One of our favorite times of the year is when the local Boulder Farmers' Market is open. With the increasing draw and demand for farm-to-table restaurants and locally grown food we wanted to spread the love and feature the Boulder Farmers' Market.
Local farmers teamed with four university students in 1986 in the collaboration, research, and start up for locations, staffing, permits, etc. The non-profit market now makes enough money to maintain the market while the excess is donated to local non-profit agricultural and community projects.
Farm to Table (photo credit: Boulder County's Farmers' Market website)
We have made it a welcomed routine to venture to the market after work, (since we are only a few blocks away and who doesn't want to walk around Boulder on a beautiful day) and peruse the delicious local produce and search for incredible treasures. One of my personal favorites is a local vendor that makes apple chutney. It is addictive so now I cook with it at least once a week. A well-known treat at the market is also the abundance of homemade salsa. Hard to resist. For updated news for the markets just check out their Facebook page.
The farm-to-table philosophy is the keystone to the increasingly popular restaurant just off of Pearl Street, The Black Cat. Also a vendor at the Boulder Farmer's Market, The Black Cat farm and restaurant harvests all produce for flavor and not for transportation. On the 130-acre farm you will find free range chickens, turkeys, lambs, and pigs in addition to their produce. Due to the changing nature of farming the menu at The Black Cat also changes daily - offering an incredible array of flavors to satisfy your pallet. Make sure to like their Facebook page to keep updated on all of their delicious creations!
(Photo Credit: The Black Cat website)
The KK Team had the pleasure of dining at The Black Cat, and it exceeded all expectations - which were incredibly high to begin with. Our dinner included, Brussels sprouts, scallops, lamb, and salads.
Farm-to-table goes beyond supporting local agriculture by also reinforcing a healthy lifestyle that endorses the importance of proper farming techniques that will not harm animals or use pesticides. As a fellow Boulder based company we encourage you to browse your local farmer's market to see what you find.