Farmers Market Corner for 7/16/16

Union Station Farmers Market

Come to the Union Station Farmers Market (located at the Union Station transportation hub in downtown Denver, 1701 Wynkoop street) if you live in Denver or are stopping by. From 9am to 2pm, you can sample our fresh greens and other produce before taking home the ingredients that we use in our restaurants for your own dinners.  And don’t hesitate to say hello to Eric and ask him for cooking tips. He’s a font of knowledge.

Black Cat Farm market produce

The Black Cat Farm booths at the Boulder and Denver markets will include the following produce on July 16, 2016:
  • Asian greens mix
  • Beets
  • Cucumbers (CSA-only)
  • Fava beans
  • Field greens salad mix
  • Green beans, tri-color mix (green, yellow purple)
  • Kale
  • Lettuce, Tom Thumb
  • Lettuce mix
  • Onions, fresh
  • Osaka shirona cabbage
  • Purslane (Boulder-only)
  • Spicy mustard mix (Boulder-only)
  • Squash blossoms
  • Summer squash
  • Swiss chard

Bacon, Black Cat Farm polenta (Denver-only), cornbread mix made with the polenta, breakfast sausage, chorizo, and pork cuts will also be available.

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.
  • Bolognese sauce: Classic Italian meat-based sauce  originating from the city of Bologna, Italy. Often served with pasta.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sheep crossing

Some members of our burgeoning sheep flock
Some members of our burgeoning sheep flock

Sometimes, when you drive on Jay Road, you can see our sheep at the Lousberg property on Jay Road and 51st that we lease from City of Boulder Open Space. This month, we trucked all 175 of our sheep in trailers directly across the Diagonal Highway to another City of Boulder Open Space property to graze.

This enables us to let the Lousberg property pastures on which the sheep have been grazing to lay fallow and recover. We can then harvest some of the revived grass as hay for winter feed with the rest of the grass available for fall grazing.

Piglet madness

Black Cat Farm piglets
Piglets rooting around in Winter

Black Cat Farm is swimming in piglets with 15 piglets born this month and 40 in total over the last two months. It doesn’t take long for piglets to become mature enough to run around and wreck havoc. They are small, fast, and very curious. When they escape from their electrified pen and runs, it is a mad chase to direct them back to their home. It is only when they understand and respect the deterrent of electrical fences can we breathe easier until someone lets out the piglets by mistake.

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