Our CSA members are our champions and prized customers. They are folks in the community who understand the challenges of farming and are willing to dedicate a portion of their food dollars to support local food producers. In exchange for their upfront commitment, our CSA members receive priority for the best of our organic fruit harvest. Members sign up on our website from March 1-June 15 each year. Please see our pick up site options below with complete details. We are keeping our fingers crossed for a mild spring, which will bring bushels of bounty to our CSA members!
CSA shares are available from Ela Family Farms in Hotchkiss and at our nine Front Range Farmer’s Market locations. We also partner with like-minded vegetable farms who offer an optional Ela CSA fruit share alongside their veggie shares. Prices vary based on market closing dates and market limitations.
For more information or if you prefer to pay by check, e-mail jeni@elafamilyfarms. You can also email Jeni to explore some of our partner farm pick up options. Let her know where you live so that she can recommend the best Ela fruit share for you. We hope that you will join us!
The weekly CSA fruit share suits a family of 2-4 people. If you have a big family or you are ravenous fruit eaters, feel free to sign up more than one share! The canning share is great for those who want to process fruit while it is in season and enjoy it year round. We often sell out of our prized fruit and our CSA members get first dibs to our harvest.
Because harvest dates are dynamic, flexibility is required. We only include fruit we grow on our farm in our shares. If we are short of one fruit, we will substitute the full retail value with another fruit or our delicious processed goods. We guarantee our fruit and that members receive the full retail value of their share.
While we feel confident in our late season share, the early season portion is a bit more risky. Therefore, members pay only for the late season portion at this time. After the threat of late spring frost passes in late May, we will offer our members the early season share if it is available.