Community Supported Agriculture, Mesa County Colorado, CSA Farm

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Thank you for your interest in Field To Fork CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) we are a family run farm in Palisade Colorado. We are very proud to provide fresh locally grown produce to 150 households weekly in Mesa County Colorado including Grand Junction, Palisade and Fruita. We grow a variety of fruit and vegetables on 18 acres in Palisade Colorado.

The farm and our produce stand is open May-November Tuesday - Friday 4-dusk Saturday and Sunday 10-dusk. We are usually harvesting and farming all morning please come visit us in the afternoon.

Our office hours are Monday - Friday 9am-6pm. Please feel free to call for questions. 

Click here to Join for 2017!

For whole sale buyers please email for product availability. To volunteer or take a tour  of the farm please call 970-216-2642 or email us at fieldtoforkcsa@gmail.

 

The Mission:

-Making healthy, nutritious and culturally appropriate food accessible and affordable.

-Supporting local, regional, family-scale, and sustainable food production.

-Building and revitalizing local communities and economies.

-Providing fair wages and decent working conditions for farmers and food system workers.

-Empowering diverse people to work together to create positive changes in the food system and their communities.

 

 

What To Expect

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Field to Fork Community Supported Agriculture: Is a fruit and vegetable farm in Palisade Colorado. We offer a spring, summer and fall CSA garden share program (for a total of 27 weeks).  We cultivate 16 acres of soil for vegetable production using organic methods. We are Certified Organic by the USDA. 

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We strive to offer and teach our local community of Mesa County how diversified small-scale farms, can produce a higher nutrient dense quality of food and more profitability for farms while using regenerative and economically efficient agricultural practices. We take pride in our thoughtful farming practice by using low inputs and by growing diversified crops organically and biodynamically. Beneficial flowers surround the farm creating habitat for bees, birds and other beneficial insects. 

We also farm 4+ acres of stone and pome orchard's organically. Fruit is a wonderful addition to our farm and CSA program.  We grow premium cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples and pears. We also grow flowers and herbs. Through the growing season members are able to pick herbs and flowers at will. 

Sometimes we are not able to produce everything.  Some crops are not economically viable for us to grow.  We specialize in tree fruit, tomatoes, salad greens,  root vegetables, squash and  few other  vegetable crops. The fact is  we must pick our battles and some battles we loose. We also focus on growing specialty crops such as garlic, fennel, basil and artichokes. We have 8000 square feet of greenhouses on our farm.  We farm a total of 26 acres. We grow vegetables and harvest fresh produce all four seasons. This allows us to provide fresh nutrient dense produce year round to chefs and foodies in Mesa County.  

95% of the produce sold on our farm is grown on our farm. To us CSA means more then just us. We have a great community of growers that help us and we like to support their efforts. If we have a failed crop or feel like adding value we work with other local farms on products we we are not able to produce. We look for flowers, organically grown vegetables, mushrooms and premium fruit. IF you are a grower and why to co operate please contact us. We would enjoy hearing about your hard work. 

Thank you for taking your time to read about our farm!

We offer 3 share sizes during our main summer garden share season (18 weeks):

  •  Itty Bitty (1 person) $300.00= $18.00 per week value
  • The couple (2 people) $425.00= $25.00 per week value
  • The Family (2-4 people) $565.00= $33.00 per week value

**New for 2017

  • The Traveler: 10 weeks of CSA shares at your convince punch pass 350.00 ( family size) 

We also offer a spring (4 weeks) and fall (5 weeks) garden share:

  • Spring Garden Share - $120.00= $30.00 per week value
  • Fall Garden Share -  $150.00= $30.00 per week value

Here is a brief list of produce we can provide each week, depending on season:

  • Greens: Arugula, Swiss Chard, Kale, Head Lettuce, Cabbage, Gourmet Salad Blends and Spinach.
  • Herbs: Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Sage, Thyme, Chives, Oregano, Dill and Fennel.
  • Tender Fruits/Mature Fruits: Scallions, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Green Beans, Snow and Sugar Peas, Tomatillo, Tomato, Okra, Eggplant, Melons, Artichoke and Peppers. 
  • Roots: Onion, Beets, Carrots, Radish, Turnips and Parsnips.
  • Hard Shelled Fruit: Winter Squash and Pumpkins.

 Eggs: Free Range Local Fresh Farm eggs, $5.00 per dozen available on a  first come, first serve basis.

We have 4 acres of orchard on our farm and we provide fruit when available. We grow cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, apples and pears Organically. When and if we have a good year there is a little bit of fruit for the CSA to share. (Fruit is not an additional charge, it is included in the weekly share.)

Also provided in the spring and summer garden share: fresh flowers (for at least 5 weeks of the growing season). We can also provide flowers for September and October weddings or events, please call us for pricing and inquiries:970-216-2642.

Additionally, we can provide opportunities for people who like to preserve food to make their own sauce, jam, chutneys or salsas. Our fruit and other vegetable items may be purchased in advance by the case. We announce when the items are available through our newsletters.  Call for pricing and inquiries: 970-216-2642.

Distribution/Pick Up Schedule for 2017 (Dates May Change)

Pickups are open house style. You can come anytime during your pickup hours. As your farmers, we harvest your food all day, then we set it out all pretty in a buffet style setting, like your own personal farmers market. You grab an empty basket and fill it up with whatever you want. If you want more tomatoes, and no turnips – that’s all you. You choose what you put in your basket. Once your basket is full, you are done! We do it all over again the following week.

Spring Garden Share: 4 Weeks: May 6, 13, 20, 27. Distribution on Fridays 4:00pm-dusk and Saturday 10-12 at Field To Fork Farm: 3526 Front Street, Palisade, CO, 81526.

Summer Garden: 18 Weeks: June 8 - October 5. Distributions are Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 4:00pm-dusk and Saturday mornings at 10am-12pm at Field To Fork Farm: 3526 Front Street, Palisade, CO, 81526. There will be no distribution the week of July 4th due to number of people out of town - also giving us a chance to catch up on the garden. 

Once the garden season has ended we will allow gleaning days.

Fall Garden Share: 4 Weeks: October 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 18. Distribution on Friday  4:00pm-dusk and Saturday 10-12 at Field To Fork Farm: 3526 Front Street, Palisade, CO, 81526.

 

Farming and Harvest Schedule (Weather Permitting)

Mid March to May- thin fruit blossoms for yummy perfect peaches, plant first lettuce and root crop rotation and transplants are planted in the garden. 

May to June- Broccoli, cabbage, beets, carrots, greens, turnips, herbs and experiment with early bell peppers. June followed with peas, beans, squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, greens, herbs, possible chance of sweet corn, lavender, peonies, cherries and apricots.

July to October- Tomatoes, sweet corn, cucumbers, melons, tomatillos, eggplant, hot peppers, bell peppers, greens, herbs, garlic, winter squash, pumpkins, carrots, beets, all flowers, a good chance of plums, apples, nectarines, and peaches.

October to November- We try to save our crops using row covers and season extension growing methods but seasons are variable. You can expect gourmet salad greens, kale, swiss chard, arugula, herbs, winter squash, leeks, tomatoes, turnips, beets, carrots, radishes, pears and apples.

November to December- Finish Fall Share and start ordering seeds. We are discovering that we have the chance to keep the fall garden going through mid December and will have more information regarding the late harvest as the 2017 season progresses.

December to January- We will enjoy the holidays over winter garden, rest and start seeds in the greenhouse for the 2017 growing season. Prune apple and pear orchards.

February- Order seeds and start sowing seeds in the green house. Begin spring soil amendments in garden beds and prune plum, cherrie and peach orchards.

March- Prepare the garden beds and orchard with compost and start planting cool spring crops. The bounty is coming!

**Members also share the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. This is an important point: Quantities and items in baskets of goods cannot be guaranteed. The shareholder, like the farmer, is accepting some of the risks inherent in farming. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing. If members do not follow the guidelines and rules;  we reserve the right to refuse service.

 

Please call us if you have any questions: 970-216-2642

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Photos by Audrey Carlson and Farm Crew