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.
VRFH Accepting SNAP! Valley Roots Food Hub is now accepting SNAP/DUFB for our Online Market! SNAP is also available to use at local venues such as Farmer Markets, Local Grocers, Co-Ops or others participating in the program. Please see How to apply for SNAP Benefits Below.
Summer CSA Boxes Sign-up Begins May 1st!
Online Pre-Ordering for Summer CSA Fresh Boxes is available for signup beginning May 1st. Also the A-La-Carte Ordering - CSA Online Grocery Market is available for individuals and families with open shopping year-round. Pick and choose what local foods you want in your box each time you order. Enjoy a seasonal bounty of Colorado produce including apples, potatoes, beets, carrots, radish, winter squash, garlic, and our signature "cracker-jack" items! Visit VRFH for Shopping Program Details »»
We are excited to be offering our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Wholesale Markets to you! Source local foods weekly from our Southern Colorado Foodshed and thru the Denver Cooperative via these direct links for delivery of our locally grown sourced food!
Market Orders are open for 2 weekly placement times and delivery schedules. - Orders placed by 4pm on Friday will receive Tuesday delivery - Orders placed by 4pm on Tuesday will receive Friday delivery A $250 Order Minimum will receive Complimentary Delivery! View YouTube Video - How to order from the Valley Roots Food Hub »»
Use Snap to Pay for your Online Food Orders - please note payment and receive info VRFH Accepting SNAP - Local foods are for everyone! Thank you to VRFH for taking a step toward food equity.
Caveat: participants must come to our warehouse to receive and pay for their orders. Delivery is NOT available at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience. Order online as usual and enter a Purchase Order (PO) with your initials, date, & SNAP (ex: AS 2/25/21 SNAP) in lieu of a credit card payment. Reach out to Ally for more information. View Info Graphic »»
Apply for SNAP Benefits - SNAP is here to help during COVID
SNAP the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides a monthly supplement for purchasing nutritious food. Benefits are available to support families as well as the local economy. Temporary changes due to COVID-19 make it easier to apply and may increase your benefit amount. View the Apply Info in English »» View the Apply Info in Spanish »»
Apply for SNAP Benefits Over the Phone
The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition is now providing remote SNAP application appointments. Anyone wanting food assistance can call to complete an application. To schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 719-937-2319, or text SNAP to 719-539-5606. You can also apply for SNAP benefits online at Colorado PEAK »» or by calling your local human services department. Emergency allotments for SNAP recipients not receiving the maximum amount will be issued. Go to Hunger Free Colorado »» for any SNAP or food resource updates. Local food resources can be found at SLV COVID Food and Resource Directory »»
For Colorado families with school-age children, a new food benefit called Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, is here to help! P-EBT is available for families who qualify for free or reduced meals at school but missed it because of schools closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic; eligible households may receive up to $279 per child that will support the family in creating healthy, wholesome meal options for kids who are now home during the school day. Read More about P-EBT Benefit »»
Accepting SNAP in Combination with Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB)
We are happy to announce that we are accepting SNAP EBT (Colorado Quest) in combination with Double Up Food Bucks! This statewide partnership program will allow SNAP benefits to be used for CSA Shares, Farmer's Markets, Grocers, Food Cooperatives, and various marketplaces. Learn about SNAP EBT Benefits via LiveWell Colorado website »» Double Up Food Bucks allows SNAP users to effectively double the reach of their SNAP dollars when used on Colorado produce. This ends up cutting the cost of the CSA share in half! For more info on using SNAP/DUFB for a CSA share, please call 719-937-2319 or email email@example.com.
Purchase dry goods in Alamosa at the Narrow Gauge Book Cooperative
The Valley Roots Food Hub is excited to offer a variety of dry goods, including Simply Honey, Taos Mountain Energy Bars, Pistachios, and more at the Narrow Gauge Book Cooperative (602 Main St, Alamosa, CO). Grab a snack and a good book and cozy up on one of their couches! You can also purchase the LFLP MoKi Cookbook here!
Liza Marron and Abe Rosenberg traveled to Gunnison to initiate a new partnership between Valley Roots Food Hub and Mountain Roots Food Hub.
"Mountain Roots leases ground on an amazing non-profit historical farm and grows vegetables there with several AmeriCorps members. They do their magic on a campus owned by Joe Bob Merritt, creator of Gunnison's South Main: Joe Bob is a cultural cultivator making meanings in matter and the campus reflects that. There are artists in residence, a somatic studio for yoga and meditation, kitchens and meal gathering spaces, a four railroad car box hydroponic growing farm, AmeriCorps housing with poultry and so much more…We will start our planning work conducting a tour of the VRFH/RGFP and conducting focus groups with farmers, families, grocers, institutions and restaurants in the Gunnison and San Luis Valleys." -Liza
It is our hope that by combining our efforts and collaborating with other local food hubs and hot spots that we can increase capacity and accessibility for businesses, institutions, farmers and families throughout the region. Currently, we are partnering with the Mountain Roots Food Project in Gunnison to fulfill a Local Food Promotion Program USDA grant that serves this purpose.
Valley Roots Food Hub - CSA Video Share 2015
Enjoy watching this beautiful video of food prepared from previous CSA of Fresh Food Box contents and their prepared meals!
To kick off the agricultural season, the Valley Roots Food Hub team hosted an authentic farm-to-table dinner at the Colorado Farm Brewery. The event boasted a delicious farm-to-beer selection from the Colorado Malting Company, the best San Luis Valley and Colorado local foods, and traditional, foot stomping bluegrass from Kantankerous! The event also included kids activities, a petting zoo, and friends abound. See Event Celebration Poster »»