Community Agriculture Alliance: Shop local, eat local
Sometimes, life can be hard. There are so many choices in what we do, how we choose to spend our time, what we focus on and even what we eat. Community Agriculture Alliance wants to help simplify at least that of those things: If you want to shop and eat local food, we’ve got a simple answer to the questions of how, when, where and why.
CAA has been working to promote and support local food in the Yampa Valley for many years. We manage an online local food market, the CAA Market, at which you can shop for and buy local products. The focus of this program is to connect local producers with customers. We are proud to have more than 50 local and regional producers listed on caamarket.org, offering everything from grass-fed beef to locally roasted coffee and farm fresh eggs. Product availability varies by season and includes micro greens, local wheat berries, grass fat lamb and local pork, local honey, homemade pies, jam, bread, tea, soaps, lotions and more.
Recently, CAA moved its office and the CAA Market into a new space. We are still located at 141 Ninth Street, but across the lobby from prior office space. The entrance is off the front porch through the door to the right.
This move has allowed the CAA Market to offer expanded hours, with regular ordering online from noon Monday through midnight Wednesday and order pick up all day Fridays.
With more space, we are also offering a “Buy it Now – Pick Up Today” section of the online market. These limited products are stored at our offices and available during regular business hours.
We are excited to offer our customers expanded hours and product availability with the continued goal of helping our local producers sell more of their products. CAA also recently began the Yampavore Favorites. Weekly, we pre-order local ground beef, ground pork, eggs, micro greens and fresh bread.
We are often asked “why buy local? Isn’t it expensive?”
Great questions, and the short answer is buying local food truly does make a difference to our local producers, our environment, our economy, your nutrition and our heritage of local agriculture.
Producers set their own prices and receive 100 percent of that amount. They are fair in their pricing, which is often less than or equal to regular grocery stores. Each producer has a profile page on the site, so you can learn more about their practices, background and ingredients.
So keep it simple. Head over to caamarket.org and check out local food options for weekly ordering or same day pick up. It’s easy.
Michele Meyer is local food coordinaror for Community Agriculture Alliance. For more information, visit communityagalliance.org.
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