Glenwood's Saturday Farmers' Market celebrates 35 years this summer. For founding vendor Peach Valley CSA Farm, the advantages of an alternative distribution method are affirmed this season by the pandemic crisis. KDNK caught up with farmer Ken Kuhns to learn more.
For 35 years, Ken and Gail Kuhns have made locally grown produce available through a Saturday summer market in Glenwood Springs and by selling CSA shares. Although the market is slated to begin in late June every Saturday at 14th and Grand in Glenwood Springs, Peach Valley CSA Farm may not be joining until later in July.
Nearly 35 years ago, Peach Valley CSA Farm was among the first in Colorado to implement the CSA model. “CSA” denotes “community supported agriculture' and refers to a subscription-based cost-sharing model for farms to spread their yields among members. This model also provides farmers with early season income, when costs are high and plants are far from producing. Risk is lessened by a guaranteed destination for produce and a deeper relationship is made possible with the buyer...
Ken hopes to see the recent boost in support for local agriculture continue far beyond this pandemic.