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A Bounty Despite the Rain

Will the rain — although really, it’s been more like an unrelenting mist — ever stop? Water is usually welcome in sunny Colorado, and course it is vital for farming. But it also complicates things like planting and harvesting, especially when it just comes at us day after sodden day.

It does not stop us from working in the fields, however, and we have been exceptionally busy harvesting many plants from our gorgeous organic soil.

Are you ready to cook this weekend? We hope so. We will be at the Market Saturday morning with all that you will need for the week of cooking.

Look at what some home cooks did with our produce. First, consider the image at the top of this post. That is Black Cat Farm peppers (a wide variety), tomatoes (lots of different kinds) and basil, all being used in different ways. The peppers were ground into a paste with garlic, salt and a little bit of sugar, and then they were packed into a mason jar, where they fermented. After about 10 days of fermentation, they get strained, then the juice is cooked with vinegar. Ambrosial fermented hot sauce. The tomatoes are cooked two ways: One is the Marcella Hazan method, which has the tomatoes enjoy a long simmer with whole onion and butter. That’s it. The other is roasted with olive oil, salt and basil for a long time (like 8 hours) in different heats. The home cook here begins at about 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, but then dials it back to 200 degrees and just lets it go until the tomatoes form a sort of jam. So sweet, and so wonderful.

A variety of tomatoes — cherry, pear, small heirloom — roasted. Nothing but olive oil, salt, tomatoes and sometimes fistfulls of basil.
A variety of tomatoes — cherry, pear, small heirloom — roasted. Nothing but olive oil, salt, tomatoes and sometimes fistfulls of basil.
Sweet potato fries, baked with olive oil and salt. Fantastic.
Sweet potato fries, baked with olive oil and salt. Fantastic.

This week, head to the Market for the following spectacle of awesome from Black Cat Farm.

  • Tat Soi
  • Purple Tat Soi
  • Mizuna
  • Mibuna
  • Ruby Streak Mizuna
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Jericho Lettuce
  • Purple Frill Lettuce
  • North Pole Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Cho Kara
  • Osaka Purple
  • Genovese Basil
  • Sweet Potato greens
  • Radishes
  • Yellow Watermelon
  • Shishito Peppers
  • Anaheim Peppers
  • Banana Peppers
  • Jalapeños
  • Eggplant
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Tomatillos
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Artichokes
  • Fennel
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Polenta
  • Pork Shoulder
  • Ground Pork
  • Ham Roast
  • Loin Roast