WHAT DO WE DO?Our Mission
We connect you
to the farmers
Skip’s Farm to Market is committed to bringing you healthy, biodiverse fruits and veggies, directly from farm to your table. We feature farmers and producers from the Roaring Fork Valley, the Western Slope, and Eastern Utah with a focus on sustainable agriculture. We look forward to providing you with fresh, healthy produce every season of the year.
Skip Doty had a vision to grow his farm in a different way in 2011. It started when he saw a need for growing vegetables year round at his farm in Palisade, Early Morning Orchard. Skip felt there was a need not being met in Western Colorado to provide high quality produce year round. In 2012 they took out a block of old peach trees at the farm with the intention of replacing the space with four greenhouses.
Skip wanted to differentiate himself from other farms. His vision really began to take shape in 2013 when the greenhouses were completed. He found mixed results, as he tried to find the right help and the best markets to move the product to. He found those first years to be a tough learning process.
One of his favorite farmer’s markets was the Basalt Farmers Market. It was a very successful and fun market. While working in Basalt he saw that the people there had a desire for year round, locally grown produce. “People really wanted local food in that community,” said Skip. In 2016 his team said, “Let's do a CSA.” This didn’t feel complete to him though and later that year he had an opportunity to purchase a permanent space in old town Basalt. He felt this space could complete his vision of providing produce all year long to a community he cared deeply for. In November of 2017 he finally opened his first Skip’s Farm to Market in The Riverwalk at The Frying Pan.
This first store was the culmination of his dream. As part of his dream he knew he had to include the local farmers. In the first month of opening in Basalt, he hosted the annual Roaring Fork Farmers and Ranchers meeting in the small store. The space was filled with farmers with similar visions who were eager to establish food security in the valley. That meeting set the tone for the store’s niche. Relationships were formed and networking established for providing local food to the community. To be able to support our local farmers and ranchers seemed to be the best way to drive our food system forward. The Basalt Skip’s Farm to Market set the company up for expansion.
Why Buy Local?
The Skip’s team has always worked toward a vision of having a place in which they could process food in order to reduce food waste and invest into seasonal eating. First, a little back story. Farms often have what is called “seconds,” produce which is considered second quality, but is still perfectly good for consumption. Seconds produce is slightly damaged, blemished or already ripe. Seconds produce is perfect for canning, drying and baking. The Skip’s team has worked toward finding a place where they could purchase or build a commercial kitchen to fulfill this goal. Skip, seeing that the old Roan Creek Ranch Grocery space was already too small for the business and community needs, decided to purchase a 6000 square foot space down the street that once housed Brumbaugh’s Groceries and Meats in the 1930’s.
Coming in spring of 2021, the new Fruita location, located at 211 E. Aspen Ave, will house a commercial kitchen and partner with Bake Sale Bread Company to provide fresh bread, baked goods, prepared foods, canned food, dried fruits, mushrooms and veggies to all of our stores in order to provide more food security to the Western Slope.