ABOUT OUR SUMMER CSA
- What: 18 Weeks of incredibly fresh and delicious produce grown on our farm
- Who: Mike and Mindy are the owners and full time farmers at Mountain Roots Produce in Mancos, CO
- Where: There are two CSA pickup options this season, (1) on the farm in Mancos and (2) in Spruce Park in the Town of Telluride
- When: Wednesday afternoons for Telluride CSA Members and Thursday afternoons for Mancos CSA Members, June 6th, 2018 through October 3rd, 2018
- Why: Eat seasonally, support local agriculture, and know who is growing your food!
- How much? $600 for Local Members and $630 for Telluride CSA Members + applicable sales tax
Welcome to the 2018 growing season and the Mountain Roots Produce CSA Program. We are gearing up for another farming season and are more excited than ever to grow delicious, nourishing and beautiful produce to feed our family, friends and this wonderful CSA Community! We spent much of 2017 building farm infrastructure such as moveable greenhouses, a propagation house, a game fence and a new wash/pack/storage facility to help us extend our growing season as well as streamline many processes at the farm. We make improvements like these, one step at a time, so we can work smarter (not harder) and in turn grow better for our CSA Community year after year! Join us, and become a part of this meaningful partnership focused on improving soil health, helping people discover (or rediscover) the satisfaction of eating seasonally, paying the farmers a living wage and, ultimately, stewarding this beautiful land so it's better place for future generations to come.
What is CSA? CSA Stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it is a beautiful partnership and shared commitment between the farm, Mountain Roots Produce, and you, the consumer. CSA Members purchase their share early in the year (Registration for 2018 opens February 1st) to help the farm with the costs of seeds, implements, supplies, labor, etc. that arise early in the season. And in return, the CSA Members enjoy a weekly share of the farm’s harvest throughout the season and develop a connection with the farmers, and the land where their food is being grown.
The CSA Members share in both the risks and benefits of the farm and what the season brings... and they begin to really understand what eating seasonally in Southwest Colorado looks and feels like. CSA Members will be connected with their farmers on a weekly basis, via newsletters with farm updates/photos/recipe ideas and seeing the farmer at CSA pickups, where Members are able to ask questions, exchange recipe successes, discuss food policy, etc. We'll keep you up to date on the trials and successes of the farm, what Mother Nature is up to, the projects we're working on to grow better and smarter, and what crops or varieties we're experimenting with.
We grow a large variety of produce and plan the growing season with our CSA Members in mind. We want our palate to be diverse and exciting week to week and feel the CSA Shares should be as well. The CSA Shares will be filled with 8-14 different items each week and the contents will change throughout the season, normally lighter with many greens and tender roots in the Spring and becoming heavier later in the season as hot crops such as cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, broccoli and so much more are ready to harvest.
Why should I join the CSA?
- To support a couple of passionate farmers and local agriculture.
- To satisfy your tastebuds with our fresh and delicious produce.
- To get your kids excited about veggies! CSA Members tell us 'the carrots don't even make it home' or that 'my children now love turnips!'.
- To understand what it means to eat seasonally in Southwest Colorado.
- To know who is producing the food you're consuming! Know your farmer, know your food.
- To be able to visit the farm, touch the soil and smell the flowers where your food is grown.
- To be able to share recipe ideas, successes and failures with fellow CSA Members and your farmers.
Who: Mindy and Mike are the owners and the farmers at Mountain Roots Produce, you can read more about their stories here. Mindy worries a little too much, and Mike tries to remind her everything will be just fine.
Where - CSA Pickup Locations: The farm is located in Mancos, Colorado and CSA Pickup will take place as follows:
- Local Members: Pickup at the farm in Mancos on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-7p.m.
- Telluride Area Members: Pickup is in Spruce Park (next to The Butcher and The Baker) on Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Rico Members: Pickups will be on Wednesday mornings at a central spot in the Town of Rico, we're figuring out the details!
CSA shares will be packed in harvest crates again this season. During the CSA Pickup hours, CSA Members will come with their bags, pick a harvest crate and place the produce from the crate into their bags so we can bring the harvest crates back to the farm, and prepare for the following week.
When: CSA Registration begins February 1st, 2018. We are planning and planting for the first Summer CSA Harvest and pickup to be on Wednesday, June 4, 2018 and the final CSA Harvest for Wednesday October 3rd, 2018. **Please note the start date may change by a week in either direction if Mother Nature throws us some surprises, we will be in touch with CSA Members and communicate any changes.
Price: We do our best to keep the cost of our CSA share reasonable at ~$33 per week for our Local Members picking up at the farm, and $35 per week for our Telluride Area Members.
- Mancos Summer CSA Share (pickup at our farm in Mancos) is $600 (~$33/week)
- Telluride Summer CSA Share is $630 ($35/week) + 4.5% Town of Telluride sales tax ($28.35)
- Rico Summer CSA Share is $630 ($35/week) + 5% Town of Rico sales tax ($31.50)
*We understand finances can be tight, please contact Mindy if you need to set up a payment plan.
**Payment can be made online or via check. See details on the sign-up form.**