Farmers’ Market Corner for 6/20/15

The Black Cat Farm booth at the Boulder Farmers’ Market will include the following produce on June 20, 2015:

  • Arugula, domesticated and wild (extra spicy)
  • Baby beets
  • Baby Swiss chard
  • Baby turnips (magenta, white, and hinona kabu)
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic, young
  • Lettuce, Oak Leaf and Tom Thumb
  • Lettuce mix
  • Mizuna
  • Radish greens with flowers
  • Rapini
  • Spring onions

Mulefoot pork cuts and dried black chickpeas will also be available.

Storing Black Cat cornmeal

Eric recommends storing Black Cat Farm cornmeal in a container with a tightly fitting lid.

Because he removes the corn bran when milling his dried Boone County White corn, the Black Cat Farm cornmeal has a long shelf life before it spoils. At room temperature and sealed, it retains its fresh corn smell, the aroma that he calls “the magic” for the first three or four weeks after purchase. He feels that his cornmeal is at its best in this time period.

You can store the cornmeal also in the freezer to retain freshness and the magic for a longer period of time. At room temperature, it can last up to five years and still be edible but the aroma dissipates and the quality slowly degrades over a long period of storage.

Seed germination

If you have a home vegetable gardener and have been experiencing poor germination of your seeds, you are not alone. Farmers like Eric found that the rainy and cold spring weather affected seed germination adversely. They have been re-sowing seeds and sowing  them in a greater quantity than before to make sure enough sprout.

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