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Local butcher donates to Farm to Community program | News

The Mountain Village Farm to Community program recently received a welcome food donation from Tomboy Butcher.

Ilium Butcher Shop owned and operated by Sadie Farrington donated 22 Tomboy Butcher CSA (community supported agriculture) boxes, which included 110 total food items that were distributed to the 74 program participants in the city. People received bunches of asparagus; whole chickens; a pound of ground pork, beef, or chorizo; bone broth; or a pork loin in their recent packaging.

“The Town of Mountain Village cannot express the extent of our gratitude to Sadie and Tomboy Butcher. Sadie donated 22 of her own weekly CSA shares, each comprising five articles; all local, fresh and delicious,” said Zoe Dohnal, senior manager of business development and sustainability for the Town of Mountain Village. “This addition came as a big surprise to our 74 attendees who all enjoyed the real treat of Tomboy Butcher’s high quality meat and produce.”

The city is partnering with the Fresh Food HUB in Norwood and its local farmers’ cooperative, as the Farm to Community program offers qualified Mountain Village residents 12 weeks of local farm and food products for just a $35 application fee, according to the city’s website. Qualifications include living in deed-restricted housing in the town, with one parent and at least one dependent, or meeting annual household income criteria, as listed online at townofmountainvillage.com/farm-to-community. The program was expanded this year and there are currently 11 applicants on the waiting list.

“We continue to accept waitlisted applications,” Dohnal said. “We, and all Farm to Community participants, are grateful for the additions of Tomboy Butcher this week and again want to express our thanks for the generosity.”

To learn more about Tomboy Butcher and its offerings, including recipes, visit tomboybutcher.com. Farrington was not immediately available until press time Friday afternoon.

Marti Prohaska, a member of the Mountain Village City Council, said Farrington has been in touch with a volunteer who helps with the school lunch delivery program and has expressed interest in contributing to the town’s CSA program. While Tomboy Butcher’s donation may be unique, Prohaska explained that the city also received from Lone Cone Coffee, which was part of the recently launched Food Pantry delivery service.

“The Community Farm and Local Food Pantry have the infrastructure in place to connect these types of donations to families in need,” she added. “…It is comforting to know that there are people in this community who understand the need to support local small businesses, while supporting individuals in these difficult times.

The city has also partnered with the Telluride School District to provide lunches for students. The city’s transportation department collects 30 lunches a day, which volunteers help distribute to the Village Court Apartments (VCA) complex and the Meadows, Prohaska said.

“Our drivers also pick up pantry boxes each week, which we distribute to families in VCA and the Meadows. We deliver around 15 boxes a week,” Prohaska said in a previous interview with the Daily Planet.

To sign up for school lunch or pantry deliveries, email [email protected] or text 970-708-0531. School meals are delivered to the VCA parking lot outside the maintenance shed Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and to the Meadows parking lot outside the post office from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Pantry deliveries are made to VCA on Thursdays from 3-3:30 p.m. and Meadows from 3:45-4:15 p.m. at the same pick-up locations as school lunches.

For more information on the city’s response to COVID-19, or to submit questions or concerns, visit townofmountainvillage.com/coronavirus.

As of press time Friday afternoon, San Miguel County had 17 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. For more information, visit sanmiguelcountyco.gov/Coronavirus.