Berry Patch Farms Winter Market is open on this Saturday, from 10 am until 12 pm., from December through May we are open 10am - 2pm. Do check with us by calling 303 659-5050 in case of inclement weather. We offer our certified organic produce to those seeking seasonal high quality, locally grown, flavorful and nutritious food. Our market is filled with simple, delicious and healthful recipes. We cook with what we grow so we are able to offer tips on preparation, use and storage. For those interested, we also offer Heartsong Farms’ superb grass-fed and grass-finished beef that is totally free from all chemicals or hormones, Sweet Pickle Farm delicious farm-fresh eggs from pastured chickens fed a certified organic, corn and soy-free diet, whole chickens that were pastured on untreated grass and also fed the same organic corn and soy-free diet, local honey and more. We are a pick-up site for the awesome raw milk produced at R Patch O’ Heaven dairy.
Our fresh greens are raised in our hoophouse, also known as a high tunnel. It is unheated except for our high altitude sunshine. The crops are grown in the soil and covered at night for freeze protection and uncovered each morning for sunlight exposure. It is a labor of love that produces greens of exceptional quality. Typically available are frost-sweetened kale, mustard greens, chard, bok choy, spinach, arugula and BPF Blend – a proprietary blend of delicious and nutritious greens for salads and braising.
Additionally: Great Harvest Bread Company freshly ground certified organic whole wheat flour, kept frozen to preserve nutrients and prevent the formation of oxidants; Ela Organic Orchards dried fruit and applesauce; Tumbleweed locally crafted and handmade soaps and soy candles; Caramel Apple Farm handmade goat’s milk soap, laundry and shaving soaps; dried flowers and more!
December 2nd, 2016
Ah, the season of crisp air, chilled fingers and toes, short days and long dark nights and a monochromatic landscape. ‘Tis also the season when the hoophouse becomes an oasis of life. Verdant greens mix with the blue tones of lacinato kale and the purple cast of mustard greens. The fragrance of rich earth fills the nostrils. Daddy long-legs clamber about and tiny winged beneficials flit amongst the greenery. It is a privilege to work in here. To be honest though, it is work. The hoophouse is heated only by passive solar. To keep the plants from being damaged by the cold at night, I cover eleven 72-foot rows with layers of row cover every late afternoon and uncover them every morning. Constant vigilance is required for temperature and moisture control, critter monitoring and weeds. The rewards are tender and succulent greens with flavors and freshness unmatched. Production quantities are dependent on sunlight and temperatures. Growth slows when it is both cold and cloudy, especially during this period of shorter days. By early February, the days are longer, the sun much higher in the sky and growth becomes more rampant.
Production of greens for this week is plentiful and includes kale, chard, mild and beautiful mustard greens, arugula, bok choy and BPF special blend as well as radishes. Mustard greens and BPF special blend are especially plentiful right now. The mustard greens are delicious with our heirloom soup bean mix. The kale is classic with our cannellini beans. The heirloom Italian chard thrives in the cold and its thicker leaves are sweet and tender, the stems succulent. It is wonderful in soups as well as for saute. Or, pair it with the wonderful Yukon Gold potatoes from Strohauer’s. All of the greens are good with eggs as in scrambled, omelets or frittatas. We are well-supplied with our other winter vegetables, apples and dried beans, fresh eggs from Sweet Pickle Farms and delicious grass-fed beef from Heartsong Farm.
Many thanks to you who are so supportive and appreciative of these winter efforts! It warms my heart, if not my fingers and toes!
A BOUQUET OF FRESHNESS & HEALTH AWAITS YOU!