It’s been a long time since our weekends were spent wandering between market stalls – and admiring the deep green clusters of kale, picturesque juicy tomatoes and spotted farm eggs.
And although we hope that all the dedicated farmers in Colorado take a well-deserved break – soaking in a hot spring or at least sleeping after 6 p.m. markets come in April.
The tractor wheels of the time keep turning, and a lot has to be done on farms and ranches outside the frost-covered fields at this time of year. Here’s what some of the farms you know and love are doing right now.
Black cat organic farm, boulders
“At Black Cat Organic Farm, we grow organic vegetables and raise sheep and pigs all year round. In the winter, we still grow and harvest for our restaurant, Bramble & Hare, our farm on Jay Road and BCFM’s Food Access programs and online market.
We built six new portable 200-foot hanger houses in November to grow a wider variety of greens for the winter and make harvesting easier. What else do we do in the winter to get ready for next spring?
We have additional cover crops to be planted for the health of the soil.
Our lakes must have a winter experience.
January to April we grow vegetable, flower and herb starts.
Winter is also time for weekly trips to our USDA processor in Kersey, followed by countless hours of slaughter in the restaurant to fill the freezers with meat.
Lots of unfinished projects, organization and planning for 2022. “
– Jill and Eric
Rough and Ready Farm, Longmont
“We had a fantastic first year and are spending this winter buying and setting up equipment that we can finally afford!
Here is a recent photo of my living room. You are looking at a dowel that will help us transplant much more efficiently, and also two accessories for Tilmor Power Ox, which is a walk-behind tool holder designed for small-scale cultivation. “
– Dave and Laura
Aspen Moon Farm, hygiene
“We are in the process of completing our new food safety approved parcel shed building, which has been under construction for four years! Concrete (last) week, just in time for the low temperatures to hit.
We look forward to having an efficient workspace. We have spent years running around the yard turning on and off walk-in refrigerators daily and turning on and off space heaters every cold night (even sometimes in the middle of the night) to maintain the right temperatures throughout the season.
We will also tie ties to the cows, sheep and chickens as we move them from field to field so they can do their magic to create good soil for next season !! But hey, it’s easy when there are no mosquitoes! ”
– Erin and Jason
All the work that farmers do all year round to keep our local food system thriving is inspiring (and quite scary). So here it is to plant the seeds, literally and metaphorically, for a fantastic 2022.
Our decision this year and every year is to eat more local food. It is a delicious goal that supports our society and the planet. Join us by shopping the BCFM Online Marketplace, packed with local produce, dairy products, meat, pantry items year-round at bcfm.org.