Farm Runners is a regional food distributor specializing in custom-harvested farm products. We serve the Roaring Fork, Gunnison, and Grand Valleys of Colorado with local food year-round.

We are based in Hotchkiss, CO, where we have been building lasting relationships with farmers since 2012. We help new and established family farms find a market for their product while making it easier for consumers to access the amazing food grown here in Western Colorado.

Our Values

Our Team

Our entire team has devoted our lives to farming and food. We have all spent extensive time working on farms, learning the business from the ground up. Our collective experiences give us a distinct understanding of our local growing conditions, unique varietals, and the strengths of each of our producers.

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Emma and Matthew Kottenstette

Founders

Emma and Matt came to the North Fork Valley in 2012 to work on small farms. They quickly fell in love with the valley and it’s rich agricultural traditions. They founded Farm Runners in 2015 to help bridge the gap between farmers on the Western Slope and their customers in the mountains.

Emma is the chief business guru. She keeps the ship running straight. Matt is the chief operations master. He keeps the trucks on the road and orders coming in.

Katie Darlington

Katie joined Farm Runners in the Winter of 2017. After farming for years in Pennsylvania and Washington, she returned home to Colorado to settle in the North Fork Valley. When she’s not visiting with farmers, packing produce, or delivering orders, she can probably be found in her kitchen, cooking up the season’s bounty.

Katie Darlington

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Annie
Pack House Team Member

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Dana
Retail Associate

David
Driver

 

Derek
Pack House Team Member
Chef

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Elisa
Bookkeeper

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Emma
Co-founder

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Hannah
Baker

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

James
Kitchen Manager / Chef

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Jesse
Pack House Team Member
Retail Associate

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Julia
Employee Supported Agriculture Manager
Driver

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

JV
Driver

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Katie
Station Manager
Pack House Team Member

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Lara
Retail Associate

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Maddie
CSA Manager
Retail Associate

Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette

Matt
Co-founder

 

Hector
Retail Assistant Manager