Building a healthy food system takes more than just growing produce - it also means creating the infrastructure for food processing and distribution. The GrowHaus works to provide fresh and healthy food at a low price to local residents and the greater Denver community. We do this through our three food distribution programs: food boxes, the GrowHaus Market and Cosechando Salud, a no-cost food pantry and cooking class.
Access to fresh, healthy food is limited in our community and other similar ‘food deserts’. The GrowHaus offers a weekly food box program similar to a CSA, but it includes ingredients as organic and locally sourced as possible from a number of different farms that we hold partnerships with. This program is open to everyone and provides fresh fruits, vegetables, and dry goods at affordable prices to local residents and the Greater Denver community. To learn more about the program or to order your box, click here.
Mercado De al Lado: THE GROWHAUS MARKET
The GrowHaus' Neighborhood Market, Mercado de al Lado, offers fresh produce year round as well as meat and dairy products. The Market is open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-1pm, welcomes all shoppers, accepts cash, credit/debit cards, and participates in the SNAP program. Most items are organically grown and/or local. We use an innovative tiered pricing system that makes our food accessible to all.
Mercado de al Lado employs an innovative model of food distribution that supports local farmers, keeps costs down, and ensures that everyone has access to healthy, affordable, fresh produce. To learn more about Mercado de al Lado, click here.
Cosechando Salud: Free Food Pantry and Cooking Classes
At the request of our community, The GrowHaus established Cosechando Salud, a weekly free food pantry and cooking class program. Volunteer nutritionists lead a bilingual cooking class, teaching attendees about the importance of healthy eating and methods to prepare foods. After the class, students are invited to fill a box with produce to take home. This produce is collected from the unsold farmers market items and would otherwise go to waste.
Double Up Colorado!
The GrowHaus is part of Double Up Food Bucks Colorado. When recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shop at participating farmers markets, they can now buy local fruits and vegetables using your SNAP benefits and receive a 1:1 match for any fruits and vegetables (up to $20 per visit).
"How does Double Up Colorado work in the Market?"
1. Use your Quest card to make your purchase in the market. Most of the Items in our store are SNAP eligible.
2. We’ll match what you spend dollar per dollar with Double Up Food Bucks. For example, if you spend $4 on your Quest card we will match those $4 with Double Up Food Bucks
3. Use them right away or save them for later to buy fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Colorado.