Tempestuous Spring + Saturday Market Bounty

The seasonal parade of vegetables involves some, like arugula, that strut early in the procession, then take a bow, but bounce back on stage here and there across the year. Others, like tomatoes, come on late and have only one go at it, but boy are they showy. Many of...

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Our First Lamb Quadruplets + Asparagus & Market

It happens every spring: days of warmth and sun, followed by snow, mist, rain, fog, a swirling cloak of gray that sticks around for a patch of days. Were you, too, humming “Here Comes The Sun” yesterday when we woke up to that great fiery star in the sky? Rain is...

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Black Cat Wheat + Arugula Lamb Recipe + Market

One of our projects this week revolved around wheat. Did you know that all of the wheat flour we use in the restaurants comes from our own fields and mills? That’s right, the bread we bring to your table comes from homegrown wheat. It wasn’t the case until just a few...

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First Black Cat Farm Lambs Born + Farmers Market

They’re baaaack. When last week we said lambing season had arrived, it had — only no lambs had yet been born. The mamas were just pregnant. But now, finally, the first lambs of the season are here, and the ewes will continue giving birth for a few weeks. This, the...

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Black Cat + Farmers’ Market: Season Starts Tomorrow

Hey! Where did we go? Just mosey south from our former Farmers' Market spot and you'll find our new stand. It's spiffier, we love the location, but best of all, it's bigger! As our farm continues to expand, we simply outgrew the former location. The roots of the farm,...

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At Black Cat, Farm-to-Table Means Your Bread, Too

One of our projects this week revolved around wheat. Did you know that all of the wheat flour we use in the restaurants comes from our own fields and mills? That’s right, the bread we bring to your table comes from homegrown wheat. It wasn’t the case until just a few...

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Valentine’s Day + New Greenhouse + C-C-Cold Snaps

Love’s holiday is nearly here, and we are combining both restaurants for one giant celebration of all of your big hearts. Join us for seatings at 5, 7 and 9 o’clock for three courses of extravagance, plus complimentary Champagne. The meal involves optional wine...

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Peanuts (Ours) at Bramble; Sweet Potatoes Rocking

There they thrive, side-by-side, long rows of subterranean plants that, if they had cognition, might think: “What the heck are we doing here?” And also: “We like this place!” Peanuts and sweet potatoes. We’re not sure any other farmers along the Front Range are...

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Piglets Videos On Parade, and the Market List

It's been gorgeous in the fields — idyllic weather — and we have been busy harvesting for the Market and restaurants. The relatively fragile vegetables, like tomatoes, eggplants and pepper, were harvested prior to the big freeze last week. But the root vegetables...

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Baby Pumpkin Recipe + The Goods at the Market

It’s pumpkin season, and this pleases everybody. For the kids, the bulbous orange squashes ignite dreams of dressing up, ringing doorbells and filling sacks with candy. Teenagers and 20-somethings party. Adults with li’l ‘uns look forward to joining them on their...

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Celery is a Flavor-Packed Star at Black Cat Farm

Celery is pale, celery is watery, celery broadcasts little in the way of aroma, celery is filler for things like stuffing and crab cakes. When the celery is from the supermarket, all of the above usually applies. But when the celery is just harvested from Black Cat...

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Corn Four Ways From Black Cat Farm

We grow two varieties of sweet corn for the restaurants and the farmers’ market, a variety called Silver Queen that Eric and Jill grew up with in Maryland and Virginia and Bonus, which gives us ridiculously sweet baby corn, and then it also gives us large ears of...

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James Beard Dinner + Market Bounty = Weekend Culinary Harvest

It’s a weekend meant for savoring the harvest, don’t you think? With fields across Boulder County now enjoying such abundance, it’s the eye of the bullseye for meals revolving around local, local, local. Sweet corn from the cob, and fresh tomatoes simply sliced. Pico...

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Carrots Extolled and Explained — And A Recipe

Beets enjoy a devoted fan club, but some tell beets to beat it. Many people turn to turnips with smiles, but others quickly turn away. Some of us loudly root for rutabagas, but the root vegetable also attracts unruly mobs fixed on giving rutabagas the boot. It’s not...

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Onions Thrive in Colorado — and on Black Cat Farm

Did you know that Colorado is the national epicenter for storage onion production in the United States? That the National Onion Association is in Greeley? Most of us within the Black Cat diaspora had no idea, but of course Eric was on top of it — he’s the one who...

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Fresh Potatoes Swoon-Worthy — So Is Recipe

Roasted, fried, boiled, baked. Cold, and in a salad. Piping hot, mashed and infused with butter. Shredded. Diced. Pureed. Served whole. Is there anything a cook can’tdo with a potato? Many view them as little more than reliable year-round culinary stalwarts...

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Front Range Fennel is Good Fortune on Black Cat Farm

A year goes by, and you tasted fennel seed in Italian sausage, perhaps some Indian food. The bulb? Fronds? Maybe you had a bowl of bouillabaisse (but probably not), or a tomato sauce for pasta in which the constituent parts included sliced and sautéed fennel bulb....

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Summer Squash Blossoms Are Here — With Recipe

The triple-digit heat that struck this week taxes the acres upon acres (more than 40 of them) that we cultivate for vegetables, and we irrigate like mad to keep them healthy and happy. At the same time, the heat also speeds-up the ripening of treasured plants like...

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Rain, Rain Come Again

The fires dotting the state, including the Lake Christine Fire that continues to threaten the great town of Basalt in the Roaring Fork Valley, make our hearts ache. This is one parched, sun-blasted summer, and the forecast calls for more of the same. The weather, of...

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Concrete Slab Plucks at Heart Strings

We fill bins with brilliant-yellow mustard flowers that perch beside bins showcasing purple-hued heads of lettuce, tangles of serrated mizuna leaves, piles of white-blossomed fava bean tops. We spend atmospheric days amongst pigs and piglets — recently, we watched 11...

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Happy Pigs, Artichokes in Cocktails

As you probably know by now, we are kind of pig-crazy here at Black Cat Farm. They take care of us in so many ways — and we take care of them, too.  June, which begins today (yay!), always marks the beginning of a parade of months during which our Mulefoots spend...

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Big Week on Black Cat Farm — Sheep Shearing

Another week at the farm, another parade of activity. Even during the heart of summer, when the weeks seem to blend into one another with their similarity — 87 degrees, sunny, if we are lucky several afternoon thunderstorms — they in fact are quite different. New...

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Farm-To-Table Burgers, Lamb, Salads Hit Market

We have considered it for years, and finally it is a lively reality at the Farmers’ Market: Just as we craft and serve food in our restaurants, now we are doing the same at the Market. Pork burgers from our heritage Mulefoot pigs. Lamb ragout, from our big flock of...

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Youthful Arrivals on Black Cat Farm

Another week of wind, some sun and now rain. Snow on tap for tonight, too. That means another week on the farm in April.  Either way, the plants seem awfully happy in their little nests of soil. With the exception of things that we over-wintered, and have written...

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Windy Week, Bountiful Market Harvest

Is wind fun? We think not. We think only two kinds of people like wind: people who are crazy for kites, and sailors. That leaves billions and billions of people on earth who do not like wind. Wind assailed Boulder for much of the week, lifting soil and grit from the...

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Buh-Bye Snow, Hello 2018 Boulder Farmers’ Market

As snowflakes hurtle towards the grass, gardens, sidewalks and streets, the weather today does not exactly scream “farmers’ market!” Instead, you are contemplating soup. A lively fire. Tea. Go for them all tonight, and consider adding something red and warming, too. A...

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Spring is Transformation Time on the Farm

Stocking our restaurants with year-round farm food demands strategies — we do live in Colorado, after all. If something is capable of undergoing preservation in such a way that flavor is maintained (if not transformed in an excellent way), then we preserve.  So...

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The Farm Team Reunites for the Season Ahead

We could do without the wind — the physics that turns air tactile is not our farm friend. And we all could use more moisture, especially in the mountains. The snowier those peaks, the more reliable and abundant our summer and fall irrigation. But we will take the...

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Flowering Hon Tsai Tai and Arugula in Winter

You might think after a winter of cleaning pig stalls and taking care of piglets and lambs, of moving fences and corraling sows, of sweeping snow from row cover and cleaning arugula in 20-something weather and slipping across alternately ice-crusted and mud-soggy...

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