Local Food Resources in the Yampa Valley

Our Commitment to Local Food

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Understanding the Source

At CAA, we’re dedicated to connecting our community with the origins of their food, celebrating the story behind each item. Since our pivotal role in founding the NW Colorado Food Coalition in 2012, we’ve embraced Local Food as a crucial program area, responding to community needs identified through extensive assessments.

 

Yampa Valley Foods (the CAA Market)

A Hub for Local Produce, Direct From Farm to Table

Launched in 2014, Yampa Valley Foods (formerly: the CAA Market) now hosts a retail store that offers a rich variety of local products, including meat, eggs, seasonal produce, cheese, honey, and a diverse array of value-added products from over 60 local producers. Our commitment goes beyond retail; we’re actively building systems and processes for a resilient local food system, collaborating with partners to enhance production, processing, storage, distribution, and sales.

A brown chicken with fluffy feathers struts in front of a wire fence under a clear blue sky, its tail feathers prominently displayed in mid-motion.
A colorful display of fresh produce includes tomatoes, figs, green leafy vegetables, a bright yellow squash, garlic bulbs, radishes, turnips, cauliflower, and a package of arugula. The assortment is arranged in a market setting.

Strengthening Community Ties

Linking Producers to Consumers

We facilitate connections that bring local food directly from farms to your table. In partnership with local organizations like Lift Up, Routt County Council on Aging, and the Routt County WIC Program, we’ve coordinated over $25,000 in direct payments to local producers. These efforts ensure that fresh, healthy food reaches those in need, enriching our community’s health and vitality.

Highlighting Local at Major Events

Promoting Local Ingredients

Our initiative extends to local restaurants, businesses, and caterers, encouraging them to source locally. Notable events such as the NW CO Rural Philanthropy Days, Steamboat Food & Wine Festival, and Chamber Women’s Summit in 2022 have featured locally-sourced food, showcasing the quality and diversity of produce available in our region.

 

Plates of gourmet food featuring slices of roast meat, garnishes, and edible flowers, arranged on a table for serving.
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Research and Development

Northwest Colorado Feasibility Study

In summer 2023, we led a feasibility study funded by a Just Transition Fund grant to explore value-added agriculture and meat production in the Yampa Valley. This study, a collaboration with Northwest Colorado Development Council, Colorado State University, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, provides insights into the opportunities and challenges of local meat production, reinforcing our commitment to supporting local ranchers. 

Feasibility Study

Infrastructure for Growth

Supporting Local Meat Production

In 2021, as part of the Leadership Steamboat community impact project, we developed essential infrastructure to support our local food system. This included cooperative freezer storage and a mobile freezer trailer, critical for professional, secure meat storage and transport. These resources are vital for local producers, facilitating efficient and professional delivery of products.

Contact our store manager to learn more about freezer space and trailer use.

 

Testimonials

“Today I delivered over 2,000 lbs of beef using the refrigerated trailer purchased by the Ag Alliance… Not only did it make it easier and safer, but it also looked very professional.”

Yancey Rushton
Steamboat Cattle Co. at D2 Ranch

“We literally couldn’t have gotten our meat back from the processor without the freezer trailer!”

Lanya Jansen
The Home Ranch