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Tidbites | Week of March 27, 2014

By Mallane Dressel
Susan France
Boulder County Farmers' Market

THE SINK AIN’T A HOLE 

Though it didn’t discuss its criteria for the rankings, Business Insider ranked the top 31 college bars in the U.S. last week. On the list: The Sink.

“It’s hard to find a better deal than their 2-3-4 happy hour ($2 wells, $3 drafts, $4 martinis),” wrote Business Insider, making livers go all aflutter up on the hill.

But after accolades like that, it sure would be embarrassing if The Sink didn’t win best bar in Best of Boulder. Sinkophiles better jump online and vote before the polls close on Monday, March 31.

PASTA JAY’S GETS SAUCY Frequent Best of Boulder subject Pasta Jay’s has three physical locations, but is now expanding beyond brick and mortar and into glass.

Starting this week, Jay’s signature marinara will available bottled at its Boulder, Moab and Lone Tree storefronts.

A press release cited the recipe’s origins as being rooted in 19th century Italian royalty and said that it has been a long-held goal of owner Jay Elowsky to bring that sauce to the world at large.

Pasta Jay’s Marinara will be exclusive to Pasta Jay’s restaurants for now, but Elowsky is working to bring it to retailers as well.

FARMERS’ MARKET SEASON IS NIGH 

Boulder County Farmers’ Market is kicking off spring right. Opening day is scheduled for April 5, with festivities to include, breakfast, local band music, live painting and goats (sorry, not the fainting kind).

Seventy five vendors will be in attendance for opening day, that number fluctuating up to 100 once the market season hits full swing.

A new vendor for this year, Rowdy Mermaids, will be quenching people’s thirst with Kombucha, which they craft using farmdirect organic teas and locally-sourced fruit, as well as filtered Colorado snow melt. Other new vendors include, Rocky Mountain Fresh from Lyons, providing greenhouse pickling cucumbers, lemon cucumbers and Japanese cucumbers, El Regalo Ranch in Salida, offering goat meat and Organic Sandwich Company, selling gourmet, organic sandwiches.

Plowshare Community Farms, known for their pork and lamb meat, will be including vegetables in their sales this year because owner, Eve Teague, was able to lease land from open space.

Music for opening day will be delivered courtesy of Whiskey Autumn, a local indiefolk act. While they’re doing their oohs and ahhs, artist Julia Lynn Copeland will paint live and kids can play around with baby goats — also called kids — brought over by Mountain Flower Dairy. All while taste testing and purchasing their favorite Boulder County Farmers’ Market products.

Brad Burger, manager of Boulder County Farmers’ Market, assures that all the construction in the market area will be cleaned up and sectioned off as to not cause harm or be in the way of the market activities by opening day.

Get more info at www.boulderfarmers.org.

Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com





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