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Janet Day – Low-guilt convenience snacking comes to the Fraser Valley

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, Colorado

Snazzy Snacks: Have you been to the new Winter Park Market yet? It should change the way you think about grabbing a quick snack at a convenience store. The natural-products shop in the Cornerstone property is airy, comfortable and attractive – everything most convenience stores are not.

You can still gas-up and grab a bag of chips and a drink to go, but the food will be better for you. Look for snack foods at the front of the store, produce along the east wall, grocery items in the center, cosmetics and supplements toward the back. The large deli space should be open soon offering sandwiches and other prepared foods.

Don’t think organic or natural foods and convenience go together? Think again. The bag of cheese and jalapeno-flavored popcorn I bought for a late lunch last week was every bit as messy and satisfying as that found in a traditional convenience store, just somewhat guilt-free. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

More Market: Only two weeks left to enjoy the Fraser Farmer’s Market. The new and growing market will continue on Sundays through Aug. 16. Stop by the lot on the north end of Fraser to enjoy fresh produce, artisanal breads, flavorful honey, soups or sandwiches, home decor items, jewelry and more. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On the Road Again: Road trips are back in fashion as people are looking for less-expensive vacation options in this economy. I’ve always enjoyed road trips and have one planned for later this summer. But it’s nothing like the trip Fraser resident Patrick Nedele has been on this summer – driving coast-to-coast and living out of an RV that’s better days are long gone. He’s traveling the country for Ozone kites, offering demos and sales at the country’s kite boarding hot spots: the Gulf Coast, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, New York, New England, California and anywhere else there’s water and wind.

The photos will make you laugh and the blog entries make you long to hit the road. The Tour gave Nedele plenty of opportunity to check out some of this country’s historic, hallowed and harrowing locations: visiting the Wright Brothers’ Museum in Kitty Hawk, NC; trying to find a toll-free route into and through New England, driving the RV through midtown Manhattan, including Times Square. Check it all out at http://www.ozonekitetour.com.

Nedele is heading to the Pacific Northwest and California for the rest of the summer and then will be back in the valley for snow season.

Business Beyond Bombs: Fraser Valley Lions are hosting Susanne Jalbert on Thursday at the Winter Park Town Hall. The economic activist will discuss her work as the architect of Iraq’s Small Business Development Centers Program. Jalbert, who’s back in the valley for the summer, spent more than three years in Iraq promoting business development. Her presentation, “Business is Iraq’s Future,” begins at 7 p.m.

Dining Al Fresco: What is it about cooking or eating outside that makes everything taste better? Devil’s Thumb Ranch on Saturday takes the picnic concept to a whole new level with its Dinner in the Meadow. The outdoor dinner will include a four-course meal from Executive Chef Ken Ohlinger paired with wines from Appelation Wine Company. If last week’s wretched weather pattern is really gone, the dinner could be a lot of fun.

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