Colorado summers mean top-notch produce from local farmers. There is no fresher way to get your daily fruits and vegetables than with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms. Colorado boasts farms and companies where one can pick up produce on the farm, or have it delivered to your door. For a complete list of CSA, click here. Here are a few favorites to consider.
Pastures Of Plenty
4039 Ogallala Road
Longmont, CO 80503
Lyle Davis, owner of Pastures of Plenty, is a local supporter of healthy and organic eating farms in one of the most idyllic settings in Boulder County, and it shows in the quality of his produce. Pastures of Plenty CSA members can pick up shares on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Denver, but it would be a missed opportunity not to go the farm at least once. As part of your membership, shares include four on-farm cooking classes, a volunteer work day and an end of season party. Davis also includes a surprise ingredient of the week from a guest farm.
5609 Richards Lake Road
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Cresset Farm is everything you’ve ever imagined in the CSA. It is involved in the local community. It is biodynamic, which is a step above certified organic in regards to land stewardship. And, it even has winter crops available for CSA home delivery, as well as spring (May-June) and summer (July-Nov). Shares include full for $500 and half share $300, plus delivery fees that vary from $25 to $35 by location. If you happen to be in the area, Cresset Farm has a Red Barn farm store, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., or order online from the website. Items include bacon, ham, pork roasts and freshly baked breads.
Two In Tents Farm and Ranch
Two In Tents cooperative is a little bit of everything from local Colorado farms and ranches. The list of goods is almost as good as grandma’s farm with duck eggs, raw milk from cows and goats, produce, local meats and cultured kefir. The list of member farms and ranchers is a veritable who’s who of Colorado agriculture. The produce comes in two “surprise me” sizes for $35 and $50. Two In Tents delivers to the Denver metro area. Check the website for details.
Door To Door Organics
1215 Rock Creek Circle
Lafayette, CO 80026
Door to Door Organics is a Colorado food lover’s best friend. With home delivery, it is the fast and easy way to buy seasonal Colorado organic produce. Year round, the company offers local and regional produce (depending on the season). Unlike some CSAs where you get what the farmer decides to give you, Door to Door allows customers to customize the contents and the size of their weekly box of fruits and vegetables. Find everything you need from the online grocer including kid friendly foods, breads, special diet foods and local items. It also has online recipes, as well as organic non-perishable staples to fill out your weekly pantry.
Mile High Organics
When founder Micheal Joseph started Mile High Organics, he vowed not to cut any corners. He’s done so by offering only organic and non-genetically modified foods. Mile High Organics stocks produce, bakery items, meats and seafood, dairy and even fresh flowers. Customized customer service allows members to pick your delivery day, choose your items and find recipes on the website.
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Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.