As Peaches Come Off Trees, Colorado Chefs Have Big Appetite For Local Ingredients

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There's a bumper crop of Colorado peaches this year, and they're coming to a store near you.

There's a bumper crop of Palisade peaches this year, and Colorado chefs are eager to design dishes around them. Take the heirloom tomato and peach salad at Bin 707 Foodbar in Grand Junction, for instance. Head chef Josh Niernberg says when he opened his restaurant in 2011, people wanted more local food, but he wasn't able to find it. Farmers today increasingly strive to meet the demand, says Wendy White a spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture.

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Niernberg and White spoke with Colorado Matters host, Nathan Heffel.