As an official “critical business,” the Boulder County Farmers Markets (BCFM) continues its mission of connecting local farmers and their community by distributing 1,000 food access bags of fruit and vegetables, each worth approximately $20, this Saturday, April 4 (what was set to be the first market of the season) at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.
To meet the needs of the general public, BCFM will debut a robust virtual market with online ordering scheduled to be fully available to the public starting the week of April 19, with curbside pickup at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont on Saturdays starting April 25 (check www.bcfm.org to see if ordering is available the week prior.) Curbside service at the BCFM other locations (Boulder, Union Station, and Lafayette) will be available in the following weeks.
Brian Coppom, Executive Director of the BCFM says, “The issues we’re facing with the Coronavirus crisis highlight the importance of our food chain, and how fortunate we are to have a robust system of local food production. Our goal for the season is to continue to be the community’s largest access point to the local food system, and ensure the maximum amount of food is flowing between producers and the community in the safest way possible, which is why we created the list of our farmers’ individual offerings, and are launching a virtual market.”
They have also created a current list of the offerings of almost 30 of their member farms here. The “Find Your Farmer” list is constantly updated and only includes farms that are ready to sell produce right now, through farm stands, retail stores, and online ordering (both pickup and delivery options,) as well as those who still have CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares available.
The BCFM will continue to publish updates on the markets’ opening dates and other BCFM offerings on their website at www.bcfm.org.
Photos Courtesy of Ashton Ray Hansen