CSAs: Farms with Benefits
The idea of Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is nothing new, but with the continuing uncertainty brought on by a global pandemic, a more local approach to getting food has more appeal than ever.
While farmers markets have changed the way they operate this year, theres still plenty of fresh organic fare available through a mutually beneficial relationship with a local farmer. Choosing the CSA that fits your lifestyle is only a matter of deciding which benefits are most attractive to you.
Choice vs. Surprise
If you like keeping your options open, look for CSAs that allow you to pick and choose, taking what you know will get used, avoiding waste. Some CSA subscriptions are pre-packaged, including a diverse and changing mix of crops each week. If youre an adventurous cook who looks forward to trying new things, each weeks share has the potential to surprise.
Delivery vs. Pick Up
Many CSAs offer delivery and more have added the service in response to COVID-19. If farm-to-door strikes your fancy, but youre also the pick-and-choose type, ask if the CSA offers online ordering. Miss the in-person experience? Look for a CSA with a farm stand (typically located on or near the property). You can ask questions and purchase spur-of-the-moment add-ons. All from a safe social distance, of course!
Whatever option fits you best, be sure to sign up soon. Many CSAs start taking membership signups in the fall for the following yearand they run out of shares quickly!
Boulder County CSA Guide (scroll right for more information)
|CSA||PHONE||ADDRESS||WEBSITE||2021 REGISTRATION OPENS||WHAT'S AVAILABLE||Farm Stand|
|Aspen Moon Farm||(303) 684-6848||8020 Hygiene Road|
Longmont, CO 80503
|firstname.lastname@example.org||December 2020 or January 2021 (check website for updates)||Fresh produce, flowers, honey||7927 Hygiene Road Open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5:30pm|
|Light Root Community Farm||(720) 475-1330||7715 Arapahoe Road Boulder, CO, email@example.com||Year round; Please contact the farm to find out about availability of shares.||Raw milk dairy shares and pastured egg shares year round.||None|
|Red Wagon Farm||(303) 949-0285||7694 North 63rd Street Longmont, CO firstname.lastname@example.org||January 1, 2021||Click here for crop list||None|
|Stonebridge Farm||(303) 823-0975||5169 Ute Highway|
Longmont, CO, 80503
|email@example.com||February 1, 2021||Produce & wine - 100% grown and vinted at Stonebridgefarm||None|
|63rd Street Farm||(720) 938-3059||3796 63rd St. |
Boulder, CO 80301
|firstname.lastname@example.org||November 1, 2020||Produce; herbal medicinals; pasture raised, non-GMO fed chickens and turkeys, as well as farm-fresh eggs||None|
|Growing Gardens - Cultiva||(303) 443-9952||1630 Hawthorn Ave.|
Boulder, CO 80304
|growinggardens.org/csa||Shannon@growinggardens.org||Email for info||Produce, fruit, mushrooms, eggs|
|Cure Organic Farm||N/A; Contact by email||7416 Valmont Road|
Boulder, CO 80301
|email@example.com||January 1, 2021|
|Isabelle Farm||(720) 438-0707||1640 West Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO firstname.lastname@example.org||Email for info||Just-picked, in-season produce, grown organically|
|Kilt Farm||(970) 846-6233||8140 Oxford Rd, Longmont, CO 80503||kiltfarm.com||Michael@KiltFarm.com||Call or email||50 different types of vegetables in more than 100 varieties|
|McCauley Family Farm||(303) 485-7688||9421 N. 63rd Street | Longmont, CO email@example.com||Call or email||Free-foraging and grass-fed chicken, pork, and lamb|
|Mountain Flower Dairy||(720) 492-8918||1630 Hawthorn Avenue Boulder, CO firstname.lastname@example.org||Year round||Organic, raw goat milk|
|Father Earth Organic Farm||(303) 494-4500||8881 Elgin Drive|
Lafayette, CO 80026
|email@example.com||March 1, 2021||Click here for crop list|