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Farmers let you shop for food from the source

April 01, 2010
Harlan Wolfe Ranch Pick and Pay
Harlan Wolfe Ranch Pick and Pay
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Let's face it: Whether it's a bum buggy wheel, long checkout lines or finding a parking spot, there's always something about your weekly grocery store run that just plain sucks. But since eating is an unavoidable act, it's inevitable that you will continue to brave the supermarkets.

One thing you can do, however, is at least cut down on your number of summer visits. Both CSAs and farmers markets will land you fresher-than-grocer produce (field to market in under 24 hours), with options to buy into egg, bread and meat shares as well. With the CSA, even having to make choices is often nixed, with pre-packaged bags ready to grab from convenient pick-up points. The farmers markets, of course, offer the extra enjoyment of nabbing some sunlight, listening to local music, viewing art, eating directly from other food vendors and the best of all: meeting the folks who grow your eats (face-to-food). Really, can you think of a more enjoyable way to shop for groceries?

CSAS

Community-supported agriculture shares (CSAs) are a big part of the counterrevolution to the industrial-food system. They equate to pre-buying into a farm's seasonal crop. Though most aren't certified organic, the farms below largely practice sustainable and biodynamic agriculture practices. Weekly food shares are picked up at the respective farm or farmers market, private business or residence. Most CSAs offer up to 50 different vegetables and herbs, with options to upgrade into meats and more. Below are cursory descriptions of local programs, including cost and availability when known.

Country Roots Farm

29342 Everett Road, Pueblo, 719/948-2206 | countryrootsfarm.org

Country Roots, run by Ryan and Betsy Morris, beat everyone on the Front Range to the CSA scene: They're now in their 17th year specializing in heirloom vegetable varieties. This year, they're offering a market-share format (75 shares), allowing members to pick what they want weekly from the market table at the Wednesday CFAM farmers market or at the farm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Initial buy-in is $350 to $415, with option to add credit. Fall shares are available for $160.

Grant Family Farms

1020 WCR 72, Wellington, 970/568-7654 | grantfarms.com

Started by Colorado State University professor Lewis Grant, Grant Family Farms was the first farm to be certified organic by the state of Colorado in the mid-1970s. It represents the large-scale CSA model, having distributed more than 1,000 shares last season from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Colorado Springs. The farm offers summer veggie, fruit, egg, meat, bread and flower shares, as well as winter shares. It's a great option once our smaller Arkansas Valley growers' CSAs have filled up.

Greenhorn Acres

5856 County Road HH.5, Fowler, 719/263-4494 | greenhornacres.com

Located 30 minutes east of Pueblo, Greenhorn Acres, now in its third year, is run by Marcy Nameth and her four children. Full, 20-plus-week shares will run $485 this year, and half shares will run $375. (Eighty total shares are available.) Pick up Wednesdays through Saturdays at Ranch Foods Direct or at the farm on Saturdays.

Heritage Belle Farms

Calhan, 970/310-0852 | heritagebellefarms.com

Launched by Colorado College graduate and Springs native Katie Rosing, Heritage Belle has transitioned from last year's veggie CSA to a unique-to-the-area turkey CSA, called the Gobbler Program. Rosing will oversee a flock of all-natural, pasture-raised birds to provide locally grown turkeys to Front Range Thanksgiving spreads. Due May 1, deposits run $10 for Mammoth Broad Breasted Bronze breed (10 to 30 pounds, oven-ready) or $15 for Heritage Breed (seven to 15 pounds). At pickup, birds will cost $4 per pound.

Hobbs Family Farm organic garlic offering

Avondale, 719/250-9835 | coloradogarlic.com

Dan Hobbs and his family offer a total of four pounds of three different garlic varieties for $50. That includes shipping or delivery to the CFAM farmers market around early September. Only 100 shares are available this year.

Javernick Family Farms

545 S. Lincoln Ave., Cañon City, 719/371-3241 | javernickfamilyfarms.com

Javernick, a sustainable, third-generation farm slated to be certified organic this year, is operated by Beki Javernick and it distributes to Cañon City (Tuesdays), Westcliffe (Thursdays), Salida (Saturdays) and three locations in Colorado Springs: two residences on Wednesdays and the Margarita at PineCreek on Saturdays. This year, there are 90 shares available at a cost of $390 for a full share and $250 for a pint share.

Venetucci Farm

5210 S. U.S. Hwy. 85, 389-1251 ext. 101 | ppcf.org/venetucci

Though best known for the generosity of the late Nick Venetucci, the farm that bears his name is now owned by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Managed by Susan Gordon and her husband, Patrick Hamilton, Venetucci Farm is in its third year of offering CSA shares of chemical-free, mindfully grown vegetables. This year, the farm will supply 55 standard ($520) and 20 "choice" shares ($700 includes 10 percent discount at market and fall share), essentially credit to be spent as you choose at three market locations over 19 weeks. Extended fall shares ($100) of storage crops and seasonal egg shares are also available. Pick-up at CFAM or Saturdays at the farm.

Farmers markets

The following are farmers markets confirmed to run this summer. Last year saw the late addition of several markets closer to harvest season, so check our weekly Side Dish section and our blog at csindy.com for updates.

Colorado Farm & Art Market (CFAM)

At America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive: June 16 through Oct. 13, Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m.

At the Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road: June 19 through Oct. 16, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

farmandartmarket.com, 640-6154

Doherty High School

June 26 through Oct. 2, Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. | 4515 Barnes Road, 574-1283

Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center

June 12 through mid Sept., Saturdays, 9-11:30 a.m.

Parking lot east of Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School, 1118 W. Cheyenne Road

cmheritagecenter.org, 632-7000

Liberty Heights

June 23 through Oct. 6, Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

12105 Ambassador Drive

monumentfarmersmarket.com, 213-3323

Manitou Springs

June 25 through Sept. 24, Fridays, 2-8 p.m.

Soda Springs Park, 1000 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 635-0944

Memorial Park

June 17 through Oct. 7, Mondays & Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Union Boulevard 574-1283

Monument

June 26 through Oct. 9, Saturdays,8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monument Plaza, 481 State Hwy. 105 | monumentfarmersmarket.com, 213-3323

Old Colorado City

June 12 through Oct. 30, Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

24th Street and West Colorado Avenue 574-1283

Palmer Lake

July 4 through Oct. 3, Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the gazebo on the lake

monumentfarmersmarket.com, 213-3323

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens (PPUG) at Harlan Wolfe Ranch

"Pick and Pay" for fresh, organic vegetables, herbs and flowers

June through September, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon

West Cheyenne Road and Ninth Street

ppugardens.org, 651-3416

Woodland Park

June 11 through Sept. 24, Fridays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The corner of Center and Henrietta streets

woodlandparkfarmersmarket.com, 687-9053 or 689-3133

Hobbs Family Farm
Hobbs Family Farm
- Courtesy Dan Hobbs

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