Union Station Farmers Market

If you’re Denverite, or a Boulderite spending time in Denver, we invite you to stop by our booth at the Union Station Farmers Market (located at the Union Station transportation hub in downtown Denver, 1701 Wynkoop street).

Black Cat Farm market produce

 The Black Cat Farm booths at the Boulder and Denver markets will include the following produce on July 2, 2016:
  • Baby Summer squash
  • Beets
  • Cardoons
  • Collard greens, Asian
  • Edible flowers (arugula, mustard greens)
  • Fava beans, young
  • Field greens salad mix
  • Kale
  • Mustard green mix
  • Peas, sugar snap
  • Purslane
  • Squash blossoms
  • Swiss chard

Bacon, Black Cat Farm polenta, cornbread mix made with the polenta, 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.
  • 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.

Fava beans

Tomorrow’s market marks the start of fava bean season. When fava beans are young and tender, as they are now, you can grill or roast them whole and eat the entire pod. First, brush the pods with oil and salt them. Squeeze a little lemon juice on them after they are ready to eat. We look forward to this preparation all year long. So easy and good.

CSA

The Black Cat Farm has a small produce CSA for 24 CSA families that works differently from many CSAs. For $550 per two-person family, CSA members are entitled to 20 weeks of produce within the time period of June to the end of the market in November.

CSA members pick up their produce at the Boulder Farmers Market. They can select anything and everything at the booth and can take as much as they need. Instead of a CSA where there is a fixed continuous term, the Black Cat Farm CSA allows members to choose the weeks that they want. So, if members go by the booth and do not find what they want, they can skip the week in favor of another one.

When the farm has a small amount of a crop, it allocates it to the CSA. Sometimes, this might apply to the start of the season for an established crop like beets when the yield is temporarily low. Other times, CSA members are the first to try crops that are being grown for the first or second time in small quantities, such as artichokes and asparagus.

We have started to include on the market posts of this blog the produce that will be available only to the CSA so CSA members can have a better idea of what to expect at the market.