In the flat expanses of northern Colorado, about 30 miles east of the foothills, sits Strohauer Farms. Here, on 3,000 acres of land outside the small town of La Salle, third-generation farmer Harry Strohauer and his dedicated team cultivate corn and specialty onions such as shallots and cipollini. But their most famous crop is potatoes. They grow mainstay types like russet, red, Yukon Gold, and Purple Majesty, along with four fingerling varieties: Russian Banana, Rose Finn, French, and Purple Peruvian. The first generation of Strohauer Farms put down roots in the Greeley area in the early 1900s when Harry’s grandfather (who had 10 sons!) began working the land. In the 1930s, Harry’s father moved the farming operation to its current […]
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Working alongside his father near Longmont, Dave Asbury dug into farming at age 11. Although he never set out to become a farmer, he did study agricultural education at Colorado State University with the thought of teaching. After working at a friend’s wholesale produce business after college, he finally took the plunge in 1984, purchasing 50 acres along Highway 66 in Longmont and starting a pumpkin patch. Today, Dave and a staff of seven operate Full Circle Farms on 1,100 acres, partly owned and partly leased in an often-challenging growing environment, the high-country desert. Working in fields that boast fabulous view of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Longs Peak, Dave and his team use eco-friendly, USDA-certified organic methods such as rotating […]
Door to Door Organics Locavore’s Guide to Eating in Season is an at-a-glance calendar that makes it easy to eat locally & in season, which ensures you’re eating the most nutritious & delicious available. Find out when our most popular local produce will be at its peak & meet the farmers who grow all this delicious Good Food.
If you’ve ever eaten sourdough bread, yogurt, or sauerkraut, you’ve enjoyed some form of fermented food. One variety called lacto-fermentation creates foods that are literally alive with probiotic microbes, which aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients. Often slightly fizzy, they also tend to boast spunky, downright sassy flavor. “Kids really like our foods,” says Mara King, resident chef and COO of Ozuké, a Lafayette, Colo.-based company that excels at all things pickled. Mara and her founding business partner, Willow King (no relation), love offering samples of their organic foods at local farmer’s markets and watching kids (and grownups) try fermented foods for the first time. It was this excitement of creating kimchi and live, raw kraut in their home kitchens—and […]
If you haven’t yet tried a fresh, locally made whoopie pie from Inglorious Monk Bakery, prepare yourself for a religious experience. Frustrated with the shortage of delicious allergen-free desserts in stores, Nancy Coppom of Longmont, Colo., started making gluten-free whoopie pies for her family, then friends. Having grown up near Pennsylvania’s Amish Country, where the whoopie pie was invented, she decided to create a gluten-free version. The results were unique and delicious. Word spread and soon a local restaurant owner called, wondering if she could supply a gluten-free dessert. Nancy dropped off samples of her chocolate whoopie pie—and didn’t make it back to her car before the owner (who’d just tasted one) ran out to place an order. Thus, in […]
For many of its participants, to know Sister Carmen Community Center is to know the way home. This well-respected Lafayette, Colo.-based family resource center provides assistance to over 2,500 families in need—a number that can soar even higher during the holidays. Established in 1978, Sister Carmen Community Center (SCCC) serves Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, and East Boulder by operating a food bank, community garden, and thrift store and by offering a variety of classes to help people get back on their feet and to a place of self-sufficiency and dignity. “There isn’t anyone we serve who isn’t courageous,” says Basic Needs Program Manager Sarah Jensen. Taking a holistic, strength-based approach, SCCC provides a range of assistance including food, clothing, housing stabilization, […]