Monday, April 2, 2012

Eatin' organic at the RV park

Organic RVing? Does that mean pesticide free biodiesel? Out in Larkspur, Colorado it means RVers munching on organically grown garden goodies. Matt Fredell at the local Jellystone Park is taking Yogi off picnic baskets and putting him into healthy fare like broccoli and carrots. In fact, Fredell--an organic farmer--wants all the guests to taste his organically grown produce.

Campground owner Ian Steyn is so far behind the concept that he's hired a pair of award-winning chefs, Tom and Shari Fritz-Scholten, to teach campground guests gourmet meal-making and win-pairing this summer. "We want to start teaching our guests about the principals of good stewardship, of taking care of yourself and the things around you," Steyn said in a press release.

The campground cookoffs are slated this way:

  • An outdoor food and wine pairing class on Memorial Day weekend
  • A gourmet barbecue class on June 16 in celebration of Father’s Day and to help guests prepare for their own July 4 celebrations
  • A "farm to table" gourmet weekend on July 21, celebrating Colorado’s history and agricultural heritage
  • A wine pairing class on Aug. 18, which will help guests prepare for Labor Day weekend activities
  • A fall farm to table celebration on Sept. 21.

If you sign on, you won't need to bring your own silverware. "We plan to serve the food on recycled paper plates, which will then be fed to 10,000 earthworms that will consume the paper and any leftovers. We will then use the casings from the worms as fertilizer for our organic gardens. So everything will go full circle," Steyn said.

gag photo: olgaberrios on flickr.com

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