James Ranch Market (left) & James Ranch Grille (Right)
Dear local food system stakeholder,
Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to visit some of our customers in the Durango area and make new connections. So much of this work is about relationships, and meeting folks in person after communicating on the phone and email is so refreshing!
If you are in the Durango area a stop by James Ranch Market & Grill is a must! Three generations are working together to produce the highest quality food using regenerative agricultural practices. Stop in for lunch or dinner and don't forget to visit the market!
Durango Natural Foods Co-op is a member-owned cooperative grocery store that's been around since 1974! They have a delicious produce section and deli. Stock up on bulk goods there as well!
Does anyone else love visiting farm-to-table cafes and indie grocers on their travels?
Al & VRFH Team
Durango Natural Foods CO-OP
Al Stone: Markets Manager and Mycelium Architect
Ryan Davis: Ops Manager & Pallet Jack Cowboy
Nick Chambers: GM & Chief Fungi
JD Kettle: Red Hot Chili Pepp'r
Ryan Daugherty aka RyDawg: Earth Surfer
Piper Meuwissen: Dancin' Dirt Specialist
Ally Jean aka AJ: Fresh Box Curator & Grub Guardian
Isabella Chambers: Alpine Aslan
Mountain Roots Food Project!
Rachel Branham, Development Coordinator at Mountain Roots presenting in their open house tour, showing community members Freight Farms. Photo Credit: Emily Ogden
The mission of Mountain Roots Food Project is to cultivate a resilient food system in the Gunnison Valley by enhancing healthy connections between food, earth, and community. We foster knowledge, teach skills, and provide opportunities that ensure access to affordable, nutritious food that is regionally based and sustainably produced.
The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition's Local Food Local Places Grant headed by Abe Rosenberg and Mountain Roots have joined forces this season to take steps to better connect the agricultural products of our two valleys as well as other areas of Southwest Colorado. Their project is supported by a grant funded by the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Services.
Lettuce is grown at the Mountain Roots Community Farm and Glacier Farm.
Molly Mazel, Local Food Distribution & Development Fellow
Photo Credit: Emily Ogden
Spring Lettuce Mix
2 lb bag
Produce from El Sagrado Farm!
El Sagrado Farm has been certified organic since it was purchased 27 years ago by Karen and Colin Henderson. Over the next 14 years, they grew vegetables commercially which they've sold primarily in Taos and Santa Fe. They've also had a 100 member CSA for three years.
Since that time, they have tended stock, and they provide the basis for the compost that fuels the rest of the farm. They now have 200 Navajo-Churro sheep, an endangered heritage breed. They sell wool, meat, and breeding stock. They grow alfalfa, barley, and oats to feed their livestock.
This year they added some limited vegetable production, grown in a passive solar greenhouse and in the field. Drip irrigation is used in the greenhouse and outdoor vegetable garden and flood irrigation for the larger fields. Sustainable, biodynamic processes are used along with manure used to compost their fields. Draft horses are used as much as possible in their farming practices. The building on the property are solar-powered and made of recycled and low-impact materials.
Napa Cabbage by the head
Anaheim Peppers, Mild 1 lb bag
Organic Peaches from
20 lb case
1 lb bag
*Fresh Boxers, these ARE going in your boxes this week, heads up!*
Green Beans from
~1 lb bag
Lacinato Kale &
Romaine Lettuce from
Southern Colorado Farms!
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. 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.
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