Wondering where to get locally sourced food without foraging for lambs quarter and purslane or trying to catch a rabbit?
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Ivywild School have just the thing to solve your problem!
Hunt or Gather, located in Ivywild School next to the Principal’s Office, connects local consumers with food grown or made within a 300 mile radius of Colorado Springs. That can include all sorts of things, from fruit grown in Paonia, CO to vegetables grown in Pueblo, CO to pasture raised beef grown near the Kansas border to salsa made right here in the Springs. It’s food you could go get yourself on a day trip, if only you could make several such day trips a month.
“It’s kind of a local garage sale of food,” explained Megan Andreozzi-Harris, the manager and driving force behind Hunt or Gather. The food in the store comes from local farms, local kitchens and also from urban homesteaders.
Not only does the store sell food, but they’ll help you find the food you are looking for!
I’m excited about the Buying Club! A buying club means being able to buy enough local produce to preserve it for the winter and eat local all year round. I want people to have access to the wonderful food grown around here and even tried starting a club myself, but I got frustrated when I couldn’t find an efficient way to make it work.
Imagine how happy I was when Megan told me Hunt or Gather would have a buying club! The store already has the systems in place to order the food you want and they have a place to hold it for you when it’s delivered.
It’s the perfect opportunity for canners to get enough local, seasonal produce to preserve!
If you preserve your own food for winter, I highly recommend attending the upcoming organizational meeting for Hunt or Gather’s buying club. It will be at the store on August 23 at 4PM. Contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Keep an eye on the Hunt or Gather schedule too! They’ll have classes on cooking, gardening and food preservation. A Grand Opening is planned for a weekend in the near future.
Check out this edible garage sale when you visit the Farm and Art Market this week. You can hunt and gather your way to dinner and never even get dirty!
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