Arkansas Valley Organic Growers’s will deliver the freshest and most nutritious food to Colorado Springs and Pueblo area residents through its new multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program in 2013.
Now the general public has access to the same high-quality produce favored by top chefs at the area’s finest restaurants. From fresh greens and beets, to sweet corn, melons, squash and green chiles, when you buy from AVOG you can be assured of just-picked quality and organic growing methods that you can trust, while also supporting local agriculture and the local economy.
With its new CSA program, AVOG offers the advantage of diversity and stability among its seven member farms, as well as truly local food grown in the Arkansas River watershed/foodshed.
This year’s 25-week program will run from mid-May through October, with members receiving a weekly basket of fresh produce delivered to host sites. Meat and eggs also may be available for purchase separately as supplies allow.
Cost for this year’s 25-week program is $655. A discount of $30 will be given to those who pay up-front in full ($625) by May 1, or members may choose a three-payment option.
To reserve your CSA for this season, go to www.arkvalleygrowers.com. Shares are limited to 250 for this season.
How our CSA works
- Members pay for a full growing season, mid-May through October, and receive a weekly basket of seasonal produce. Payment plans are also available.
- Our delivery truck will make weekly drops to host sites in your community.
- Membership is limited. Sign up early!
- CSA hosts play a vital role in connecting local eaters with local farmers, and will also receive their share in exchange for their work, which is expected to require about two hours per week overseeing the pickup, filling baskets and coordinating volunteers. If you would like to host a CSA distribution site, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Products sourced from outside the AVOG cooperative will be carefully selected from Colorado farmers that we know and trust, and will be organic when possible.
Farm Fresh Buying Club
In addition to its CSA program, AVOG also will continue its popular Farm Fresh Buying Club program for those who wish to buy in bulk and want more choice in what they order. Members can order cases off the AVOG wholesale price list and enjoy the same prices as restaurants and other retail establishments with a $100 minimum order. Our buying clubs range from memberships of two to 20 or more. Members must arrange for pickup at designated drop-offs or our farm service center, and also are responsible for distribution of the produce among their club members. For more information about starting a buying club program email email@example.com.
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) builds powerful partnerships among urban and rural residents who share a concern for the land and the desire to create a more secure local food system.
CSAs are mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers to share responsibility for where and how food is produced. The CSA is a partnership designed to help financially support an agricultural organization, and offers the opportunity for customers to become actual participants rather than merely consumers.
CSA members get fresh, healthful, locally grown food and share in the risk. Farmers get a reliable, local, and committed market for their goods. The end result is a more robust and vibrant local food community.