Front Range farm begins deliveries to mountain communities
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado
With 2,200 acres of land in Wellington, Grant Family Farms is adding Grand County to its list of locations part of a Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA.
The farm announced last week that it plans to have Grand County drop-off locations where freshly harvested produce is delivered to members on a weekly basis.
Participants purchase a share of the farm’s harvest before the growing season.
Produce is then delivered for 26 weeks from mid-June to mid-December.
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Having served members along the Front Range from Pueblo to Cheyenne, Wyo., the farm is offering shares to mountain communities for the first time this year.
“Our members call it ‘their farm,’ and that’s the biggest compliment because that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to forge that relationship between the farm and the consumer,” said farmer Andy Grant. “The crown jewel of our beautiful state is the mountain communities. Now we are able to grow 150 kinds of veggies down here, pick it and have it in the mountains in a day … It’s wonderful.”
Members commit to helpings of farm-grown foods appropriate to their personal needs.
A heaping “family share” of vegetables works for a foursome or a couple with a weakness for veggies, a “small share” serves beginners or couples without quite as much quantity as the full family share, and a smaller “single share” suffices for a single person or a couple on the go.
CSA members can also buy a share in eggs from Grant Family Farms, 22 weeks of fresh Colorado-grown fruit, 10 weeks of pesticide-free flowers and, by order, farm-raised organic chicken, turkey, goose, duck, goat and lamb.
Grant Family Farms was started in Larimer County in 1971 by Lewis Grant.
According to the farm’s Web site, http://www.grantfamilyfarms.com, Lewis Grant’s son took over the farm operations in the late 1980s after using organic practices on the farm. Despite a number of “ups and downs,” primarily related to frequent hail storms, the farm has grown over the years and now markets throughout the country, some internationally, and now through CSA and local food programs. The farm’s CSA program started in 2007.
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