Isaac Foust Brings Nature’s Bounty to Your Doorstep
If you’ve ever wanted to get more involved with the valley’s farmers and food producers but haven’t known where to start, Isaac Foust wants to help.
“We have a lot of people around here who want to buy local and support growers, but they just don’t have the time,” he says. “Some families have the ability to take a trip to the grocery store for organic products, another trip for their CSA pick-up, another for their herd share pick-up, and so on—but most don’t. So what I offer is a service to make things much simpler and cut out those multiple trips.”
Foust, owner of Nature’s Garden Delivery, brings all the local goods a household could want right to their doorstep. This includes seasonal produce, eggs, meat, breads, cheeses, and other products produced nearby, plus a selection of organic fruits and vegetables from a high-quality supplier. “My customers don’t even have to think about where the food is sourced,” he adds. “I’ve done all the vetting for them beforehand.”
As a passionate supporter of the area’s food producers, Foust has been busy establishing partnerships with many who supply his customers’ weekly delivery boxes with goods. During the cold months his boxes have been filled with items from such local producers as Eagle Springs Organic in Silt, Mountain Primal Meat Co. in Emma, Rock Canyon Coffee and Avalanche Cheese Company in Basalt, and Sweet Coloradough and Sunshine & Moons organic bakery in Glenwood. Foust plans to source more produce from small local farms this summer and fall when the growing season peaks.
“I always strive to find the highest-quality, best-tasting version of an item that I can get,” he says. But that doesn’t mean one of his delivery boxes is more expensive than a basketful of equivalent store-bought goods. “My prices are typically at the same cost or lower than the grocery store,” he notes.
Nature’s Garden Delivery customers can choose from a variety of box preferences online, from fruits and veggies to mixed options of various sizes with numerous possible add-ons. Foust says that part of what sets his business concept apart is allowing customers to pay only as often as they need the service, as opposed to having them make a large financial commitment upfront. Weekly substitutions can also be ordered, and service can be paused or resumed according to customers’ schedules. Foust hopes to make it as easy as possible for consumers to connect with the people who grow, raise, and harvest the foods they eat.
“There are of course obvious health benefits to this, but the bigger purpose for me as a small business owner is helping build up the local economy. Buying products made here helps people keep their money closer and really participate in the local food process,” he says. “That’s how we, as consumers, can have a positive impact on the community. We vote with our dollars.”
On Thursdays, Foust can be found making doorstep deliveries to homes and drop-off points across the Roaring Fork Valley. To sign up and learn more, visit NaturesGardenDelivery.com.