info@mountainrootsfoodproject.org        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.



HOW OUR MULTI-FARM CSA WORKS

 

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SUMMER CAMP

our 2016 programs are up!

Registration opens April 8


Dig, Plant, Grow

½ Day Camp


Experiences Afternoons


Summer Field Studies

Full Day Camp


Farm to Table

Week-Long Specialty Camp


Teen Farm Overnights

           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 Fridays from 4-6 pm in Gunnison or Crested Butte. If you’re on vacation, you can give your share to a friend or a family in need for that week.

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WHY CSA ?

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.


WHAT’S IN THE BOX ?

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.



MEET YOUR FARMER      read farmer profiles >

Gunnison Valley Farms:

Mountain Roots

Gunnison Gardens, Susan Wyman

Calder Farm / Headwaters Farm, MJ and Blaine Pickett

Mountain Oven Organic Bakery

Iola Valley Farms (new!)

Parker Pastures


North Fork Valley Farms:

Delicious Orchards

Austin Family Farms

... 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 2017 SEASON

PICK UPS:  Fridays  from 4-6 pm

Gunnison:  Mountain Roots Headquarters, 202 E Georgia Ave. Garage entrance on Iowa St.

Crested Butte: 4-Way Stop


LETTER TO SUBSCRIBERS        view or download the CSA Member Guidelines 2017

We will be sending out a letter to everyone who has subscribed with detailed information during the week of June 6-10. Please email us if you have questions in the meantime!

FULL SHARE  $599

- sized for four

-works out to $35 / week

BREAD ADD-ON  $99 

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

HALF SHARE  $299 

- sized for two

-works out to $17 / week

LOCAL EGG ADD-ON   $99

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      $599

to a family in need     $299

or contribute any amount

to a donated share

2017 SUBSCRIPTIONS

SOLD OUT

LOCAL BEEF ADD-ON  $128

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