It's simple — without farmers, our entire nation's economy would crumble. They are the people that are responsible for feeding us every day, and it's important to support them — especially small, local farmers who depend on selling their crop to feed their families.
In Colorado each year, the agriculture industry contributes more than 173,000 jobs and $40 billion to the state’s economy.
Shopping locally has become more popular in recent years, and we're so grateful for that. To help that trend continue and become a permanent priority in the American diet, we're sharing 5 ways to support Colorado farmers this fall.
1. Shop Locally — Even at the Grocery Store
Photo courtesy of Colorado Proud
Although many people think that farmers markets are the only place you can find produce, there's usually local options in your everyday grocery store. You just have to know where to look.
In Colorado, look for the small yellow and purple "Colorado Proud" sticker — this signifies that something was grown or produced in this state.
2. Order a Native Box from Grower's Organic
If you're looking for an easier way to get your hands on local produce, consider ordering our Grower's Organic Native Box. For $25, you can get a box of organic, local produce from us each week. Featuring some of our favorite local farms, each box contains different items every week. Click here to see what we're offering this week, and be sure to check back every new week as it's updated!
3. Dine at Restaurants that Support Local Farms
Photo courtesy of River and Woods
Another way to support local farmers is to visit the restaurants that work closely with them. Many Denver restaurants go through us to order local produce from farmers, while others work with the farmers more directly.
A great way to support all the growing regions of Colorado this fall is to attend one of the Harvest Week dinners at GrowHaus in October. For five nights, more than 30 Denver chefs will collaborate to create a six-course pop-up dinner inside the urban farm facility. Each night will feature a different farming region of Colorado — from the western slope to urban farms. Click here for more information.
Photo courtesy of Isabelle Farm
If you're interested in getting a little more hands-on while giving back, many farms in the state offer volunteer days, where anyone can come to the farm, roll up their sleeves and help out. Not only does this help the farmer, it also gives you a unique opportunity to learn more about their processes and how our food is grown. There are plenty of farms in the state that offer these opportunities, including Cure Organic Farm, Isabelle Farm and Colorado Farm to Table.