Greetings Fellow Eaters of South Central Colorado!
The Valley Roots Food Hub is a regional aggregator and distributor of local foods. We build relationships in our communities by serving producers, grocers, restaurants, and institutions with the most fresh, and highest quality local foods from your friends and neighbors. Now we are excited to be offering our Summer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fresh Box and CSA Online Market to you! Learn more about Valley Roots CSA Sign Up below »»
Building the Local Food Economy is here and now.
The Summer CSA Fresh Box is both a membership into the CSA Program and Summer distributions of Colorado storage crops and greenhouse production. The online CSA Market is a cutting-edge, informative, and effective way to shop for the freshest and best local foods right from the source.
Learn more about the Valley Roots Food Hub by visiting the website at: http://www.valleyrootsfoodhub.com
Valley Roots Food Hub - CSA Online Market is NOW OPEN!
Enjoy watching the 2015 CSA Video of delicious Fresh Food dishes from the San Luis Valley! Watch CSA Video »»
CSA Sign Up:
- Sign Up - Interested folks can register for an account here:
The sign up deadline for a 2017 CSA share is June 20th. Stay tuned for the WInter CSA December 2017-January 2018!
- Become a Member - Select the 2017 Summer Fresh Box Multi-Farm CSA for $450 (which comes out to $35 a week) under Memberships (near the end of the catalog). The Summer CSA Distribution Box will allow you to use the CSA Online Market. The Summer CSA Share includes all the local, FRESH foods from our region that can be procured at this time of year.
What is a Valley Roots Fresh Box? It's a $35 assortment of fresh produce, along with a surprise value-added item. It is a weekly distribution, 13 weeks. Here's an example of what you can expect to find in a box in late June:
- Organic Tieton Sweet Cherries, Black Bear Orchards, Palisade, CO
- Tomato, Beefsteak. Graber's Produce, Alamosa, CO
- Mesclun Mix, Ring a Ding Farms, Howard, CO
- Green Leaf Lettuce Head, Brightwater Farms, Monte Vista, CO
- Mushrooms Agaricus Button, Colorado Mushroom Farm, Alamosa, CO
- Russet Potatoes, COG, White Rock Specialties, Mosca, CO
- Red Radish, COG, White Mountain Farm, Mosca
- Turnips, COG, WMF
- Cilantro, COG, WMF
- Garlic Scapes, Antonia Garcia
- Sunflower Oil, Colorado Mills, Lamar, CO
- This list is an example only, the final list may change depending availability and market conditions, but will come out to the expected value. Like the spirit of a traditional CSA, half the excitement is in the element of surprise.
- Payment - Payments are made via credit card at checkout. Your card won't be charged until about a week after placing the order. SNAP Double-Up Food Bucks now in place& Through the Double-Up program, a weekly box will come out to around $20 per week!
- Delivery - The 2016 Summer Fresh Box Multi-Farm CSA is for 13 weeks and will be composed of One Box available for pickup on Fridays. Please refer to the dates listed at sign up. The other items you purchase from the CSA Market will also come on those days. The pick up locations will be:
- Alamosa at the Local Food Coalition office starting at 12 pm
- Creede and Del Norte starting about 10 am (contact us for delivery details)
- Crestone at Chokecherry Farm starting at 2 pm
- Saguache at Saguache Works starting at 3 pm
- Salida starting at 4 pm (looking like at the old Seasons Cafe location. Stay tuned for more details!)
- Deadlines - Your Summer CSA is due as soon as possible (so we can plan) and the CSA Market items will be due the Wednesday 4pm before that Friday's delivery.
Please direct any questions to our Manager Nick Chambers at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-588-8245.
A Celebration of Local Agriculture!
Your chickens are still on the ground, your lettuce is growing in the greenhouse sun, your potatoes are still in storage, and your asparagus is considering poking its verdant spears through the soil surface. Over the next week these local foods will be harvested, procured, and delivered to our region's top local food chefs and venues for our annual Farm to Table CSA events.
May 19th: Kristopher Sackett WIlliams and Julie Kimbrough at Seasons Cafe in Salida are busy opening their new location right on the banks of the mighty Arkansas River. They have got some tricks up their sleeve for sure and you want to find out what they are while enjoying Salida's most powerful restaurant location at the hands of this game-changer duo and their loyal staff! To have such dedicated local food restauranteurs landing such a location will be a monumental event in the history of the Central Colorado local food system. Just watch, dine, and partake in this welcomed anomaly of fiercely-local and almost completely Organic, non-GMO, and Fair Trade. We just booked Pint and a Half, one of Salida's favorite music duos!
May 20th: Scott and Lynette Tieder at Our Food is Art has some serious gears churning. You probably know their gluten free bakery items sold at several locations around the community, but this is a chance for Scott to get creative and prepare something special from the Living Arts Institute kitchen which is powered by solar hot water (exclusively) and biogas (in part) made from food scraps. Oh yeah, we'll save some biogas to flare at night so you can witness nature's most elusive and beautiful colors of orange, purple, and blue: the original Eternal Flame. Peter Anderson will be releasing and reading from his new book, and there's some rumors of some other spoken word happenings. Expect some acoustic music around the camp fire into the night with Steve and Trevor Storm and friends.
May 26th: Many of you have noticed that the strip of Alamosa chain stores is interrupted by something different called Locavores. Long time potato farmers, Wendi Seger and her husband Matt have brought a trend-setting, fast food concept to freshly prepared local foods. Ah, what a contribution to a community that is a powerhouse of local food production! They have also recently launched a versatile line of gourmet sauces, dips, and accouterments called Avant Garden that will add fresh flavor to your kitchen. The menu includes gourmet salad bundles, loaded toasted flatbread with vegetarian, lamb and pulled pork options, loaded fingerling potatoes, calabacitas, and house made surprise dessert. Beer garden is planned and music is TBD.
And of course, at all of these events staff from the Local Food Coalition and Valley Roots Food Hub will be there to answer questions about 2017's CSA Fresh Box program. With the generosity of the Creede Repertory Theater, the first 5 sign ups at each event will win a pair of tickets to any of the CRP's performances all summer long! Wow!
So, we look forward to hearing from you and breaking bread with you soon!