Ask which Grand County businesses are giving back |

Ask which Grand County businesses are giving back

Giving Back. The Grand Foundation’s summer newsletter got my attention with its long list of grant disbursements for this year ” nearly $200,000 given to a variety of local non-profit groups ranging from environmental to social to educational to animal. It’s money that can make a difference in local residents’ health and well being, which in turn makes a difference in the entire county’s well being.

Equally important as the money going out is the money coming in. One can’t occur without the other. So it is heartening to see that many of the entities that benefit most from the growth and change in the county are corporate sponsors. That means they participate in the resort gold pass program, the single biggest funding mechanism for the foundation. Resorts, banks, realtors, developers and builders are all corporate sponsors.

Some of the county’s big names aren’t on the list. I know many of them are contributing to the area’s needs in other ways, but it can’t hurt to look around at companies you do business with and ask what they’re doing to give back.

End of the Road. My neighbors have been summer residents of this area for a very long time. Over the years, they’ve enjoyed going up to Rollins Pass, admiring the scenery themselves or showing it off to family, friends and out-of-state visitors.

But their age and use of a minivan instead of an SUV has kept them from driving up the Moffat Road for some time. They fear their low-clearance van won’t be able to get through the erosion and road damage above the trestle. While the bottom two-thirds of the road has been improved to handle heavy logging trucks, the couple-mile stretch from the trestle to the top has not.

The road does get awfully crowded in the summer, to many local hikers’ and campers’ annoyance, but driving up to the Continental Divide is a way for those who can’t or won’t hike to get up above timberline, look down on the valley, learn about our railroad history and understand why we all live here. Maybe one of the logging companies working in that area would like to take a day this fall or next summer to simply re-grade the top portion of the road. I have no idea what kind of permission or permits would be required, but it would be a nice corporate gesture to the community.

Last Taste of Summer. One of my great disappointments with the end of summer is the end of the Granby Farmer’s Market.

At this past Friday’s market finale, I was buying as much produce as I thought I could eat or cook or freeze when Joe and Carol Morales started talking about salsa. The secret, they said, was radishes. And a baby zucchini. Yuck, I thought.

But they were persuasive, so I went home and skeptically made a small batch as they instructed. In the process, I learned to not doubt a farmer’s advice on the best way to use his vegetables. The radish adds some kick while the zuke cools it down. After experimenting with three batches in three days, here’s what I came up with:

Clean and trim the following ingredients and put in a food processor.

1 large vine-ripened tomato

1 medium to large, seeded jalapeno pepper

1 small bunch of Morales Farms young onions, white parts only

1 medium Morales red radish

1 Morales baby zucchini

As much fresh Morales cilantro as you like

Pulse a few times until desired texture is reached. Squeeze the juice from half of a lime into the mixture and stir. Store in refrigerator for a couple hours or overnight. Get out the chips and start dipping.

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