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Cooler weather = Food Preservation !
We have been getting wake up calls with the recent cool weather. WINTER IS COMING ! Save summer produce by freezing and canning. By following established procedures, you will have noticeably better tasting fruits and vegetables this winter. Green Beans and Peaches are particularly easy to freeze. Fortunately, winter squashes keep in a cool place with no special requirements.
C & R Fruits has lovely Peaches, Pears, Plums, Apples plus some jams, jellies and ciders.
Our Chile Roaster ( at Miller Farms ) has broken his knee, and is iffy on roasting any more this season. Fortunately, chiles are easy to blister at home, either on a grill, or under the broiler. Be sure to turn them frequently, and put them into a paper bag for 5 minutes after they are evenly browned/blackened. The skins will peel easily. Freeze a lot for Green Chile Stew this winter !
Archway Foal Rescue will be bringing Poquito and Guido ( their Ambassador mini-donkeys). Drop by their booth and find how you can help abandoned foals.
Croft Family Farm will expand to FIVE spaces this weekend. According to Steven, EVERYTHING is ripe and ready ! This may be the last weekend for them to be bringing ORGANIC SWEET CORN .
Thanks to a grant from the US Department of Agriculture we at Drake Road Farmers' Market can honor EBT cards ( food stamps). This is a great way to get great fruits and vegetables directly from the growers. We also sell $ 5.00 tokens good at any vendor.
Last week for Biscuit Barkery of Northern Colorado.
Returning is Kaleb's Katch ( frozen seafood ) and Blue Ribbon BBQ. Blue Ribbon will be selling smoked ribs and breakfast burritos.
New vendors include Rich ( BBQ Sauces ), Ms Benavides ( Dia de La Muertos Art ), and Sonia ( African Baked goods ).
Free kid's activity by T R Paul Acadamy of Arts & Knowledgeis a fall tree project.
Blood Drives set up to benefit Garth Englund Blood Center on September 20. Please note that the Bloodmobile will BE here ! As always, Drake Road Farmers' Market will be giving a "do it yourself lunch" (coupon booklet ) to all blood donors. There will be a representative of Garth Englund here on 9/13 to sign up donors.
Sincerely, Nan Zimmerman
Happenings in the Neighborhood
Fruit of the week !
Plums come in such a variety of colors and shapes. I particularly love the Italian Prune Plums for drying.
Drew from Fossil Creek Farms, LLC has been bringing a lovely variety of Heirloom Tomatoes, Winter Squash and Greens.
Hours and Location for 2014
In Larimer County there are now at least five separate Farmers' Markets. The Colorado Agricultural Marketing Cooperative offers markets in Fort Collins and Loveland to local growers and consumers. (Emphasis on local here, as produce is restricted to Larimer, Morgan, Boulder or Weld Counties, with the exception of Western Slope fruit). The County of Larimer offers its own market which is run by its Master Gardener volunteers on Saturday mornings starting in mid May. Please note their return to their "original" location in the Courthouse parking lot. There is also a market on Thursday mornings in Estes Park, and Thursday afternoons in Berthoud The Colorado Department of Agriculture maintains a listing of all the registered farmers' markets in Colorado in its 2014 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory.
|Farm/Business Name||Name||Produce/Items Sold||Contact Information|
|Croft Family Farm LLC||Steve and Michelle Cockroft||Fresh vegetables, produced organically||(970) 356-6166|
|Fossil Creek Farms, LLC||Steve Maitland||Wide range of certified organic veggies from south Fort Collins||(970) 980-4096|
|Meadow Maid Foods||Cindy and Mary Ridenour||Vegetables grown under row covers in Wyoming||(307) 534-2289|
|Miller Family Farms||Chris & Joe Miller||Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Squash, Cabbage, Melons, Green Beans + LOTS MORE !||(970) 785-6133|
|SunRay Natural Farm||Josh & Kirsten Hillhouse||Heritage Lettuces and Gourmet Cooking Greens. Summer Squashes. Old fashioned tomatoes.||(970) 980 9393|
|Flowers and Fruits|
|C & R Farms||Barbie Lytle||Peaches, Pears, Apricots, Plums, Nectarines, Cherries, Apples||(970) 218-6271|
|Homemade Brazilian Sweet Rolls||Adriana Guimaraes||Brazilian Sweet Rolls with Coconut, Cinnamon, Raisins, Pecans or Orange||(970) 691-0839|
|The Flour Bin||Darlene Bosch||Breads, both savory and sweet||(970) 613-0461|
|Simply Baked||Lori Jolli||Quick Breads and Pies||(970) 988-6699|
|Rouxful Gourmet||Sharon & Rebecca Campbell||Cookies, Brownies, Biscones, Breakfast Bars, Quick Breads||(970) 490-1668|
|Meats & Dairy|
|Kaleb's Katch ( Every Other Week )||Kaleb Walker||Sustainably wild caught Alaskan Seafood||(970) 367-3572|
|Living Water Ranch Natural Foods||Shane Elder||Colorado Grass-fed Beef, Lamb, Bison, Eggs||(970) 590-4391|
|Meadow Maid Foods||Cindy and Mary Ridenour||Wyoming Grass-fed Beef, Vegetables||(307) 534-2289|
|Morning Fresh Dairy||Allyx Graves||Noosa Yoghurt, Fresh Milk and Chocolate Milk from Bellvue, CO||(970) 482-5789|
|Cheyenne Honey||Verena Booth||Honey, Honey Candies, & Honey Stix||(307) 630-3915|
|Anija's||Loretta Stevens||Finnish Mustards, Spicy and Sweet||(970) 391-0388|
|Big's BBQ Sauce||Joseph McQuain & Family||BBQ Sauces and Pickles. BBQ Catering available.||(970) 980-3988|
|Gilberto's Gourmet Goodness||Danny Ralls||Gourmet Salsas, Hot Sauces, Bloody Mary Mix, Pickles, Pasta Sauces||(520) 390-3138|
|I Scream Colorado||Cindy Bengtson||Kettle Korn, Cold Beverages||(720) 971-8261|
|Loco Bueno||Greg Greisen||Green Chile made with Turkey Breast||(970)581-1484|
|My Daddy's BBQ Sauce||Loretta Stevens||Regular and Spicy BBQ Sauces||(970) 391-0388|
|Pasta Pazza||Nan Zimmerman||Gourmet Dry Pastas, plus Frozen Raviolis & Sauces from Pappardelle's Pasta in Denver||(970) 218-5521|
|Rose's Creamery||Jim & Tammy Rose||Natural Nut Butters||(303) 646-6469|
|Ten Bears Winery||William Conkling||Wine made in Laporte, Wine Stoppers, T-Shirts, Hats||(970) 566-4043|
|The Biscuit Barkery of Northern Colorado||Val Downing||Pet treats and Pet related Gifts||(970) 430-6181|
|Creative Designs by Molly & Delia||Molly McKeon & Delia LaJeunesse||Earrings, Paintings, Tapestries, Greeting Cards||(720) 209-9715|
|Daybreak Criation||Denise & Ron Haines||Alpaca products: Yarn, Roving, Hats, Scarves, Felted Soaps, Raw fleeces||(970) 484-9420|
|Fusion Massage||Ann Rau||Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage, Hot Weather Chillys||(970) 232-9092|
|Pain Wizard, LLC||Kris Henninger||Pain relieving Cream||(303) 521-0632|
|Rawhide Ranch||Barb Moncrief||Custom dog leashes & collars, leathercrafts.||(970) 690-3043|
|Contact :Nan Zimmerman Drake Road Farmers' Market Manager|
|All vendors offering processed foods ( e.g. breads, salsas, pies, jams, etc.) need to show Health Department compliance unless applying under Cottage Food Act.|
We will offer non-profits space at every market that we have room. Please contact Drake Road Farmers' Market Manager BEFORE coming to market. Non-profits will need to fill out the 2014 Application for Free Space.
We would like to thank Columbine Health Systems for allowing us to use their space.
Copyright © for Drake Road Farmers Market, 2011 by Nancy Zimmerman