Where to get locally grown food in Colorado Springs

Where does the food in your kitchen come from?

Patience asked exactly this same question last summer, when he was still kitten sized (and mixing bowl sized).

Patience asked exactly this same question last summer, when he was still mixing bowl sized.

Would you like to be able to answer, “Oh, the food was grown right around here!”?  If so, read on …

Let's start with eggs.

Let’s start with eggs.

I get this question at least once a week …

“Do you sell eggs?”

I don’t, but I happen to know who does.  Lil’ Bit Farms sent out a notice this morning that they will begin delivering fresh eggs for customers to pick up at Buckley’s Homestead Supply on April 19, 2013.

**Chicken eggs are $5    dozen or $7 for 18 ** Duck eggs cost $3 for six  or $6 a full dozen  ** Turkey eggs are $1 each egg

**Chicken eggs are $5 dozen or $7 for 18
** Duck eggs cost $3 for six or $6 a full dozen
** Turkey eggs are $1 each egg

You have to order them in advance and considering how many people are looking for local, pastured eggs, I imagine they’ll go fast.  Contact Diana Ford at  719 966 7465.  Do it now, while you’re dreaming of tender scrambled eggs and the cinnamon french toast you’re going to make!

(I just learned (after posting this post) that Our Place on the Mesa, in Monument, also has fresh eggs for sale!)

Lil’ Bit Farms also sells pasture raised meats and goat milk shares.

Speaking of goat milk, it's kidding season!  Here are two babies from the Goat Cheese Lady's homestead.

Speaking of goat milk, it’s kidding season! Here are two rambunctious babies from the Goat Cheese Lady’s homestead.

I love my raw goats milk and recommend it.  It’s incredibly fresh and comes from small herds of animals who are treated well by people who love raising them.  If you’re uncomfortable with its rawness, you can easily pasteurize it at home.

I know what's in this milk... Nothing but milk!

I know what’s in this milk… Nothing but milk!

It makes great cheese, cocoa and yogurt.

Easter Egg Acres has shares available and delivers to Good Earth Garden Center, on Walnut St. near I-25 and Uintah.  Our Place on the Mesa (aka Sparrows Nest Farm), in Monument on the north side of town, is starting a share program as well.  Contact Denise at 719-337-4770 for more information!

Next up: Vegetables

Next up: Vegetables

Now you’ve got fresh eggs and fresh milk, and naturally you’d like to make a frittata or a quiche.  Where do you get the vegetables?

The Arkansas Valley Organic Growers (AVOG) has the answer!  AVOG is a cooperative of farmers south of the Springs, in the … you guessed it!… in the Arkansas Valley.  Venetucci Farm is a member, as is Hobbs Family Farm, Larga Vista Ranch, Frost Farm and others you may have met at the Colorado Farm and Art Market.

AVOG has introduced a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program this year.    The program costs $655 for 25 weeks of locally grown, fresh produce.  It’s the first year and shares are limited!  Sign up and pay in full by May 1 for a discount.  Go to the AVOG website to sign up!

What if you'd like to can?  You need more produce!

What if you’d like to can? You need more produce!

AVOG also offers produce in bulk, but you can only get it through a Neighborhood Buying Club.  Luckily, Hungry Chicken Homestead has one!  We call it the Hungry Chicken Produce Club.  Stay tuned for details and if you’d like to learn to can that produce head over to our Class Schedule page!  Spaces are going fast!

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Where to get locally grown food in Colorado Springs — 3 Comments

  1. Found you via Facebook. We’re moving down from Canada in the summer and I’m so excited to have a resource like your blog to find locally grown and raise foods. Can’t wait to join in on your fun!

    Many thanks.

    • Welcome to the Springs, Kirsten! I hope you’ll join us for a Local Foods Meetup outing or two so I can meet you!

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