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Need local eggs or beef in a jiffy? Online marketplace now offers same-day pickup

Scott Franz
Lisa Larkin, surrounded by her horses and a goat on her ranch north of Steamboat Springs, poses next to a table of her chocolate chip pumpkin bread, blueberry streusel muffins and zucchini pineapple bread. Larkin runs Buckin' Horse Pantry from her ranch and has sold her breads and sweets on the Community Agriculture Alliance's online ag marketplace.
Scott Franz

— The Community Agriculture Alliance is making it even easier to purchase produce, meats, eggs and baked goods that are made right here in Northwest Colorado.

The Ag Alliance’s local food marketplace now has expanded pickup hours and a same-day pick-up option for some goods.

A sampling of the goods that can be ordered and picked up on the same day include farm fresh eggs, micro greens, local pork, honey and locally roasted coffee.

Pickup times now run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 141 Ninth St. in downtown Steamboat.

View the marketplace by visiting http://www.caamarket.org.

“The online marketplace has been growing pretty consistently since we took it over two years ago,” Ag Alliance food and products coordinator Michele Meyer said. “We’re taking baby steps to make it more convenient for both the producers and the customers.”

While Meyer said it isn’t quite a grocery store yet, the marketplace now has goods from 50 producers.

The producers range from farmers with a small supply of chicken eggs to larger producers looking to grow their offerings.

Meyer said the marketplace recently outgrew its pickup location at the back of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building off of Lincoln Avenue.

The marketplace is now headquartered at Ninth and Oak streets.

It is also partnering with producers as far away as Niwot to offer a greater variety of produce and goods.

Chris Hamilton is one of the most frequent customers of the marketplace.

“We pretty much buy all of our meat and produce from the Ag Alliance,” Hamilton said Tuesday. “While it is a touch more expensive, the quality of the meats and produce is far better than what we can get from City Market and Safeway. We’re eating healthier, and the meats are a lot tastier.”

Hamilton said the veggies he and his wife buy from the local food marketplace tend to last longer.

What’s Hamilton’s favorite local food item?

“We really, really like the bacon,” he said.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10


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