Laurie Dameron at COMBO Songwriters Showcase at Walnut Room

Photo: Laurie Dameron at COMBO Songwriters Showcase (photo by David Barber, Rock on Colorado.com) By Conor McCue, CBS Denver | PLATTEVILLE, Colo. (CBS4) – It’s been nearly a month since an EF-1 tornado touched down in Northern Colorado and tore through Miller Farms in Platteville, damaging semi-trailers and acres of crops. On Sunday, Tajahi Cooke, chef and owner of Denver-based Ms. Betty’s Cooking hosted a BBQ fundraiser to help the family get back on its feet.

“They literally break their back on a daily basis, so I’m willing to sweat for a day,” said Cooke.

The farm has been in the Miller family since 1949, and over the decades, it has stocked many local farmers markets in Northern Colorado. The family also donates a large portion of its remaining crops to local charities and food banks.

“Sometimes we do the free giveaway where people come out and do it,” said Michelle Vanhoesen, a third generation Miller. “Other times we just donate it to local food banks and local charities.”

On June 7, Vanhoesen was just down the road when a tornado touched down in Weld County. She remembers rushing over to the family property, and watching it go through fields of sugar snap peas and carrots from the window of her parents’ home.
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