Latest News – January 17

Classes: From Selling Salsa to Conceal Carry

It’s always good to keep learning! So here is a list of upcoming community classes that may have something to offer you.

Have you been thinking about starting a cottage food industry business, maybe making some money on the side this summer peddling your grandma’s cookies or famous salsa at the local farmer’s market or fair? Then this week’s upcoming Food Safety Training seminar is a MUST to make your dreams come true!

If you're looking to sell your homemade edible goodies at places like the Leadville Community Market then the food preparation class is for you! Photo: Leadville Today

If you’re looking to sell your homemade edibles at places like the Leadville Community Market then the food preparation class is for you! Photo: Brennan Ruegg

Last summer you may have seen vendors selling cottage foods at local Farmer’s Markets and thought you’d like to try something like that. Now that winter is here, it’s time to work on making your idea become a reality. What exactly does it take to bring “cottage foods” to a community market?

One key requirement in the Colorado Cottage Food Act for home based entrepreneurs is a food safety for Cottage Foods training certificate. One of the best ways to meet this requirement is to attend a training offered by CSU Extension. Chaffee County extension agent Christy Fitzpatrick will offer Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers to be held this Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds, 10165 CR 120, Salida.

Learn what foods and products are permitted under the Cottage Foods Act, ingredient labeling requirements and basic food safety for a home business. After taking and passing a short quiz, participants will receive a certificate of completion, good for 3 years. Officials overseeing the health and food safety of cottage foods, such as health department staff and Farmer’s Market managers, are also encouraged to attend the class to learn about the requirements of the law and the food safety expectations for cottage food vendors.

Preregistration is required by calling the Chaffee County Extension Office, 539-6447 or emailing Christy Fitzpatrick at The $15 registration fee (cash or check to Extension Activity Fund) covers program materials, testing, certificate and light snacks. A minimum of four participants is required to hold the class. Colorado State University Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.

Next Saturday, Jan. 23 there will be a Conceal Carry Class in Leadville. Taught by Guns and Garters the class will be held at 10 a.m. at CMC in the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center room 403. Cost is $65. Seats are filling up, however, they do have some available and will be accepting students at the door. Guns and Garters is a complete Training Academy offering CCW, basic pistol, rifle and shotgun training s well as defensive handgun training. They offer co-ed, Mother/Father/Child classes and Ladies-only classes. For more info or registration go to or call 970-946-4310.

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