We had a blast at Joyful Journey's annual Seed Exchange this past weekend despite the cold weather (but much-needed moisture for the Valley)! The SLV Local Foods Coalition was well represented by the Food Hub and Rio Grande Farm Park! Addie, Program Director of the Rio Grande Farm Park spoke on "Seeds are our Past, Present & Future".
Earth Day is this Thursday! How are you celebrating? We'll be slinging pallets and aggregating!
Asparagus from Milberger Farms is the first of the fresh produce of the season!
If you'd like potatoes or tortillas from Tortilleria La Unica for Tuesday delivery, we are needing those orders in by Thursday afternoons! This will help our producers and ops immensely!
We are hiring a driver to join our team! Are you or someone you know interested? Please send along your resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Special consideration given to Chaffee County residents.
Ally & VRFH Team
Ally Stone: Markets Manager and Mycelium Architect
Ryan Davis: Ops Manager & Pallet Jack Cowboy
Jesse Marchildon: South Valley Badger
Nick Chambers: GM & Chief Fungi
JD Kettle: Red Hot Chili Pepp'r
Isabella Chambers: Alpine Aslan
Piper Meuwissen: Dancin' Dirt Specialist
NEW: Valencia Flour Mill Mixes!
Jose D. Cordova, I, Founder of the Valencia Flour Mill, then called the Jarales Trading Post & Roller Mill, decided to build his Mill in 1914 because of the plentiful wheat crop in central New Mexico. He packed the flour into a nationally popular Flavo brand in cloth bags from the Midget Marvel Milling Company Jose D. Cordova & his wife, Josefita Lopez Cordova were 1st Generation Mill Owners.
The Family Mill ownership continued under Arturo Cordova and his wife, Vivianita Sanchez Cordova, the founder's son & daughter-in-law. He ran the Mill through the 1930s with Vivian Sanchez, his brother-in-law and partner. Vivian died in 1940 but Arturo continued on until the 1970's when he was semi-retired. He sold a bread flour under the brand name Royal Crust. After he died in 1983, the Jarales Roller Mill fell into disuse for 5 years.
The 3rd Generation Flour Miller is Jose D. Cordova, grandson & namesake of the founder. In August, 1988 Jose & his wife, Kathy purchased the mill from the Cordova Family estate and changed the business name to Valencia Flour Mill with Valencia as the brand name. Jose resigned from his 21-year process engineering career at the 3M Company & moved his family from St. Paul, Minnesota to Belen, New Mexico in December, 1988. Soon after the Valencia Flour Mill re-opened in 1990, customers asked for easy-to-use mixes. Co-owner Kathy's degree in science journalism plus her family background in foods contributed to the Mill's R&D efforts.
Talk about an Old Mill -- The Valencia Flour Mill still uses wood & steel machines which look like cabinets, but actually make flour.
Jose's specialty unbleached flour has a wholesome wheat flavor due to the way he adjusts the bolting cloths in a "craft-milling" technique. Jose redesigned his family's Mill in 1989. He connected all the old milling machinery with belts to one 25 hp motor attached to the original line shaft to conserve energy.
Photos by Stephanie Cameron, read more at
https://www.ediblenm.com/the-grain-drain/ on how their operations pivoted during the Pandemic.
Mixes are a touch sweet, but great ready to go!
2 lb bags
By the Bunch
Zia Tortilla Company!
New Flavor of Chips!
Pinto Beans from Adobe Milling Co.!
Now available in 4 lb POLY bags
Seeds from Pueblo Seed Company!
We still have plenty of seeds available! Order some today for your gardens!
We are VERY excited that we are now able to accept SNAP benefits! Caveat: SNAP participants must come to our warehouse to receive and pay for their orders. Delivery is NOT available at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience. Order online as usual, and enter a Purchase Order (PO) with your initials, date, & SNAP in lieu of a credit card payment
(ex: AS 2/25/21 SNAP).
Address: 5401 Terry Street, Mosca, CO 81146
Attention: Denver Customers!
We are working with a last-mile delivery service, Bondadosa in Denver. Delivery fees are based on your location from their warehouse 3755 Wazee Street. The delivery fees are as follows:
15 mile radius=$5.99
15-20 mile radius=$7.99
20-25 mile radius=$9.99
25-30 mile radius=$11.99
We are only operating to Denver on the Tuesday order deadline/Friday delivery cycle.
How to return your box:
1) Clean the inside and outside with soap and hot water.
2) Make a bleach solution with 1 tablespoon per gallon of water (good to have around anyway) and wipe down the inside and outside of box
3) Allow to air dry and store in a sanitary place:
never on the ground
never on the floor
4) Return options:
Have ready for the delivery driver to exchange with the new incoming box
Bring back to the place of pick up
Bring to Mosca warehouse on Mondays or Thursdays
5) Waste not, want not
*Please note, if your items come in a cardboard box that was reused we do NOT need them back. The plastic corrugated boxes, and nicer produce boxes we do need back. Thank you.
TUESDAY 4pm Deadline for FRIDAY Delivery
(Denver, CO Springs, Pueblo & Regional)
FRIDAY 4 pm Order Deadline for TUESDAY Delivery
(Regional ONLY: San Luis Valley, BV, Salida, Creede*)
$250 Order Minimum for Complimentary Home Delivery