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James Beard, Farm Life

Running a farm to provide food for a restaurant involves details and tasks that verge on kaleidoscopic — everything from running irrigation lines to harvesting cucumbers to nursing lambs to milling homegrown wheat.

We dig into this hard work for the sake of the experience on the plate. Most of it heads to Black Cat Bistro and Bramble & Hare, where it gets transformed. Some of it, too, ends up on our stands at farmers’ markets in Boulder and at Denver’s Union Station — and presumably on a plate of homecooked food soon thereafter.

We are hosting the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour tomorrow evening, outside in downtown Boulder along 13th Street in front of our restaurants. This spectacle of exquisite food, most of it locally grown and raised, taps top chefs from across the Front Range to do their awesome thing with knives and heat and so much more. Wine, cocktail, cheese and charcuterie stars are there to curate experiences. Holding the event outside was a gamble, but the forecast looks roughly perfect.

We are thrilled and honored. And we hope to see some of you at the dinner, which now is sold-out.

Tomorrow, we will celebrate the food on the plate on Ye Olde Facebook page as the event unfolds.

We have been busy this week digging trenches for a new irrigation system at the farm. Lots of work! But it will provide us with a sturdier, more reliable way of delivering all-important water to our many, many plants. More than 250 varieties!
We have been busy this week digging trenches for a new irrigation system at the farm. Lots of work! But it will provide us with a sturdier, more reliable way of delivering all-important water to our many, many plants. More than 250 varieties!

For now, though, we want to showcase just a few glimpses of life on the farm during the past few weeks.