Union Station Farmers Market

If you’re Denverite, or a Boulderite spending time in Denver, and haven’t checked out the Union Station Farmers Market, come on down, say hello to Eric and Jill, and pick up a bag of our succulent greens or other fresh produce from Black Cat Farm.

The Denver market is located at the Union Station transportation hub in downtown Denver, 1701 Wynkoop street.  It will take place every Saturday from 9am to 2pm through Oct. 22nd.

Black Cat Farm market produce

 The Black Cat Farm booths at the Boulder and Denver markets will include the following produce on June 18, 2016:
  • Artichokes (Denver only)
  • Arugula/Mizuna mix
  • Baby turnips, Hakurei
  • Beet greens
  • Broccoli, Chinese (Gailan)
  • Cilantro
  • Collard greens, Asian
  • Edible flowers (arugula, cilantro)
  • Kale
  • Lettuce mix
  • Scallions
  • Sorrel (Boulder only)
  • Tatsoi
  • Thyme

Dried black garbanzo beans, freshly milled Black Cat Farm polenta, cornbread mix, breakfast sausage, chorizo, and pork cuts will also be available at both markets.

Prepared food

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

  • Bacon marmalade: Our plum wood-smoked Mulefoot bacon cooked with shallots, sherry vinegar, brown sugar and spices.
  • Black pudding: A traditional sausage that uses blood, onion, garlic, egg and spices. Eric altered it from the norm by adding cherries poached in red wine to make it more approachable.
  • Porchetta di testa: A traditional Italian salumi made from the meat from a pig’s head. It is brined, then spiced and rolled followed by a long poaching. Shaved paper thin, it is a delight.

Good news

All of our thousands of tomato and pepper plants are in the ground. As long as Mother Nature cooperates, we should have a huge harvest of tomatoes and pepper this year.

The only thing left to plant for this summer are the succession plantings that will keep us supplied with greens this summer.

Processing produce after harvest

After we harvest produce, we wash it. In the case of greens, we wash them twice and then dry them.  Other types of produce are handled differently. For instance, we wash root vegetables but we do not dry them. We do not wash corn on the cob or delicate items like edible flowers though we do splash water on flowers to keep them cool.

Following are photos of how we process our greens.

Harvested greens are washed twice, going through two wash containers, into bins, and then the greens dryer. Gideon is moving washed greens into bins.

Harvested greens are washed twice, going through two wash containers, into bins, and then the greens dryer. Gideon is moving washed greens into bins.

After the greens are in the water, we run strong jets of air through the water to help clean the greens.

After the greens are in the water, we run strong jets of air through the water to help clean the greens.

After greens have been washed, we dry them in the greens dryer.

After greens have been washed, we dry them in the greens dryer.