Farmers Market Corner for 8/13/16

Union Station Farmers Market

Denverites, come on down this Saturday at the Union Station Farmers Market (located at the Union Station transportation hub in downtown Denver, 1701 Wynkoop street). From 9am to 2pm, you can sample our fresh greens and other produce and take home ingredients for your dinner or something tasty prepared by our restaurants.

Black Cat Farm market produce

The Black Cat Farm booths at the Boulder and Denver markets will include the following produce on August 13, 2016:
  • Asian greens mix (Osaka Shirona cabbage, mizuna, tatsoi)
  • Basil (lemon, Genovese, purple)
  • Beans (green, purple, yellow)
  • Beets (golden, Detroit)
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage (Osaka Shirona)
  • Cilantro
  • Corn (baby, sweet)
  • Cucumbers (Armenians, lemon, Suyo Long)
  • Eggplant
  • Garbanzo beans, fresh
  • Lettuce, Butter
  • Purslane
  • Spring onions
  • Squash blossoms
  • Summer squash
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes (cherry, slicing)

Bacon, breakfast sausage, chorizo, and pork cuts will also be available.

Prepared food

We will also offer the following Black Cat Bistro frozen prepared  dishes made with Black Cat Farm heritage pork:

  • Pork green chile: A Colorado staple made according to Eric’s recipe with smoked pork and green tomatoes.
  • Pork rillettes: A spread made with pork that is similar to pate.

Summer goodness

If you are anything like us, when you anticipate summer produce, you think of basil, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, and peppers.

Last week, Eric thought that the Black Cat Farm tomatoes wouldn’t start coming to the market until late August and that September would bring a bonanza of tomatoes. Tomorrow, we have the nice surprise of bringing our first tomatoes and corn to the market. We have had basil, cucumbers, eggplant, and peppers at the last few markets.

With the great flavor of field-grown tomatoes, now is the time for BLTs, Caprese salads, fresh tomato pasta with the tomatoes barely cooked by the heat of the drained pasta, and all the other glorious tomato dishes that depend on the stupendous quality of tomatoes grown outside during the summer. If you think that we are in love with summer tomatoes, we are.

More about Black Cat Farm tomatoes

We changed up some of our tomato practices this year.  The Black Cat Farm crew planted our tomato plants wider apart than previously. That left enough room for us to weed more effectively with our Eco Weeder. We also staked our salad tomato plants.

We don’t know if this helped keep most of our plants healthy but the result of minimal loss of plants means that we expect a bumper crop of tomatoes in September. If you are strolling our fields, you will see that the plants look great and are loaded with fruit. Expect plenty of dishes with tomatoes at our restaurants.

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