Pick-Your-Own, Farm Market & CSA

Enrollment in the 2017 CSA Has Begun

Berry Patch Farms Winter Produce

Berry Patch Farms Winter Market is open Christmas and New Year's Eves 10am-1pm. Check with us by calling 303 659-5050 in case of inclement weather. We offer our certified organic produce to those seeking seasonal high quality, locally grown, flavorful and nutritious food. Our market is filled with simple, delicious and healthful recipes. We cook with what we grow so we are able to offer tips on preparation, use and storage. For those interested, we also offer Heartsong Farms’ superb grass-fed and grass-finished beef that is totally free from all chemicals or hormones, Sweet Pickle Farm delicious farm-fresh eggs from pastured chickens fed a certified organic, corn and soy-free diet, whole chickens that were pastured on untreated grass and also fed the same organic corn and soy-free diet, local honey and more. We are a pick-up site for the awesome raw milk produced at R Patch O’ Heaven dairy.

Our fresh greens are raised in our hoophouse, also known as a high tunnel. It is unheated except for our high altitude sunshine. The crops are grown in the soil and covered at night for freeze protection and uncovered each morning for sunlight exposure. It is a labor of love that produces greens of exceptional quality. Typically available are frost-sweetened kale, mustard greens, chard, bok choy, spinach, arugula and BPF Blend – a proprietary blend of delicious and nutritious greens for salads and braising.

Barn Store January Hours:

New Years Eve: 10am-1pm

Berry Patch Farms

Veggies:

  • multi-colored carrots – high in anti-oxidants and sugars.
  • celeriac – nutty celery flavor for soups, remoulade, roasting and as a long-keeping celery substitute. Wonderful with potatoes.
  • cabbage – dense and sweet. keeps very well. Red, green and savoy are offered. The winter green cabbage makes excellent sauerkraut.
  • beets – excellent sweet flavor for steaming, roasting and pickling.
  • sunchokes – tubers native to the U.S., they have the texture of jicama or water chestnuts but are sweeter. Very high in potassium and low in calories. Delicious in soups and are excellent raw or roasted.
  • leeks – delicate onion favor for soups, roasting, gratins and more. Ours offer a large portion of white shank.
  • parsnips – wonderful nutty sweet flavor for roasting, glazing and soups.
  • rutabagas – sweet cabbage-y flavor and nutrition, excellent paired with potatoes.
  • garlic and shallots – varieties grown for flavor!
  • onions – these are especially high in sugars, wonderful for caramelizing or roasting and general purpose.
  • potatoes - Yukon Gold from Strohauer Farms, our neighbor to the north in LaSalle. They specialize in potatoes and these are a delicious all-purpose variety.

Winter Squashes:

  • butternut have a sweet flavor and smooth texture for roasting, salads, soups and pastas.
  • sugar dumpling are sweet single serving squash for roasting as a simple side dish or for stuffing.
  • acorn are a much-loved favorite for roasting or stuffing.
  • delicata are an extra sweet heirloom delicious for roasting or slicing.
  • blue hubbard have a sweet, nutty flavor for soups, roasting and pies.
  • spaghetti have flesh that is a delicious pasta substitute.

Frozen:

  • Tomatoes: use these for cooking and avoid paying for shipping and the BPA in canned goods. Ours are vine-ripe and grown for flavor.
    • Beefsteak: rinse with hot water and the skin slips off readily. Perfect for soups and stews, casseroles and more.
    • Roma: extra-high in lycopene for health. great for sauce. cover with boiling water for a few minutes and they will pop right out of their skins.
    • San Marzano: the seed for this is imported from Italy for richly flavored sauces.
  • green beans, romano beans and yellow wax beans - use these in soups and for saute and steaming.
  • okra - our tender and flavorful variety.
  • chilis - our freshly harvested and roasted chilis.

Additionally: Great Harvest Bread Company freshly ground certified organic whole wheat flour, kept frozen to preserve nutrients and prevent the formation of oxidants; Ela Organic Orchards dried fruit and applesauce; Tumbleweed locally crafted and handmade soaps and soy candles; Caramel Apple Farm handmade goat’s milk soap, laundry and shaving soaps; dried flowers and more!

Enrollment in the 2017 CSA Has Begun

Weekly Update

January 20th, 2017

Greetings!

I'm still chuckling over an article on chickens explaining how researchers have discovered that chickens are far more intelligent and highly communicative than previously realized - at least by researchers. Anyone who has lived around them for awhile would have been happy to have shared that information at a fraction of the research cost. Our chickens are quite aware of who feeds them and are opinionated about exactly when and where that should happen. And they feel comfortable communicating that it is chicken dinnertime. Now. No matter if I'm running late picking and washing. And, they don't take lightly to "just a minute", although some are more polite about it than others. I can tell you also that they LOVE our hoophouse winter greens. They eat the freeze-damaged etc. and just come running when they see me with a handful. They highly recommend them!

No, I'll not offer you chicken leftovers. You get the good stuff - delicious and beautiful mustard greens, lacinato and Siberian kales, mild sweet chard, spinach, arugula and bok choy. Along with these treats, we also offer our sweet cabbages, red, savoy and the dense winter; sweet onions, beets, flavorful celeriac, leeks, rutabagas, winter radishes, sweet and crunchy kohlrabi, colorful carrots, parsnips, nutritious and easy-to-prepare dried beans for a multitude of meals, winter squashes and more. Winter meals at their finest!

Our farm market will be open Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm. The chickens will greet you, but Claudia can't for she is relaxing on some beach in Iowa.

Enjoy!
Claudia

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Enrollment in the 2017 CSA Has Begun