Pick-Your-Own, Farm Market & CSA

The 2017 CSA Enrollment Period Will Close April 1st.

Berry Patch Farms Winter Produce

Berry Patch Farms Winter Market is open Saturdays 10am-2pm. 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 March Saturday Hours: 10am-2pm

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!

The 2017 CSA Enrollment Period Will Close April 1st.

Weekly Update

March 24th, 2017

Greetings!As I watch the wind whip newly budding branches during our rapid descent back to March, I wonder how it is the birds are not blown tumbling across the sky. I wonder at the unseen yet incredibly powerful force of the jet stream as it ushers in or blocks the highs and lows that so impact our daily life. I marvel at the resiliency of birds and plants that survive and even thrive despite the temperature and moisture extremes. On the farm this winter, we’ve experienced 24 degrees below zero and 82 degrees above. A total of four inches of precipitation has fallen since June 15th of 2016. And yet, as I watch the grey clouds race south against the sky, all is well. The earth has received this gift of moisture with gratitude. The meadowlark will sing and the killdeer utter her plaintive cry. I, too, am grateful.

Our market will be open tomorrow, Saturday, the 25th of March, from 10 am until 2 pm in the sunshine and warmth that promises to return. Despite the recent heat, the greens remain amazingly tender, sweet and abundant. Our BPF special blend is ready and is beautiful and delicious, now containing a variety of lettuces as well as other tasty and colorful leaves. Although not yet as abundant as it will be, there is a decent amount for enjoying with your favorite dressing. The kalini season will be shortened this year, accelerated by the unusually warm weather, but is abundant currently. The baby kale is truly delicious and so easy to use. Spinach, mustard greens, chard and kale offer their fresh flavors and amazing nutrition. Rainbow carrots, beets, celeriac, leeks and sunchokes are among the offerings that complement the greens. We are offering special pricing on several items, including eggs and San Marzano tomatoes.

We invite you to join us to marvel and enjoy!

Claudia