PO Box 323 Gunnison, CO 81230

CSA  [Community Supported Agriculture]

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a system that allows farmers and community members to come together to enjoy the success of local agriculture. By subscribing to a CSA community members are signing up to receive a box of fresh, local produce each week directly from farms that they know and trust. Commitment to a CSA also means that members share in the rewards of plentiful harvests and accept the risks that come with any farming operation. This model creates a grassroots network that allows community members to invest in farms by providing them with capital when they most need it - at the start of the growing season.



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           Full and half shares are available for seasonal subscriptions. Fees are collected upfront, providing our farmers with funds at the beginning of the season to  grow over 30 different kinds of vegetables, which the farms then return back to you abundantly each week during the summer and fall. Payment plans are available, but all fees must be paid by June 15.

               Mountain Roots combines produce from multiple small-scale farmers located within the Gunnison Valley, providing you with a diverse mix of seasonal vegetables from mid-June through mid-October, and providing these up-and-coming growers with a new market, which will in turn drive increases in local food production.

        Produce boxes are delivered each week in both Gunnison and Crested Butte.  Pick up your box on Thursdays from 4-6 pm in Gunnison or Crested Butte starting June 28, 2018. If you’re on vacation, you can give your share to a friend or a family in need for that week.



Being a part of the Mountain Roots CSA will provide subscribers with more than a weekly box of seasonal, local, sustainable produce during the growing season. Our CSA provides a link between local food lovers and local farmers. Farmers can share their favorite recipes, provide a guarantee of sustainable growing practices, and even offer workshops on gardening and cooking. Subscribers can visit the farms where their produce comes from, suggest new varieties of crops that they would like to receive in the future and get to know the people who grow the food that they eat every day.

There is an important concept woven into the CSA model that takes the arrangement beyond the usual commercial transaction. That is the notion of shared risk: in most CSAs, members pay up front for the whole season and the farmers do their best to provide an abundant box of produce each week. If things are slim, members are not typically reimbursed. The result is a feeling of "we're in this together".

Subscribing to our CSA uniquely supports Gunnison Valley agriculture because farmers can focus more on growing delicious food and spend less time having to market their produce to you. Mountain Roots CSA is a collaboration between Mountain Roots, Gunnison Gardens, Headwaters, Calder Farms, and Dig In It - all of which are local to Gunnison. We also work with our friends in the North Fork Valley, including Delicious Orchards, Austin Family Farms, and others. Free-range local egg shares and organic bread shares are available to add on. A multi-farm CSA can offer a larger variety of produce than one farm might normally produce. It also faces a reduced risk of having bad weather or pests affect our weekly produce delivery.


Each weekly box of produce looks a little bit different. An early season box may contain several types of greens like lettuce, kale and chard as well as herbs, oyster mushrooms, peas, radishes, baby carrots, rhubarb, cherry tomatoes, micro greens and sprouts, and new potatoes. A mid-season box might include spinach, mesclun greens, arugula, zucchini, yellow squash, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, kale, swiss chard, lettuces, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, carrots, herbs, cucumber, peas, or green beans. Late season boxes are likely to  include many of the mid-season vegetables as well as leeks, potatoes, beets, turnips, parsnips, squash, pumpkins, garlic, and onions. 

PLUS, we have awesome add-on options from our partner farms:  Local Pastured eggs, Organic Bread, Local Beef, and new for 2018, a fruit share.



DATES:  June 28, 2018 - October 11, 2018

PICK UPS:  Thursdays from 4-6 pm

Gunnison:  Location TBD

Crested Butte: CBCS School Garden

LETTER TO SUBSCRIBERS        Mountain Roots CSA Member Letter and Guidelines

We will be sending out a letter to everyone who has subscribed with detailed information during the week of June 4th-8th. Please email us if you have questions in the meantime!


- sized for four

-works out to $40 / week


each bread share you purchase equals one organic artisan loaf each week


- sized for two

-works out to $20 / week


each egg share you purchase equals one dozen local eggs each week

Payment Plans Available

spread cost across three payments in April, May, June

DONATE A SHARE      $650 / $325

to a family in need    

or contribute any amount

to a donated share





each share you purchase equals one pound of local grass-fed beef from happy cows at Parker Pastures




each week your share will feature fruits that are at the peak of the season

NEW FOR 2018      

“WHOLE DIET” COMBINATION SHARE                                                 $ 726

this is $75 off  retail price!

  Feed yourself and your family as locally as possible. You’ll get produce, meat, bread, eggs, and fruit all in one swoop.

MEET YOUR FARMERS      read farmer profiles >

Gunnison Valley Farms:

Mountain Roots

Gunnison Gardens, Susan Wyman

Calder Farm,  MJ and Blaine Pickett

Mountain Oven Organic Bakery

Iola Valley Farms (new!)

Parker Pastures

North Fork Valley Farms:

Delicious Orchards, Thistle Whistle

Austin Family Farms, and more

... look for a few additions and featured farms throughout the season

We are interested in adding more producers to this collaboration. Know someone who might be interested ? Let us know!

If you are interested in donating to this effort, or being a part of planning, please contact us.

Our CSA is right for you if ...

  1. You like to cook at home with whole ingredients, often focusing on seasonal vegetables and recipes

  2. It is important for you to support local, sustainable agriculture and small family farming

  3. Pastured raised meats and eggs are important to you and you see the health and environmental benefits of them.

  4. You have shifted or are in the process of shifting your diet towards whole ingredients and want to reduce the amount of as prepared foods, snacks, or processed foods from the grocery store.

  5. You want a connection to your family's food supply and the people that produce it. You are excited to eat in a way that follows the natural course of the seasons. 

  6. Organic is important to you. You want to be sure that your food is safe, clean, and healthy. You want to know that your food is grown in a way that protects soil, water, and air quality.

  7. You want to support small-scale, local farms, who are working to establish themselves as organic producers in and around the Gunnison Valley.

  8. You can pick up your box in either  Gunnison or Crested Butte during the pick up hours




We've come up with a few concepts that will help you have an excellent experience as a CSA member this season:

Familiarize yourself with what grows when, and brush up on seasonal eating.

Many of us have gotten so used to grocery store shopping that we don't know what month local tomatoes ripen or how to best store vegetables once we get them back to our kitchens. If you're new to seasonal eating, it's a good idea to get familiar with what kinds of foods to expect when, so you can pace your anticipation. Also, we’ll provide recipes and culinary tips from time to time for new ideas on how to prepare vegetables that may be unfamiliar. 

We do our best to keep you in the loop prior to each delivery about what to expect in your next share. However, occasionally we need to make last minute substitutions because of quantities available due to weather conditions, pest pressures, or other variables that are out of our control. We ask for your flexibility and trust that we are working our hardest to get you the best quality vegetables each week. 

Make peace with visits to the produce aisle and farmer’s markets.

We don’t expect to be your only source of produce.  And, we know there are other CSAs out there who provide more variety or longer seasons.  This CSA is different because you are supporting the start up and scaling up of local agriculture right here in the Gunnison Valley.  Most CSA members supplement their CSA box with a few items from the produce aisle, as many families want to eat more fruit than is provided in their box, or find they need something special to make a particular recipe work. Most people find themselves eating a wider variety of vegetables with a CSA, but if you find yourself missing some of what you're used to getting at the supermarket or farmer’s markets, by all means supplement.

Get to know your farmers.

We really appreciate CSA members who look beyond the food and become interested in the farm itself. We love when our members ask us about the people who work on the farms, the culture of the farms, how the work is done, and what it's like for those who do it. Most of our farms welcome visitors any day of the week. Just send us an email to make an appointment.

Review the Member Guidelines.  Each CSA operates a little differently. Part of being happy with your CSA is understanding the way things work.

Provide Feedback!  You are an important partner in our work and we want to hear from you!  Please call or email is at any time with your comments, thoughts, ideas, feedback, and suggestions.

Spread the Word

You are part of the local food movement, helping to support that start-up and scaling up of new local farms, keeping dollars circulating in the local economy, voting with your dollars for a just and sustainable food system, regenerating our environment, and living a healthy lifestyle. Tell people about us, about local farms, about the joy of seasonal food, baby goats, anything!  It’s all good.