Community Ag Alliance: How to become a “Yampavore”
The buzzword around the valley recently has been Yampavore.
Maybe you have seen ads in the newspaper or on our Community Agriculture Alliance Facebook page. Here are some things you need to know about being a Yampavore.
The word, which is derived from localvore, means to consume food grown in the Yampa Valley. Our mission at the CAA is to create as many Yampavores as possible by hosting such opportunities such as the CAA Market.
The market was started in 2009 by the Yampa Valley Co-Op, and since then, the amount of local food being sold has skyrocketed. We have had a tremendous amount of success this past season creating Yampavores and spreading the word about food available in the valley. We urge you to be a Yampavore, as well, for the following reasons:
• With the Farmer’s Market closed for the season, you can still find fresh, local offerings right here.
• There’s incredible variety in the available foods and products right here in the Yampa Valley.
• You’ll know the food you eat comes from the Yampa Valley and is safe and nutritious for your family.
• Typically, meat and produce travel more than 1,500 miles to reach local stores; our producers are within a 30 mile radius.
• Supporting our local producers will help them succeed and grow local options and supply.
• A dollar spent on local food generates nearly twice as much income for the local economy.
Whichever reason resonates with you, act on it and check out the food grown in the valley; you might be surprised to see how much the valley has to offer.
To be a Yampavore at the CAA Market, you have three options. First, you can pay a onetime shoppers fee of $5 for your order and give the market a trial run.
Second, you can become a CAA market member for an annual fee of $25, which allows you access to the market without full membership benefits.
Third, you can pay $50 annually, which entitles you to market access and allows us to offer programs and lead and support the agriculture community.
The Market can be accessed at caamarket.org. Think about ways being a Yampavore can positively impact your family, friends, and community … because agriculture matters.
Meredith Rose is administrative assistant at the Community Agricultural Alliance.
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