Over a year ago the West Elk Loop Byway put its name in the hat to be selected as one of the Colorado byways to participate in a new program — Healthy Highways. This new program has been designed to drive families to the businesses located along byways.
Of the 25 Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways, five were selected to be part of this pilot program.
The Healthy Highways program will provide professional training to selected businesses that qualify. The businesses must be along the byway, be available for the training, and be willing to track their progress. The training is provided to businesses that serve food, provide lodging, have retail space and provide recreation opportunities. Healthy Highways will create itineraries for families to follow and make finding the fun easier. Funding is included to set up a website, a Facebook page and to provide numerous opportunities for advertising and public relations.
Two restaurants along the West Elk Loop have been selected to get this training and have completed the first round, which included the development of a kid-friendly healthy menu. Delicious Orchards and the Living Farm Café Inn have agreed to participate for the West Elk Loop and have started their training.
The Living Farm Café Inn has developed a menu so enticing that adults are asking if they can get in on the choices. All the items on the menu have ingredients that are natural, organic and for the most part locally sourced from the family farm, The Living Farm. Other farms that you will find contributing are the Austin Family Farm, Big B's, Avalanche Cheese, The Potato Garden and North Fork Organics.
Chef Mike has taken all of these wonderful ingredients and transformed them into dishes that any kid from 2 to 92 can appreciate. The menu will change seasonally to follow the practice that Mike adheres to — eat what's local and what's in season. The new menu is in the café now and Mike and his wonderful staff are ready to cook up a delicious and healthy meal for your family.
The Living Farm Café Inn is located in Paonia at 210 Grand Avenue. You can call for reservations at 527-3779.
Delicious Orchards has completed the training as well and it also will be offering its new menu when it opens after its winter break. Look for it to go to regular hours in early April.
The other Colorado byways that were selected are the Gold Belt Tour, Los Caminos Antiguos, the Santa Fe Trail and Highway of Legends.
Healthy Highways selections subscribe to USDA dietary guidelines helping Americans make informed food choices. Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov. Healthy Highways is a Colorado byways program, with technical training funded in part by the Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the USDA.blog comments powered by Disqus