Conservation organization The Nature Conservancy announced Oct. 1 Ploughboy Market of Salida is a top-five finalist in the state for its second annual Nature’s Plate Contest.

The contest is a people’s choice contest for top “green” restaurants that focus on sustainable seafood, free-range and grass-fed meat, organic produce, locally sourced food and tap water, rather than bottled water.

Ploughboy joins four other finalists in the state. The others are Colterra in Niwot, Tasty Harmony in Fort Collins, The Kitchen in Boulder and WaterCourse Foods in Denver.

“We are, at the risk of being cliché, actually shocked and awed at being nominated for this award. I mean, we are a small business, in a small town, and we are being compared to the likes of big businesses in Denver and Boulder,” Ploughboy Marketing Director Sam Montgomery said.

“It’s really an honor to be among the other nominees and receiving recognition from the Nature Conservancy as well.”

Voting for finalists began Oct. 1, and the winner will be announced Oct. 17. People may vote at

Voters will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card at the winning restaurant.

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