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Most years Ela CSA fruit shares are available to purchase in the spring from March through mid June. However, in 2021 we are unable to offer CSAs due to an extreme freeze event.

It is with a heavy heart that we are sharing this news. The freeze last October inflicted serious damage to our trees, when we had the coldest night we have ever seen at that time of year. The temperature bottomed out at three degrees.  Before that, our October temperatures had been unseasonably warm. Our trees had no chance to get used to the cold or to harden off…Read the full story here.
So, we have lost a lot of trees, and we have lost most of our fruit. That’s the hard news.

We are inviting you to ride out the storm with us in three ways:
1) Consider participating in the farm in new ways – we are offering a bunch of virtual learning and on-farm experiences this year, looking for the bright side of having more time when there’s little fruit to harvest.
Custom Individualized Tours/Experiences
Lunch with a Farmer Live Question & Answer
Adopt a Tree (or Three!)

2) Join us when you can by adding your words of encouragement on our community comment collage  and at farmers markets this year. We will still be bringing whatever fruit makes it to bloom and then through spring frosts.

3) Hold your breath with us, ready to jump into CSAs again next year. Because of our deep uncertainty about the crop, we are not confident that we can fulfill CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and so are not going to be offering fruit shares this year.

We want to honor your part in our farm.
We hope you will understand. Sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we cry. We hope you will stay with us for a better year. 

Watch videos of looking for live wood in the cherries: view Medium sized branch – a hint of green ; view Cutting a large branch, brown   A live cambium layer is green, but this one is brown. This is what a dead limb looks like. This cambium layer has both green and brown, so time will tell if this limb survives.

Other years:
You’ll be able tell if a share is open if you are able to add a share to your cart on our website.
If it works, that will mean the share is available.

Protecting our workers, your family’s health, and all our safety is extremely important to us at Ela Family Farms. All Ela workers from our pickers, packers and processors, to our farmers market staff are food safety trained and required to uphold our food safety plan.
As you may have noticed, we package our fruit at the farmers market into paper totes. This turns out to be the suggested way to provide produce at farm stands and farmers markets in regards to the COVID -19 crisis. We have some additional procedures in mind to further reduce risk at our farmers market booth and we will uphold all food safety regulations and guidelines set by the health department. You will be key players in creating a healthy culture around customer behavior at the farmers market as well. 

WHO & WHY?

Our CSA members are our VIPs and prized customers. They are folks in the community who understand the many benefits of eating locally grown food and who are willing to dedicate a portion of their food dollars to support local agriculture. Not only does a CSA put you in touch with your farmer, it puts you in the farm-to-table driver’s seat of experiencing Colorado fruit season in real time. Our direct relationship allows us to ripen fruit on the tree and pick it at its peak of flavor. In turn you experience the amazing flavors of Ela’s world class fruit. We hope that our commitment to peak flavor helps you create local food traditions that you and your loved ones look forward to every year.

WHAT?

In exchange for your upfront commitment, our CSA members receive top priority to Ela’s fruit harvest. Members who pick up their CSA share directly from us at one of the farmers markets below sign up on our website between March 1-June 15 each year.

Alternatively, if you are interested in picking up an Ela Family Farms’ CSA fruit share from one of our like-minded vegetable farms, please see their websites on this page for more details. They often start CSA sign ups in the winter much earlier than we do.

If you are worried about missing a week, please click here for details on how you receive ALL your fruit.

WHERE?

With over 25 pick up sites along the Front Range and a few on the Western Slope, hopefully one works well for you! Click on each site below for complete details. CSA shares are available from Ela Family Farms in Hotchkiss, our eight Front Range Farmer’s Market locations below, and from our partner veggie farms. Prices vary based on date ranges and varying contents.

If you need help figuring out the best share for you, or you prefer to pay by check, e-mail JENI@ELAFAMILYFARMS.COM. Let her know where you live so that she can recommend the best Ela fruit CSA for you. We hope that you will join us!