ABOUT THE CSA

For those of you who aren’t familiar, “CSA” stands for community supported agriculture. This relatively new socio-economic concept changes the way food is produced, distributed and sold, creating small scale closed markets for farmers in which the consumer participates in the risk and rewards of the farm. One of the great benefits of the CSA (in addition to receiving produce the day it is picked) is that it gives our farmers more opportunity to do what they do best –grow your food. The farmers also receive more money for their crops and save time by not having to market produce to stores.

It is time to sign up for your Summer CSA Box. Home-delivered tasty, North Fork Grub is right around Spring’s corner! I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for fresh, locally grown food.  Happy Belly CSA is going on its 12th year and our garden has been maintained going on 9 years- our soil is healthy and happy and chemical free!

The boxes are available for purchase in the North Fork Valley, Roaring Fork Valley and in all towns leading to Telluride, by way of Paonia. We deliver right to your house in order to keep your food cool and fresh. Drop-off time varies, due to nature, traffic and the occasional glitches involved with any business, but we try to do all drops between 11am and 6 pm.

You don’t need to be home when we deliver. Lots of folks want us to put the food in their fridges and we are happy to do that for you. We ask that you don’t have a mean dog and  that you make room in your fridge each week. Other folks leave an ice chest on their porch and this works the best for us. Thanks for asking!

As usual we will be working with 5-7 other growers in our area to pad out our gardens yields.  This means you will get the best of Paonia and North Fork produce weekly!  Your participation in Happy Belly CSA will also help our other farmers to prosper financially for their produce that we pack in your box.  It takes a village, right? Our Box Rocks! if I do say so myself……

 THE DEETS

  • Roaring Fork delivery route includes:  Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, El Jebel, Basalt, Woody Creek, Snow Mass Village, Old Snow Mass, & Aspen.  If you live in the Roaring Fork Valley, please select “Roaring Fork Delivery” option on the drop down menu when you are purchasing your Summer CSA Share.
  • Telluride delivery route includes: Hotchkiss, Delta, Montrose, Ridgway, Our, Placerville, Sawpit & Telluride.  If you are in between any of these towns we will deliver to your door step too!  Please select “Telluride delivery” option on the drop down menu when you are purchasing your Summer CSA Share.
  • Local pick up means Paonia pick up at our barn for our discounted price.  Local North Fork Residents who pick up at the Paonia barn do not have to pay our $10 weekly delivery charge. Simply go to the order form and select “Paonia Pickup Only”.  Your total will reflect the deduction of the delivery charge.
  • The Full CSA share box feeds a family of 4, or 2 to 3 veggie and fruit loving adults quite easily.
  • The Half CSA share box feeds up to a small family of 2 and is perfect for the solo person.
  • You can pay easily and securely on-line by Credit Card.
  • We can offer a 3% discount for check or cash payments for the CSA Shares.  Contact Chloe@happybellycsa.com to get the adjusted total if paying by check.  Always mail cash or check to: Happy Belly CSA, PO Box 1014 Paonia, Co 81428.
  • Home delivery is the same is as it’s always been ($10 a week) and is already added to the cost of the CSA share.

We need final payments by June 1, 2017 and we could use your commitments to join the CSA as soon as possible to help us know how much to plant this Spring.

For our returning customers, if you need some wiggle room or creative financing, pitch it to me and we will try to be creative with you! We love you guys, and we want you all to come back this year and hopefully, you will tell all of your pals to eat the Happy Belly CSA this year!

POLICY: There are no cancellations for pre-paid CSA box shares. That being said, if you will be vacationing or absent in some way during our CSA season and you have already committed to our 16 week season, let us know. We can drop your CSA box to a friend in the valley, or if you would like we will donate your box to a local school or hospital. Many a teacher and nurse have thanked us in the past for this.

TOP 10 REASONS TO JOIN A CSA

  1. Create a relationship with the person who grows your food
  2. Help farmers -money goes directly to grower, not middle man and chain stores
  3. Support neighborhood businesses –be a part of re-localization effort
  4. Reduce fossil fuel consumption used in food transport
  5. Support land intensive organic farming
  6. Purchase nutrient dense foods
  7. Eat locally
  8. Eat seasonally
  9. Eat fresh food
  10. Receive weekly basket of produce –often same day it is harvested

If you are not convinced contact us and we will answer any questions you have about our operation.  It’s important for our customers to understand what a CSA is and what a CSA isn’t.  Is this your first time joining a CSA?  Do give us a ring anytime.  We’re real people, we promise, and if we don’t answer we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Often times we are on the farm and in the dirt trying our best not to drop our phones in puddles!

HAPPY BELLY IS UNIQUE

We live in a valley of artisans whose handcrafted goods range from artisanal meats and cheeses to products made from fine local medicinal plant matter.  We proudly offer products from our valley’s finest purveyors, passionate produce growers, and wild herbalists!  Once the season begins, check back weekly for our offerings.

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