Where would you be without agriculture…naked and hungry!
This week in the Boat we are celebrating Agriculture Appreciation Week. It’s an opportunity to honor the ranchers and farmers of our community that help keep us clothed and fed. This week-long celebration of agriculture is promoted by the Community Agriculture Alliance, a local non-profit that both reminds us of area’s rich agricultural history and supports its future in the Yampa Valley.
Buy local food all year, online
Did you know that we have a farmer’s market year around in Steamboat? If you are searching for local eggs, honey, meat, vegetables or anything else produced in the Yampa Valley, then you need to check out the Community Agriculture Alliance Market. This online, virtual marketplace “opens” every Monday with a roster of products available for the week. Microgreens, sourdough bread, mushrooms, sausage, herbs…you never know exactly what will be available, but it will be from the region. The ordering closes on Thursday and food pick-up is on Friday at the Community Agriculture Alliance’s office on 9th & Oak Street in the heart of Steamboat. Check it out, and if you find products that you like, you can include your $25 annual membership with your first order. Buy local!
Looking for locally sourced wool?
Did you know that Northwest Colorado, at one time, was one of the biggest producers of wool in the country? Our climate and alpine forage is perfect for grazing sheep in the summer. So if you want to buy some of our locally sourced high mountain wool, stop by Sew Steamboat on Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat and buy several skeins for your next project. For a real education about wool, take a trip to Yampa Valley Fiberworks in Craig where our local wool is processed and spun into yarn. Lorrae and Lewis Moon, would love to show you around the mill and sell you some yarn or one of the fun items that local women have made with it.
The view we see when driving into Steamboat from Rabbit Ears Pass always takes my breath away. Those agricultural landscapes of the valley floor are the ranches that reflect our history and continue to feed and nurture us. Support agriculture all year by ordering locally sourced foods in our restaurants and buying local products whenever possible. K Massey
photos courtesy of Community Agriculture Alliance