Strengthening our community through .
Nurturing a healthy community and viable agricultural economy through multi-faceted local food networks.
We believe our farmers, land and food ecosystems are worth protecting.
We value diversity and food equity for all.
We care for the community and landscape.
Friendships, families, volunteers and customers are the core of our community.
We believe quality food is a right not a privilege, that a viable food economy is synchronous with the health of a community.
We aim to build models that work to inspire and empower.
Our passion, mutual respect and appreciation for hard work moves us forward.
We value mutual aid and volunteerism.
What the FRESH Foundation does
In 2023, Norwood Market will happen Thursdays weekly 3-7pm on Grand ave next to High County Bicycles in Norwood. The market starts June 15th and ends when we get a hard freeze, likely late October.
Market on the Plaza in Mountain Village. 2023 market runs weekly Wednesdays June 14th-September 13th 11am-4pm.
Our booths are a pickup spot for Farm to Community shares (MV only) and Fresh Food Hub CSAs. We also sell lots of baked goods, produce, meat, dairy, jams, honey and much more, highlighting our regional producers.
EBT, Double Up, WIC and FoodRX always accepted!
Click here to learn more about food security in the region!
History of the FRESH Food Hub
From the day of its inception, the Hub was never just a grocery store. The board members saw a need to make quality food more accessible and tangible for community members along with financially supporting those growing food.
This relationship is, in essence, community at its best; resources being shared, people supporting one another, and all parties having greater health as a result. The Hub started off with a volunteer manager and a small board and grew to a team of 25 people including volunteer members, three paid staff, two drivers and a seven-person board consisting of all local women.
A small group of local residents founded The FRESH Food Hub (“The Hub”) with a mission of supporting local farmers and addressing food equity barriers. The Hub was founded as a cooperative grocery store with a fiscal sponsor through local nonprofit SWIRL (Southwest Institute for Resilience).
“The Hub” opened its retail doors on main in Norwood, Colorado.
In November 2020, “The Hub” was awarded its own 501(c)(3) status and FRESH Foundation was formed.
“The Hub’s” retail doors closed to allow the FRESH Foundation to further develop its non profit activities, while focusing on growing future retail partnership opportunities.
We absorbed the Norwood Food Pantry In September 2023 further expanding our food security work and partnerships. We also continue our other food access programing.
Future of the FRESH Foundation
Fresh Foundation will continue to operate as a 501-c3. We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate and support the betterment of the regional food system, including the absorption of the Norwood Food pantry fall 2023.
The Fresh Foundation will continue to run a wholesale program for local food access including offering subsidies to our local food banks and other non-profit organizations.
We will offer on-going support for the annual Mountain Village Farm to Community program, MV Market on the Plaza and community CSA shares. Local farmer Sam Andrews, of Birdhouse Farm runs all of these programs though our foundation.
As a 501(c)3, we gladly accept donations, which go directly to our programs. In the years to come we are: