CSA – Community Supported Agriculture!
WHO & WHY?
Our CSA members are our VIPs and prized customers. They are folks in the community who understand the many benefits of eating locally grown food and who are willing to dedicate a portion of their food dollars to support local agriculture. Not only does a CSA put you in touch with your farmer, it puts you in the farm-to-table driver’s seat of experiencing Colorado fruit season in real time. Our direct relationship allows us to ripen fruit on the tree and pick it at its peak of flavor. In turn you experience the amazing flavors of Ela’s world class fruit. We hope that our commitment to peak flavor helps you create local food traditions that you and your loved ones look forward to every year.
In exchange for your upfront commitment, our CSA members receive top priority to Ela’s fruit harvest. Members who pick up their CSA share directly from us at one of the farmers markets below sign up on our website between March 1-June 15 each year. Alternatively, if you are interested in picking up an Ela Family Farms’ CSA fruit share from one of our like-minded vegetable farms, please see their websites on this page for more details. They often start CSA sign ups in the winter much earlier than we do.
With over 25 pick up sites along the Front Range and a few on the Western Slope, hopefully one works well for you! Click on each site below for complete details. CSA shares are available from Ela Family Farms in Hotchkiss, our eleven Front Range Farmer’s Market locations below and from our partner veggie farms. Prices vary based on date ranges and varying contents.
If you need help figuring out the best share for you, or you prefer to pay by check, e-mail jeni@elafamilyfarms. Let her know where you live so that she can recommend the best Ela fruit CSA for you. We hope that you will join us!
- Hotchkiss Farm Pickup
- Ft. Collins
- Denver Union Station
- Old S. Pearl St. Denver
- City Park Denver
- Stapleton Denver
- Cherry Creek Saturdays Denver
- Potager Restaurant Tuesdays Denver
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.