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5 Aspen Farms And Ranches Battle It Out For The Best Of Fresh In The Valley

By Hayden Gamble | October 14, 2020 | Food & Drink Lifestyle

Here’s how to get the freshest food in the valley now that it matters the most.

At ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch, the animals are pasture-raised, and the lamb and beef are 100% grass-fed.


Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ Rock Bottom Ranch kicks off its first community- supported agriculture program, in addition to its ongoing sale of eggs, pork, lamb and chicken. Expect a mix of seasonal produce including summer squash, radishes, cucumbers and tomatoes. ACES’ goods will also be at Aspen and Carbondale farmers markets and Skip’s Farm to Market and available through farm pickup.


Erin Cuseo’s Carbondale farm (970.615.0250) is home to organically grown veggies, pigs and chickens. It offers a 17-week summer CSA of assorted veggies and partners with other farmers and ranchers to provide add-ons of meat and raw milk shares, as well as eggs and fruit from Ela Family Farms in Hotchkiss. The farm’s products are at Basalt and Carbondale farmers markets and Mana Foods and available through farm pickup.


The base CSA box includes seasonal fruits and vegetables with the option of a la carte add-ons such as cheese, bread, juices and more. Farm Runners has two CSA options: a 20-week weekly summer share ($850) and a flex summer share ($50 per week).

CECRBRAg82.jpgSeasonal produce at its finest


Happy Belly offerings include a 16-week summer produce share ($47 to $65 per week); a 16-week Zephyros Farm fresh flower share ($384); an herbal apothecary share ($240) with culinary and medicinal products sourced from its herb garden and formulated by certified clinical herbalists; and farm- fresh weekly egg shares ($112).


Sustainable Settings' 16-week summer CSA share ($800) feeds an omnivorous family of four or a family of two vegetarians, with five to nine items per week. Add an Ela Family Farms fruit share; no-soy, no-canola Beyond Organic eggs; or 100% grass-fed organic beef and lamb to your pickup order.

CECRBRAg38.jpgAll the veggies are grown using organic methods that mimic nature and protect water, land and climate resources.

Photography by: Chris Cohen