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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.







A note from your GM & Chief Fungi

Greetings food system stakeholder,
It is not everyday that we as a society are given pause due to some thing that is beyond our control. A pandemic is now upon us and our society has been affected throughout with school closings, event cancellations, and social distancing being encouraged. The state of the economy is profound into those vital social structures no matter the state of the world.

In times of need we want these structures and systems to be healthy and fully functional.

We want to share with you some of our Standard Operating Procedures so you can be confident in your local food sourcing:

  1. We follow a USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Food Safety Plan which is very strict in constant and ubiquitous sanitation and bringing mindfulness to sources of contamination and executing preventative measures.
  2. We routinely wash hands several times throughout the day.
  3. We regularly sanitize work surfaces.
  4. During this time we will also be temperature testing staff, and sending home any symptomatic staff, to ensure there are no emerging symptoms in the work place.

If you have any questions, insights, or concerns please feel free to respond to this newsletter.

On behalf of the Board and Staff of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and the Valley Roots Food Hub, we hope you and your family are safe, healthy, and finding your needs met.

In local food we trust,
Nick and staff


Shop Online at Valley Roots Food Hub!

Shoping at the Food Hub year-round is now available!

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!

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 Program Shopping Details »»

CSACSA For individuals and families for their homes: CSA Market »»

For San Luis Valley and Chaffee County: WHOLESALE Market »»

For Front Range via Tap Root Cooperative: WHOLESALE Market »»

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 Video - How to Order from the Valley Roots Food Hub »»
(very informative!)

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Valley Roots Food Hub is Now Accepting SNAP!

Local foods are for everyone! Thank you to VRFH for taking a step toward food equity.

VRFH is now accepting SNAP for Online Market Food Ordering and SNAP is also available to use at local venues such as Farmer Markets, Local Grocers, Co-Ops or others participating in the program. View SNAP Info »» Please read Exception Note. -

Exception Note: 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 (example: AS 2/25/21 SNAP) in lieu of a credit card payment.
Reach out to our CSA Market Manager, Ally for more info.

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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 SNAP Apply Info: English »» Spanish »»
How to Apply for SNAP. -

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, 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 - CO Food Finder »» for any SNAP or food resource updates. Local food resources can be found at SLV COVID Food and Resource Directory »»

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Accepting SNAP in Combination with Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB)

We accept 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 Co-Ops, and various marketplaces.
SNAP EBT Benefits Info »»  Double Up Colorado Info »»  Benefits Quick View »»
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!

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Good News! Stretch Your P-EBT Dollars!

For Colorado families with school-age children, a new food benefit called Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, is here to help! Informative info about P-EBT Benefits »»
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. SNAP P-EBT Benefits Info »»

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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 located at 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! Visit NGBC Website »»

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Valley Roots Meets Mountain Roots

Liza Marron and Abe Rosenberg traveled to Gunnison to initiate a new partnership between Valley Roots Food Hub and Mountain Roots Food Hub.

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.

"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

Learn more about the MR Food Project Initiative. Visit Mt Roots Website »»

Mountain Roots     Mountain Roots


Valley Roots "Regenerative Soil Farmer" (RSF) Program

With support from the San Luis Valley Conservation and Connection Initiative, the LOR Foundation (Livability Opportunity & Resiliency), and the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, and in partnership with the Mosca-Hooper Conservation District, Valley Roots Food Hub is pleased to promote and work with farmers growing food in living soils. You will see the RSF acronym throughout our online market associated with those producers.
Dept. of Ag Soil Health Key Points »»

Valley Roots Food Hub - CSA Video Share 2015

Enjoy watching this beautiful video of food prepared from previous CSA of Fresh Food Box contents for prepared meals!

The Valley Roots Food Hub is based out of the San Luis Valley and Chaffee County. VRFH is the aggregating, marketing, and customer service link between local producers and local buyers via Community Supported Agriculture (CSA's) and Wholesale Distribution.

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2018 VRFH Summer Shindig celebrated SLV Producers!

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 »»

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