New markets, new model
• Some details remain tentative, but expect to see two unusual new farmers markets around town come June. The Home Grown on Tejon Monday Midday Market and the Heritage Farmers Market are unique because they're designed for small urban farms, three acres at most, and community and backyard gardeners to sell their goods.
On Tejon Street, vendors will set up between Platte Avenue and Boulder Street in front of stores on the sidewalk, from around 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays. The Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center (1118 W. Cheyenne Road, ppugardens.org) should host the Heritage market from around 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
• Not to be confused with that Heritage Farmers Market, Katie Rosing's Heritage Belle Farms (multiple locations, heritagebellefarms.com) will offer a 2009 Community Supported Agriculture program with a twist. Rather than pre-paying for a set, weekly food pickup, Rosing's clients will receive "Heritage Belle Bucks" at the start of the market, with which they may budget throughout the season to purchase as little or as much as they prefer, weekly. She says the HBBs will also be good for eggs, meat and other items.
Wild ... yet reserved
Not so long ago in Colorado history, we were impressed to learn of decent wine being produced in state. Then we were shocked when said wine starting netting awards. Those awards have become so numerous, I'm almost disinterested when I read down the latest list of accolades for the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (3011 E. U.S. Hwy. 50, Cañon City, abbeywinery.com). At the recent Southern California Jerry D. Mead New World International Wine Competition, the Abbey took:
• a gold medal and Best in Class for the 2008 Wild Cañon Harvest Rosè — yawn.
• gold for the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon — snore.
• silver for the 2008 Vineyard Sunset and American Riesling — enough, I'm bored already. You rock, we get it.
In more lively news, the winery recently released a very limited batch of reserve wines, including a $30 bottle of 2007 Colorado Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. After sampling a bottle with four co-workers (yes, on the clock — duh?) I'm proud to say I used one word that I later found in the winery's own write-up: big. American oak-aged for 17 months and "loaded with berry fruit," monstrous might be a even better term. We aren't sommeliers, but we all genuinely enjoyed this wine.
• Print a coupon at craftwood.com to get a four-course dinner for two at Craftwood Inn (404 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs) for $40 between 5 and 6 p.m., or $60 from 6 p.m. to close, Sundays through Fridays until May 21.