Community Agriculture Alliance: Being a Yampavore

Connect to your food, shop for unique, high-quality products, and support your community through farming. These are the pillars on which the CAA market is based. We value each of these statements and operate the market accordingly.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, let me introduce you to the CAA market. The CAA Market at 743 Oak St. is a program of the Community Agriculture Alliance, a local non-profit organization that champions agriculture in the Yampa Valley. We’ve been around since 1999, making this our 23rd year of leading the community, growing agriculture and building alliances. We believe that agriculture is essential to the fabric of our community. The CAA Market is just one of CAA’s programs.

Back to talking about food. The CAA Market is in its eighth year of connecting people to local food and we’re just getting started. Our program has grown significantly over the years thanks to Hungry Yampavores (a Yampavore is someone who eats food from the Yampa Valley, to be clear).

Today, we market the products of more than 50 local producers, putting local agriculture in the spotlight. We love to be where you connect with your food. We can give you all the information you need about how your food was grown or raised and we’ll even connect you with the farmer or rancher if you want to delve into our local food system.

The CAA Market is the place to go if you’re looking for that je-ne-sais-quoi for your next dinner or family meal. We have unique products that add a touch of sparkle to any kitchen table. When you buy local food, you support this community, our place we all call home, know and love.

Family farms and new farming operations are counting on you to help conserve our working landscapes and ensure that future generations can experience the joy of living, working and playing in the Yampa Valley. If that doesn’t give you all the thrills, I don’t know what will!

We encourage everyone to shop at the CAA Market before the grocery store – know the story behind your food, wow your guests (and yourself) with produce you won’t find anywhere else, and keep agriculture vibrant in the city. Yampa Valley. You don’t need to be a member to shop at the CAA Market, but when you become a member, you save 10% or more on all products.

CAA Market offers a wide selection of beef, pork, lamb, goat, honey, cheese, eggs, vegetables, jams, spices and seasonings, and other produce locally grown or manufactured non-food items. Currently we are open Monday-Friday 10am-5.30pm, but we will have extended winter hours from October 1st and will be open Saturday 10am-2pm.

Community Agriculture Alliance / Courtesy Photo

Drop by, say hello to our CAA market staff, Katie Stanhope and Lucas Morter. And let us guide you on your local cuisine journey. It’s a rewarding, eye-opening and fun adventure that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

Meredith Rose is program coordinator at Community Agriculture Alliance.

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