Yampavore Eat Local Challenge, August 18 - September 15, 2017
Area residents are challenged to dedicate most or part of their diet to eating local for four weeks,
August 18 through September 15th.    A Yampavore is just that, someone who eats food from the Yampa Valley.  It’s easy to join this effort, track your results, share ideas and recipes and win prizes!
  Step 1 – Join our Facebook group at Yampavore Eat Local Challenge
  Step 2 – Set a goal.  Decide how much of the food you eat will be local food.  You can choose a percentage, dollar amount of your weekly food
                 budget or another goal you come up with.  Share your goal and we encourage you to track with weekly posts about how it’s going.
  Step 3 – Share a recipe, post photos, give suggestions and new ideas on how to find and eat food from the Yampa Valley.  For four weeks,
                we will draw a name of someone who has posted online and you will automatically be entered for weekly prize drawings.
  Step 4 – Celebrate local food!  Join us for Plate & Pint at Butcherknife Brewery, September 21st from 5-7pm for local food appetizers,
                 local beer from Butcherknife and fun! 
Eating local food is simply a good thing.  This time of year, the area harvest is abundant and there is a wide variety of diverse local products to try and enjoy.  By eating more local food you help build a stronger economy, reduce environmental impact and build meaningful connections to our community.
There are many ways to eat local.

  • You can grow your own food.  Whether you have a backyard garden or grow herbs in a sunny window, it can be very rewarding and a simple way to eat fresh.  There are also an abundance of wild berries and secret stashes of mushrooms along the trails and in the surrounding woods. Please be sure you know what you are picking and the etiquette before you go!
  • Buy or trade for local food with neighbors and friends.  Know someone who has backyard chickens or raises animals? More often than not, they are willing to sell, trade and share their local meat and eggs.
  • Support the 4-H Junior Livestock Auction, this Saturday August 19th at the Routt County Fair.  You can buy a whole animal or partner up with others and share the bounty.  Not only will you get great local meat, but supporting a 4-H or FFA participant is double good duty!
  • Shop online at www.caamarket.org  We offer year-round, weekly ordering of local food and products with local pick up, downtown Steamboat.
  • Seek out local products at grocery stores, other local shops and the farmers market.  Many Colorado products are branded under the Colorado Proud name/logo.
  • Several local restaurants buy and proudly serve local food.  Check on menus and if you’re not sure, ask!

Join us in the Yampavore Eat Local Challenge.  It’s easy, fun and a great way to make a difference in our community.  Sign up, share your ideas, photos and why local food makes a difference to you.  Post some pictures of what you eat and have fun!  #dontbuyfoodfromstrangers  #yampavore 

CAA provides leadership and direct programs to support local food producers as part of our mission to keep agriculture vibrant in the Yampa Valley.  We work with local ranchers, farmers and food producers providing direct support, educational programs and connections to help grow their businesses.  The CAA Market provides a convenient, online option for producers to connect with local customers and sell products.  CAA continues to provide leadership on regulatory issues related to agriculture and local food, connections for commercial/restaurant sales and coordination on storage/distribution issues.  To learn more, contact Michele Meyer at 970-879-4370 or email at michele@communityagalliance.org

Northwest Colorado Food Coalition
CAA partners with several other local/regional organizations  on the Northwest Colorado Food Coalition. The NW CO Food Coalition is a broad based, diverse group.  The mission is to facilitate communication, collaboration and integrate solutions among individuals and organizations to develop and sustain a resilient food system in NW Colorado.  The Coalitions vision is to be recognized as the leader in assuring the NW Colorado community has equitable access to a resilient food system.  Quarterly meetings are open to the public.  For more information contact us.
Partnering organizations include:
  CSU Routt County Extension                                        LiveWell
  Yampa Valley Sustainability Council                          Lift-Up
  Rout County Dept of Human Services                      School Wellness Teams
  Rocky Mountain Youth Corp                                        Colorado Mountain College
  Routt County Environmental Health Dept             Yampatika
  Visiting Nurse Association
Some highlights of the Coalition work include a regional Food Assessment report and Community Food Dialogue, see below.  Click here for a pdf version of the NW CO Food Assessment Report and Key Finding Summary Report, Local Food Dialogue.

Local Food Task Force
This working group focused on all things local food!  Activities and outcomes focus on support and resources for local food producers, education and resources for consumers and community members, leadership and resources on Routt County regulatory process for local food production.  To join this committee, contact Michele Meyer at 970-879-4370.

Other Resources

For more information on how to support Local Food programs, contact Michele Meyer at 970-879-4370 or michele@communityagalliance.org

Local Food & Products