Sustainable Food

Buying food today is complicated. How far did your food travel to get to your table? What pesticides were used? Do I want that chicken free-range or not? People who eat locally produced food find it easier to get answers and often build lasting relationships with farmers they trust. And if in doubt, they can drive out to the farms and see for themselves. The first thing to know about Sustainable food? Know what you are eating.

Taste the difference

Most foods purchased from local farmers have been picked in less than 24 hours, unlike supermarket food that may have been picked weeks or months before. Local produce is fresher, healthier and more flavorful!

Meet your neighbors

Local eating is social. Studies show that people shopping at farmers markets have ten times as many conversations as their counterparts at the supermarket.

Get in touch with the seasons

When we eat locally, we eat what’s in season. Cherries are the taste of summer. Apples are the taste of fall. Even in winter, comfort foods like squash soup and pancakes just make sense—a lot more sense than flavorless cherries from shipped from the other side of the world.

Support small farms and your local economy

In areas with strong local markets, the family farm is reviving along with a stronger sense of community.

Sustainable Food Map

Take a look at our food production map.

What is Community Supported Agriculture?

CSA is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters that provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. Supporters cover a farm’s yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season’s harvest. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the costs, risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower. Members help pay for seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it.

Be Healthier & Grow Your Own

You’ll feel better than ever when you eat locally grown vegetables and fewer processed foods, sample a wider variety of foods and eat fresh food at its nutritional peak. Don’t have room for a garden at your home? Try supporting one of our local community gardens!

Community Gardens

Avon Community Garden

A project of Vail Valley Salvation Army in Avon; this community garden started in 2013. Plots are distributed to families in need and local residents.

Eagle Community Garden

The mission of the Eagle Community Gardens is to build community by increasing and enhancing comm

Eagle-Vail Community Garden

The Eagle-Vail Community Garden is an organic garden where we grow healthy food, create beauty, nurture relationships between young and old, create educational opportunities, connect people to the environment and their food source, and foster a more sustainable community.

Minturn Community Garden

A Project of the Minturn Community Fund which exists to connect people and to enrich and preserve Minturn’s authentic community. Through the organization’s work, Minturn will be a healthy, vibrant and authentic community that meets the challenge of change while preserving its rich history and small-town character. The community garden was established in 2012.

West Vail Community Garden

The mission of the West Vail Community Garden is to enhance the quality of life of Vail’s citizens and strengthen community bonds by creating and sustaining an organic garden that will foster environmental stewardship, education and a sense of community. The gardens are located in the Intermountain neighborhood of West Vail.

More Sustainable Food Resources

Growing, cooking, and food preservation

Your ultimate food shelf life guide

A guide to food production and sustainability

A guide to mindful eating

USDA food & nutrition

Pesticide Action Network

The 100-Mile Diet