.
Carbondale’s 5Point Adventure Film Festival returns for its 10th year this month, featuring more than 50 films on April 20-23 at the community center downtown. The multi-day event includes additional annual festivities such as panel discussions, spoken word, music, live podcast recordings, art demonstrations, book signings, dance performances, and appearances by filmmakers and athletes from around the globe. Executive director Meaghan Lynch noted, “Intimate yet inclusive, the laid-back vibe of our festival is a direct reflection of its birthplace, the Carbondale community.”
PRO TKD Martial Arts Center recently invited world champion power breaker Master Sloane Cameron to help lead a series of events for female empowerment, including the center’s 20th annual Kick-A-Thon. The event raised funds to help students attend the U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang. Photography by Master Fuechsel and Carolyn Oswald.
In February, Aspen Words hosted its fourth annual Youth Poetry Slam at the Third Street Center, with spoken word performances by local high school students. This community event was the culmination of two weeks of intensive poetry workshops held in schools from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Photography by Michael Stevens.
Carbondale Arts presented Cirque d’Sopris in February, featuring the talents and fashion designs of young Roaring Fork Valley creatives. For this year’s theme, “7th Generation Rising,” local youth explored what life could look like after the environment has drastically changed. Photography by Tyler Stableford.
If you’ve ever wanted to get more involved with the valley’s farmers and food producers but haven’t known where to start, Isaac Foust wants to help.
“We have a lot of people around here who want to buy local and support growers, but they just don’t have the time,” he says. “Some families have the ability to take a trip to the grocery store for organic products, another trip for their CSA pick-up, another for their herd share pick-up, and so on—but most don’t. So what I offer is a service to make things much simpler and cut out those multiple trips.”
Imagine the flavor of local peaches, crisp greens, sun-warmed apricots, slicing tomatoes, eggs with creamy golden yolks, and meats raised humanely just a few miles from your house: hungry yet?
The Roaring Fork Valley’s farms are rich with the freshest and most delicious foods. But how can we get our hands on what they have to offer us? Enter the valley’s community-supported agriculture programs, also known as CSAs: the easiest, most cost-effective ways to procure locally-grown produce and other farm goods throughout most of the year. CSA members pay a set cost at the onset of the growing season, and in turn receive shares of a farm’s harvest as it becomes available. April is ripe for sign-up, so contact a local farm now to claim your share of good eating this year.
Lifting the seedling to your mouth, you marvel at its perfection: an achingly green, luminous sprout with a pubescent white root. It’s still alive. Liquid spurts across your tongue as its flesh bursts, and lingering notes of flavor hint at summer, earth, and mystery.
Mrs. Glenn loved my first-grade class. So much, she told us, that she just couldn’t let us go. She graduated along with us, becoming our teacher for the second grade too. That allowed me to proudly bring the pumpkin seeds for Mrs. Glenn’s final year of teaching.
There is nothing better than fresh food you grow yourself. Our daughters were raised picking peas and digging carrots and potatoes. Teaching children how to grow and harvest vegetables can be fun, really; you reap the benefits of time spent together outdoors, being productive. Below are some suggested practices my family uses for growing organic produce at home.
Uncork the wine, light the grill, and call up your friends and family: this River Valley Ranch showstopper was built to entertain.
Test your culinary prowess in the roomy chef’s kitchen while guests enjoy the main floor’s spacious open floor plan. Is warm springtime weather beckoning the group outside, or is it just the spectacular view of Mount Sopris? Either way, head outside to take it all in for a lovely evening on the patio or by the cozy fire pit.