Jun 27, 2019
As the peak of the summer harvest nears, Denver Human Services (DHS) and Denver Botanic Gardens have resumed their weekly farm stand on Fridays, bringing nutritious, locally grown produce to Denver neighborhoods that lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Produce grown at Denver Botanic Gardens’ Chatfield Farms, in partnership with the Veterans to Farmers program, is available for purchase every Friday through October at DHS offices in Sun Valley and Montbello (schedule below). New to this year’s Farm Stand is a partnership with SAME Café, which will bring its donation-based, fair exchange food truck to each location twice a month starting in July.
“Many of us take fresh fruits and vegetables for granted, but for some in our city, they can be difficult to access and afford. That’s why improving access to fresh foods is key to supporting well-being and equity for all Denver residents,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “These partnerships help ensure that DHS customers and neighbors in Sun Valley and Montbello are able to enjoy healthy foods at affordable prices.”
The farm stands are open to all members of the Denver community. Customers who use their SNAP food assistance program benefits card (EBT card) qualify for additional discounts, including a Double Up Food Bucks Colorado incentive. Double Bucks allow SNAP benefits recipients to receive twice as much food for the same price (or double the money to spend on fruits and vegetables). Double Bucks are made possible by a collaboration led by LiveWell Colorado with funding support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“We are thrilled to continue partnering with Denver Botanic Gardens to invite residents of Sun Valley and Montbello – and anyone in need – to our offices to shop for affordable, nourishing, fresh food,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares. “We also embrace our new partners who have joined with us to improve access to healthy foods for all Denver residents as we reach together for a vision of a community where each person is connected, supported, safe, and well.”
DHS and the Denver Botanic Gardens have distributed thousands of pounds of fresh produce since launching the Farm Stand program. In 2018 alone, the farm stand garden provided 12,500 pounds of food for the Denver community. In addition to produce grown at Chatfield, the farm stands feature organic fruit from the Western Slope, free-range eggs, and other seasonal offerings.
“Providing access to fresh vegetables and fruit is central not only to the Gardens’ overall mission, but is a building block for our Urban Food Initiatives program. We are thrilled to celebrate five years of the farm stand partnership with Denver Human Services.”
The DHS/Denver Botanic Gardens Farm Stands will operate every Friday through October (weather dependent) at the following times and locations:
The SAME Café Food Truck, operating with a pay what you can model, will visit the Richard T. Castro Human Services Center (1200 Federal Blvd.) the second and fourth Fridays of every month from 9:30 a.m. to noon and at the Arie P. Taylor Municipal Office Building (4685 Peoria St.) the first and third Friday of every month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. beginning Friday, July 12.