Summer Squash Blossoms Are Here — With Recipe

The triple-digit heat that struck this week taxes the acres upon acres (more than 40 of them) that we cultivate for vegetables, and we irrigate like mad to keep them healthy and happy. At the same time, the heat also speeds-up the ripening of treasured plants like...

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Rain, Rain Come Again

The fires dotting the state, including the Lake Christine Fire that continues to threaten the great town of Basalt in the Roaring Fork Valley, make our hearts ache. This is one parched, sun-blasted summer, and the forecast calls for more of the same. The weather, of...

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Concrete Slab Plucks at Heart Strings

We fill bins with brilliant-yellow mustard flowers that perch beside bins showcasing purple-hued heads of lettuce, tangles of serrated mizuna leaves, piles of white-blossomed fava bean tops. We spend atmospheric days amongst pigs and piglets — recently, we watched 11...

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Happy Pigs, Artichokes in Cocktails

As you probably know by now, we are kind of pig-crazy here at Black Cat Farm. They take care of us in so many ways — and we take care of them, too.  June, which begins today (yay!), always marks the beginning of a parade of months during which our Mulefoots spend...

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Big Week on Black Cat Farm — Sheep Shearing

Another week at the farm, another parade of activity. Even during the heart of summer, when the weeks seem to blend into one another with their similarity — 87 degrees, sunny, if we are lucky several afternoon thunderstorms — they in fact are quite different. New...

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Farm-To-Table Burgers, Lamb, Salads Hit Market

We have considered it for years, and finally it is a lively reality at the Farmers’ Market: Just as we craft and serve food in our restaurants, now we are doing the same at the Market. Pork burgers from our heritage Mulefoot pigs. Lamb ragout, from our big flock of...

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Youthful Arrivals on Black Cat Farm

Another week of wind, some sun and now rain. Snow on tap for tonight, too. That means another week on the farm in April.  Either way, the plants seem awfully happy in their little nests of soil. With the exception of things that we over-wintered, and have written...

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Windy Week, Bountiful Market Harvest

Is wind fun? We think not. We think only two kinds of people like wind: people who are crazy for kites, and sailors. That leaves billions and billions of people on earth who do not like wind. Wind assailed Boulder for much of the week, lifting soil and grit from the...

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Buh-Bye Snow, Hello 2018 Boulder Farmers’ Market

As snowflakes hurtle towards the grass, gardens, sidewalks and streets, the weather today does not exactly scream “farmers’ market!” Instead, you are contemplating soup. A lively fire. Tea. Go for them all tonight, and consider adding something red and warming, too. A...

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Spring is Transformation Time on the Farm

Stocking our restaurants with year-round farm food demands strategies — we do live in Colorado, after all. If something is capable of undergoing preservation in such a way that flavor is maintained (if not transformed in an excellent way), then we preserve.  So...

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The Farm Team Reunites for the Season Ahead

We could do without the wind — the physics that turns air tactile is not our farm friend. And we all could use more moisture, especially in the mountains. The snowier those peaks, the more reliable and abundant our summer and fall irrigation. But we will take the...

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Flowering Hon Tsai Tai and Arugula in Winter

You might think after a winter of cleaning pig stalls and taking care of piglets and lambs, of moving fences and corraling sows, of sweeping snow from row cover and cleaning arugula in 20-something weather and slipping across alternately ice-crusted and mud-soggy...

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Winter On The Farm Leads to Seed — And Geese

Planting from seed? Not yet. Massive harvests? Soon, but for now the vegetable bounty is minimal. Plowing fields, dealing with irrigation, wrestling with pests? Nope, negative, not one bit. The plant part of our farm equation now rests, for the most part. But not for...

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Lambs and Ewes, Sows and Piglets on Black Cat Farm

They have been arriving nearly every day since December, the tiny lambs. Their moms, the ewes, have been heavy with offspring, in many cases twins, for months; the gestation for lambs is 152 days, give or take. Now lambs totter around the fields on those unsteady,...

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Stop By Tonight at Bramble for Austin’s Last Night

Today marks two years to the day since Austin Elsborg started roasting beets, wizarding ambrosial barbecue sauce for pork and turning out some of the finest tavern food in Colorado at Bramble & Hare. All from a kitchen the size of a food truck. The anniversary is...

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Black Cat is Devil Proof — And Cheery With Krug, Too

The new bottles of California Malbec thrill the Black Cat family not just because the wine is superb. We cherish and champion the Sonoma County elixir, too, because winemaker Jesse Katz grew up in Boulder, and originals of his father Andy Katz’s spectacular...

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Head To The Final Market of 2017

It arrives on a Friday every year, and the profound sense of bittersweet returns the next day, too. It is the Friday and Saturday immediately prior to Thanksgiving, which always marks our last harvest for the farmers’ market in downtown Boulder as well as the...

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Spinach Returns, Plenty of Veggies Still Harvested

The bulk of the harvesting for 2018 is wrapping-up. We spent a good bit of time this week in the field that holds our polenta corn, which has been drying on the stalks since August. Now, we harvest the cobs and deliver them to a barn, where they will dry some more. At...

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Farm to Table Pumpkins for Pigs

Sometimes we almost feel like those Japanese ranchers who spend so much time and effort fussing over their Wagyu herds, the kind of cattle that produce kobe beef. We don’t massage our heritage Mulefoot pigs, but we have crowned them kings and queens of the farm....

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Farm-to-Table Happens in the Snow

Harvesting crops is never a breezy affair — even on a 72-degree June afternoon with the sky the color of an Adriatic lagoon it presents challenges. It is physically demanding, requiring that we bend over and pull or dig. We fill bins with arugula and Belgian endive,...

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Pigs Key to the Life of Biodynamic Farm

It’s been quite the week — especially for our pigs. We raise more than 100 of them, mostly heritage Mulefoots, on one of our properties. They are one of the foundations of Black Cat Farm, which is the only certified biodynamic farm-to-table operation in the United...

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Frost and Snow and Sturdy Vegetables

Our first frost in Boulder normally happens somewhere during the first 10 days of October, and sure enough, that's what happened this year. As anticipated, the hard frost whacked the tomatoes, peppers, basil and eggplant for the year, as well as select greens that...

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The Balm Before the Storm

Winter is coming. On Monday. If you planned on making tomato sauce to put up or freeze; pickling peppers; cooking big batches of baba ganoush from local organic eggplants, calabacitas with summer squash and corn, or salsa with jalapenos and cherry tomatoes — well, you...

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A Bounty Despite the Rain

Will the rain — although really, it's been more like an unrelenting mist — ever stop? Water is usually welcome in sunny Colorado, and course it is vital for farming. But it also complicates things like planting and harvesting, especially when it just comes at us day...

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Here Comes Fall — Make it a Tomato Sauce Weekend

We all have sensed it in the mornings the past few weeks — fall’s arrival. We think she finally knocks on the door tomorrow morning, looking dramatic in a scarf and sweater and grinning madly. “Are you ready for me?” “We are not. But come on in, Fall. Nice to see you...

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Farm Treasures at the Market and Restaurants

One of our experiments this year, in addition to sweet potatoes and Belgian endive, was peanuts. It looks like we scored a hat trick this year. The sweet potatoes and endive were triumphs, and despite research that cautioned us against trying peanuts — the legumes...

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Sweet Potatoes at the Market

Finally! We will be selling our own organic Boulder County sweet potatoes on Saturday at the Market. Yes! As we have chronicled in detail on the blog, growing sweet potatoes was a surprise triumph for us this year. They are not supposed to really grow in Colorado —...

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Fruits of Labor

With enough pepper, eggplant and tomato plants to supply the island of Corsica with produce for a year, we are awfully busy in the fields plucking fruit, tossing it into baskets, and hauling it on our shoulders up to the trucks. Among other things, we are turning...

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Sweet Potatoes and their Greens are Spectacular

We believe you have not tried the following two things: Fingerling sweet potatoes grown in Boulder County Sweet potato greens What are you waiting for? We wrote about our sweet potato adventure here, in our last blog entry. Now that we have had a chance to bring the...

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