Community Agriculture Alliance: Become a Yampavore this summer
Summer is finally here (almost officially, according to the calendar) and fresh local food is growing.
Hungry for freshly picked lettuces, radishes, fresh herbs or greens? We’ve got them. So how do you find this wonderful, fresh local food? It’s easy. … Community Agriculture Alliance manages a website at which local producers can list available products for sale directly to you, the customer.
CAA is using the term “Yampavore” to describe people who do just that. A Yampavore is a person who eats, drinks, consumes and uses locally grown food and products from the Yampa Valley. Join the Yampavore movement and buy local food and products. The following explains how.
• Visit caamarket.org.
• Click “Join Now,” sign up and register for the CAA Market. You will be asked to select a membership option with your first order.
• Start shopping. You can view products and read about producers. Start filling your online shopping cart with wonderful local products.
• Pick up your order Friday, and enjoy eating local
The Community Ag Market, at caamarket.org, offers weekly opportunities to order local food and products with no minimum order required. You can shop anytime Monday through noon Thursday. If you place an order, pick up is every Friday between noon and 5 p.m. in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Products vary by season; currently, there are local greens, fresh herbs, micro greens, vegetables, local pork, beef and lamb, farm fresh eggs, homemade baked goods, honey, granola, bread, coffee, tea and more.
If you need additional motivation to become a Yampavore, consider the following.
• When you spend a dollar locally, it multiplies. Locally owned businesses do business with other local businesses. They bank locally, advertise in local newspapers and purchase local services, such as accounting and printing. They hire local employees and pay local taxes. Each time a dollar is re-spent in the local economy, it’s akin to new income and creates a multiplier effect, rather than having the same money leave the community.
• Local producers/owners are local contributors. These are the businesses and products that give back to our local nonprofits, not only financially, but also with in-kind donations and volunteer time. They support our schools, sports teams and countless other organizations.
• The community maintains uniqueness. Our local businesses/products are an integral part of what makes the Yampa Valley unique. They add that special something extra and help define who we are as a community, from Sailor Granola to Bear Fat Soap to grass-fed beef to local bacon.
• Know your producer/farmer/business owner. Talk directly with the person making, baking, growing and creating the product you are purchasing. Ask them questions, develop a relationship and learn what makes their products special. If you have a problem or question, they will fix it and stand behind their products.
• Reduced environmental impact. When products are made/grown here, transportation costs are reduced, which is a win-win for both economic and environmental concerns.
For more information, call Community Agriculture Alliance at 970-879-4370, or visit communityagalliance.org.
Michele Meyer is local food/product coordinator for Community Agriculture Alliance.
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