MM Local

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I just got a new job!¬†Officially¬†my first “real world” job, I am now a sales ambassador for MM Local, a company based in Boulder, CO that buys local, organic produce from farmers along the Front Range, cans it with minimal additives, and sells it all year round. Essentially, their mission is to become the leading national brand for authentic local food and inspire other communities to adopt the same values. I’m very excited about this job, as I will be doing demos at places like Whole Foods Market and get to spend days at farmer’s markets when they open back up for the summer!

mm local jars

I’m really excited about this job for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I think one of the most accessible ways to help not only our planet, but ourselves, is localizing food production and consumption. This would significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels at multiple levels, including those of production and transportation of goods. It would also cut the majority of processed foods out of our diets because we would be eating fresh, whole foods rather than packaged foods high in sodium and saturated fats. This is what I hope to teach people in my life, and I want to help our global society move towards sustainability, which starts at the local level. On top of that, I get free samples to eat! I just got jars of pickled beets, curried beets, tomatoes with rosemary, two different types of applesauce, and our mild pepper blend. I’m starting to cook with them and learn which ingredients go well with other things, which is not only fun for me but will help me with my job when I get questions about how to use the ingredients! I’ll keep you guys posted on the recipes I find and come up with. Wish me luck!

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Phishin’ for a Weekend

I just spent my whole long weekend at Phish in Commerce City! It was the best weekend I think I’ve ever had. Since Phish only does true festivals every two years, this was technically not a festival, but there were camp grounds and many of the people attending camped out, along with myself. First and foremost, the music was absolutely out of this world. These were basically my first Phish shows, and I couldn’t have asked for them to do it better. The first night was the Fuck Your Face show, which was historical because of the setlist; night two they nailed it with some of their best songs ever, and night three was super jammy and transcendental. My closest guy friends from home are total Phish Heads, and prior to attending these shows, I really didn’t get it. Now I’m ophishially hooked. I completely understand. The music is out of this world, the crowd is phantastic, and the vibes are all around happy and loving. Best money I’ve ever spent… now I just can’t wait for Furthur at Red Rocks Amphitheater!

Settler’s Park

Settler’s Park is a beautiful park to hike through in the Rockies in Boulder. It’s one of my favorite areas of the whole city because it’s a short bike ride away and and can be either a short, relaxing hike or an extensive one. On this day we chose the former and just hiked to a spot where we could climb on these rock figures: