Harvest Entering the Sweet Spot

Tomatoes? Check. Peppers? Yep. Eggplant? You betcha'. Tomatillos? Indeed. Our harvests lately have been downright cornucopian — and wouldn't it rock if we had a goat's horn to display the things we are pulling from the fields? But alas, no horn. Not yet, at least....

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Retreat of Temperatures + Rain = Good

It's been nice, hasn't it? Summer had been plodding along, climatically, as a parade of hot, dry days. We began to look west for signs of smoke. But then the temperatures dropped, some rain fell, and the haze that seemed to occupy the sky for weeks evaporated,...

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Pepper & Squash Palooza

The first chunk of every farmers' market season gets dominated by leafy things and rooty things — lettuces, kale, spinach, turnips, spring onions, radishes.   And then the fruiting vegetables begin appearing — peas are early fruiters, but the rest of the summer...

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A Farm Dinner and the Market — Thank You Open Space

We spend a lot of time in fields — preparing soil, planting, weeding, harvesting, tending to animals, irrigating and as of this week hosting a farm dinner as well, our first-ever at Black Cat Farm. None of it would be possible without our partnerships with Open Space...

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Time For Basil and Shishitos

We  finally are harvesting some fruiting vegetables: summer squash, Anaheim peppers and ... shishito peppers! We are so very pleased to raise the little flavor bombs known as shishitos this year. They have many preparations, but the easiest is probably tossed in a hot...

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Ripening Into Summer

Longer days, warm nights, the strong sun arcing over the fields day after day, plenty of irrigation (thank you mountain snow!) — all of the above makes Black Cat Farm's plants exceedingly happy. Growing up in such healthy soil, under conditions like these, leads to...

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Carrots, Peas and So Much More

And now comes the heat. The mixture of quick afternoon thunderstorms combined with daytime temperatures in the 70s and low 80s has been ideal. The farm looks plugged in — like it somehow is being lit from within. The colors can be incandescent. The 10-day forecast,...

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A Week Of Planting, Weeding and Harvesting

Farming would be so much easier if we planted just one thing, like corn or tomatoes. Prep the soil in the spring. Wait for the right day during the planting window to put things in the ground. Plant. Weed. Harvest. The end. Since we supply our restaurants with most of...

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From Pastoral Idyll to Cold Mudfest

Happy Friday, Black Catters. It has been a busy week. We have been planting at a fevered pace for a few weeks, and due to the snow/rain that we saw coming earlier in the week we understood we had to get seeds into the ground before it all began. So we planted corn. We...

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Potato Planting Palooza and Market Bonanza

Now is a favorite time of the growing season — we are planting summer. In go the tomato and pepper starts. In go the eggplant and cauliflower and tomatillos. And this year, in go the potatoes. We grew potatoes a number of years ago, and then stopped. We wanted to...

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Spectacular Weather, and Farmers’ Market Bounty

Happy Friday, Black Catters! And what a Friday it is — 71 degrees at 11 a.m., with temperatures supposed to hit 81 on Saturday. Sure beats last week's market experience — below freezing and snow. We have been busy weeding again, naturally. And of course, harvesting....

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Snow On The Way — But First We Weeded and Harvested

Santa Monica, this ain't. The week of sun and slightly cool weather mixed with rain pleased the soil and plants quite a bit. Weeds seem to have encountered steroids, and as they beef-up we spend a lot of time yanking them (and in the above photo, we are using a wheel...

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Goodbye rain, hello farmers’ market sun

Happy Friday, food lovers! It's gloomy and chilly, and we have been busy harvesting for the restaurants and the market. Tomorrow, however, the forecast calls for sun. Chilly again, but bright and springy. Before we deliver our haul to the market and restaurants, we...

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A Banner Sheep-Shearing Day at Black Cat Farm

We shepherd, protect and nurture about 100 sheep, give or take, plus some rams. When the sheep give birth to lambs, the ovis aries population roughly doubles — this year's lambing gave us a bit more than 90 little ones, teeter-tottering their way across the property...

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Leeks, Beets, Grains and Soup — Your April 15 Market Report

The fairly recent rains and snow, coupled with this week's sun, have coaxed quite a bit of green from the brown soil. We of course spent a lot of time in the fields, bent over to harvest things like sorrel and arugula. But the weeds fairly shouted their arrival this...

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A Glorious Day of Harvesting for Tomorrow’s Market

Seventy-two degrees and breezy. Robin's egg skies, with cottony clouds. Plants luscious and strong, due to the recent rains and snow. This is our kind of harvest day. Friday is always a busy harvest day for us — between Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in the...

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Mud, arugula, Belgian endive, leeks and … mud

When it's 68 and sunny on a June morning, with the fields dew-spangled but not sodden, the breeze like a lamb's breath, the meadowlarks belting our arias,  the young basil perfuming the air — when all of these things conspire the farming experience sometimes seems...

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Farmers’ Market 2017 Kick-Off

It is spring in Colorado, and so it was nearly 70 degrees and sunny yesterday, and today it is 38 and drizzling. Tomorrow morning for the farmers' market kick-off? Snowing and 32 degrees, according to the forecast. Wandering the farmers' market in downtown Boulder...

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Sheep, lambs and the Akbash Chloe

If you listen closely, you might hear the soil singing this morning. It's a Beatles song — "Raiiiiiiiin | I don't mind" The soil, in fact, is rejoicing. And so are the sheep, the lambs and our lead guard dog Chloe, an Akbash, which is a breed of guard dog from Turkey....

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Wind Wind Go Away, Black Cat Farm Is Here To Stay

Last year, we blamed the pigs for the loss of about half of our artichoke crop (they gobbled it up). This year, it’s the wind. We counted seven days this winter, beginning on Christmas Day, with hurricane-force winds. In between, we suffered through a parade of days...

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Homegrown Dent Corn Almost Ready

The organic dent corn remains in the fields through the fall, slowly drying and curing as the months pass. Soon, we will harvest the corn, let it cure longer in a barn, and then mill it. And then you will eat the corn at Black Cat and Bramble & Hare in the form of...

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Farmers Market Corner for 11/12

The Black Cat Farm booth at the Boulder market will include the following produce on November 12, 2016: Arugula Beets (Detroit, white) Cabbage Carrots Celery root Escarole Frisee Hon tsai tai Kale (Red Russian, White) Lettuce, head (North Pole, red winter) Pak choi...

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Farmers Market Corner for 11/5

The Black Cat Farm booth at the Boulder market will include the following produce on November 5, 2016: Arugula Beets Broccoli Cabbage Carrots, baby Celery root Hon tsai tai Kale (Red Russian, White) Lettuce, head (North Pole, red winter, Tom Thumb) Lettuce mix Onions...

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Farmers Market Corner for 10/29

We are sad that the Union Station Farmers Market has finished for the year. The good news is that we will have plenty of great produce for the Boulder market until it ends this November 19th until the spring. Black Cat Farm market produce The Black Cat Farm booth at...

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Farmers’ Market Corner for 10/22

Basil and beets and sorrel — oh my! And much more "oh mying" Saturday at our farmers' markets. We are offering so much swoon-worthy produce this week. The list: Lettuce mix, Tom Thumb, red winter lettuce, North Pole lettuce, Swiss chard, tat soi, purple pok choi,...

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Farmers Market Corner for 10/15

Union Station Farmers Market Only two more markets until the Union Station Farmers Market ends for the season on October 22nd. However, before the Union Station Farmers Market ends, there is fun to be had. The Union Station Farmers Market will be co-hosting a fall...

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Farmers Market Corner for 10/1/16

Union Station Farmers Market Only one more month until the Union Station Farmers Market ends for the season on October 22nd. So, savor and take advantage of the goodness while you can. Stop by,  say hello, and pick up some of our heritage Mulefoot pork, produce, or...

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Farmers Market Corner for 9/24/16

Union Station Farmers Market There aren't that many Saturdays left until the Union Station Farmers Market ends for the season on October 22nd. So, savor and take advantage of the goodness while you can. Stop by,  say hello, and pick up some of our heritage Mulefoot...

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Farmers Market Corner for 9/17/16

Union Station Farmers Market We will be back at the Union Station Farmers Market tomorrow. We haven't been away long, but that doesn't mean that we didn't miss you. Stop by,  say hello, and pick up some of our heritage Mulefoot pork, produce, or prepared food. Black...

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