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About Our Harvest Share

 

Farm Fresh CSA

Southwest Farm Fresh is a cooperative venture between many small farms in Southwest Colorado. Like generations of farmers before us, we believe in working together as collaborators instead of as competitors. By working together, we can provide our customers with an incredible array of amazing food from our region.

Traditionally called a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), this is a program where you subscribe by paying upfront for a share of the farms produce at the beginning of the season. This creates a mutually beneficial relationship between the farmer and the consumer. In this case, the harvest shares provide working capitol for the cooperative to purchase needed materials and pay our staff at the beginning of the growing season. In return, our farmer-owners dedicate themselves to growing your produce and providing you with fresh, flavorful, and bountiful vegetables. This also helps mitigate risk for our harvest shareholders. Since our farmers are collectively spread out across the region, a hail storm that damages a crop in Mancos will most likely not effect the crop in our Bayfield farms, and vise versa. Purchasing a Harvest Share from the collective ensure quality produce and variety for our shareholders, and it will help the farmers to know they have a market for their produce at the beginning of the season.

At Farm Fresh we believe in bridging the gap between food producers and food consumers so we make every effort to build community and connection between our farmer producers and our shareholders. We send out weekly newsletters highlighting that weeks share of goodies, sharing farm photos, stories, recipes and more. Shareholders can meet the farmers at the weekly Harvest Share pickups or even participate in an on farm harvest with the farmers. Shareholders can ask questions, gain understanding of the production practices used to grow their food, and get to know more about the challenges and successes on the farm. Our shareholders also begin to gain a better understanding of what eating seasonal in this region feels like. They will see slight changes in the produce available during different weeks in the season. Our farmers make every effort to grow the types of produce that our shareholders are looking for and want to make sure there is enough variety to keep things exciting each week in the kitchen.

Please check out our Farm Directory page and get to know your farmers!

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE HARVEST SHARE

  • To get the best quality, safest and most delicious seasonal foods every week!

  • To support a collective of passionate small farmers that steward the land to increase soil, watershed and ecosystem health for all.

  • To make cooking exciting again! There is no better way to excite your taste buds then to give them fresh and colorful fruits and veggies, and buttery pasture-raised meats.

  • To get your kids excited about greens and veggies! It’s hard to get kids to enjoy eating veggies from the grocery store, but when you give them a farm fresh, super-sweet Colorado grown carrot, there’re sure to become a fan.

  • To have a direct relationship with the people growing your food. Harvest Share members will be invited to visit the farms, touch the soil, see the bees and butterflies and smell the flowers where your food is grown.

  • To be a part of a food community. Share recipes, share stories, share photos, and passion!

 
 

The Weekly Share Experience:

Once you’ve decided to be a harvest shareholder its easy. You’ll pick up your share at one of our three pickup locations every week. If you know you won’t be in town for a pick up for a week you can schedule to pick up your share later that week or arrange to have a friend or family member pick it up. You’ll receive a weekly newsletter outlining what will be in the share for the week making meal prep a breeze. It will also provide you with some new recipes and techniques to try.

The Details:

  • What: 16 weeks of incredibly fresh and delicious produce and fruit grown by our member-owner farmers in the region, plus options for pastured meats, cheeses and ferments!

  • Where:

    • Cortez at our warehouse location, 30 N Beech St Unit B

    • Durango: Power House Science Center, 1333 Camino Del Rio

    • Telluride, location to be announced.

  • When: Late June to October.

    • Durango- Wednesdays 4:00-6:00pm

    • Cortez: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm

    • Telluride- Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm

  • Options:

    • Regular Shares: Good for about two to three people, depending on your eating habits. $585

    • Double Share: Best for families of 4 or more people. This will be twice the size of the regular share at a discounted price of $1,075

    • Value Share:

      Other Share Options:

      Southwest Farm Fresh is offering a few new share options this year.

      James Ranch Cheese Share:

      • Each week you will receive a different artisan cheese from James Ranch. The variety you receive will depend on availability. They have a lovely selection of Belford (Young, Mature, and Reserve), Leydon, and Colorado Blue.

      • $150 + applicable sales tax depending on your location

      The Living Tree Ferment Share:

      • Ferment Share from The Living Tree in Durango will include: 32 oz Kombucha, PLUS 16 oz fermented Sauerkraut or Kimchi each week. The Komucha will be a different flavor each week.

      • $270 + applicable sales tax depending on your location

      Value Harvest Share:

      • New this year! Our Value Harvest share will be a variety of 5 to 7 produce options each week that still have the same integrity and nutrition as our normal Harvest Share option but may be have some blemishes, be to big or to small, and not grade as # 1 produce. This share will be perfect for a family of 2 or 3 looking to get an excellent value of locally grown produce and don’t mind a few more bumps, bruises, and differences in size and shape. This share will have less items but more bulk at a much lower cost! This is also a great market opportunity for our local farmers to reduce waste on their farm and keep local food on peoples dinner plates.

        The Value harvest share will rotate through a variety of seasonal crops from the end of June to the beginning of October. We hope to include in your box, the following items: a variety of tomatoes, cabbage, squash, eggplants, peppers, potatoes, carrots, onions, beets, apples and other fruit, and more!

      • $455 + applicable sales tax depending on your location

      Locally Raised Meat Share:

      • New this year! Coming soon!

 

More Questions?

Please contact our CSA Coordinator Kendra Schafer at swff.csa@gmail.com or call her at 970-739-4898