Located at the base of Buckhorn Mountain at 6700' elevation, Buckhorn Gardens is a small, organic vegetable farm 13mi. south of Montrose, Colorado. Our farm is an active part of a 12,000 acre ranch; however, we only manage 3 acres with intensive vegetable gardening.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The crew would like to give you a tour of all the fruits of her labor and we could not do it without your continued support. Thanks!
There have been some awful nice sunrises...
 Some celery will make it into CSA boxes soon...
 A lovely flower bed on south side of the walipini
 An herb bed on the south side of the Wala-pini!
 Catherine at the goat stanchion milking away
 Mustards, Arugula, lettuce, and carrots germinating under row cover on left
 Late season onions still in the ground
Garlic was grown in the forefront and there are a few more taters to dig up near the dome
What's in the dome? Tons of broccoli!
 Broccoli in sunrise light
 Broccoli interspersed with lettuce
 Fig tree has been bearing well this year
 Bay tree overtowering the rosemary bush
 We just moved indoors recently, planting broccoli interspersed with lettuce (some direct seeded and some transplanted)
 This field has kohlrabi, mustards, swiss chard, kale, carrots, asian greens, and arugula
 A life blood on the farm, the compost pile! Reduce, reuse, recycle
 Onions curing in the soon to be filled high tunnel
 Cucumbers still producing and cantaloupes on the left make for a lovely fragrance in Polaris, our northern high tunnel
 Winter Squash on the left and right with hot peppers sandwiched in the middle!
 400 or so tomato plants (cherries on the right; heirlooms on the left) bearing a mass amount of fruit these days, trying to beat the cold nights
 Tomato bird's eye view, carrots planted on both sides of each row!
 The 150' long walipini (2 rows of tomatoes in the middle)
 A row of sweet peppers against the 20' buried northern wall of the walipini
 Okra loves the midday sauna heat of the walipini!
 Goofy Rocky and pensive Zen, what bothers her so?!
 The  new winter goat abode in the 'Boneyard'
 Once the tire is PUMPED UP and the fields are harvested, this contraption will be our mobile chicken home, moving to and fro around the farm, letting the chickens gorge on the green and bugs! We use a solar electric fence to keep them confined.
Picked up some 2-3 month old chicks for future egg production

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Savour the San Juans
Have you guys got your tickets yet? Click on the image to get involved. Buckhorn is again participating in this marvelous culinary foody event this Sunday, September 13th from 10:30-4 (click for event schedule). Local chefs are paired with farms, and this year we will be producing a lovely dish with Chef Roberta Masden from Remington's Restaurant. We will be setting up shop at one of the six homes that will be showcased with the food to mix and mingle with you guys! It's a great event to meet like-minded locals, eat local, and support the Valley Food Partnership to continue to put on events like this one. See you there!

Farmer's market season is winding down, so come see us and all the other hard working vendors at the following markets:

Ridgway 9/11
Montrose 9/12
Tellruide 9/18
Montrose 9/19

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hola Fellow Foodies,
Good stuff in your garden growing...? Well, the farm has been bustling recently with late summer planting, harvesting, weeding, taste testing, and keeping the tierra madre moist with nothing but the best water around, straight from the mountians guarding the gardens.

Did you know that Buckhorn uses mountain water during the spring and summer to nutrify your lovely produce? We keep our pond full adjacent to the garden and then pump it to all the veggies, herbs and flowers. We just put in this new irrigation system last summer and it even enables us to fertigate the whole garden with our secret recipe (wink, wink!) of compost tea!

This irrigation system and the newly built walpini were two very large investments Buckhorn has made to bring you the best nutrient dense local produce year-round, not to many farms around doing this year round. The walpini is 150 feet long and about 20 feet wide which doing the math means a lot of indoor growing space for our ever changing and long lasting winter season.

How can you invest in a local farm? 

1. Buy a share every so often (most consumers like this approach) when we send out our newsletters.

2. Buy a yearly share of $100, 250, 500, 750, or $1000. (Farms prefer these type of committments and need these type of investments to cover labour, seed and fertilizer cost, new infrastructures, utilities, etc...) Please click on the CSA section for more information.

3. Stop by the local farmer's markets and utilize some of our delicious delights in your kitchen for a taste test!

We've got the greeens coming your way shortly! The crew has been in overdrive recently planting here, there, and everywhere. We have planted some beets, swiss chard, kale, mustards, tons of lettuce, spinach, kohlrabi, endive, carrots, turnips, radishes, and arugula.

Buckhorn was lucky to have two college students come for a week, camp, and work to their heart's content. A big thanks to Madyson and Cole!

Although we are not full time at any local farmer's markets, we have been getting around the western slope! We have been at the last 2 Saturday Montrose Farmer's Markets and will be going to Ridgway's this Friday the 14th, Montrose's on Saturday, and Telluride next Friday the 21st.

What's up with the summer CSA? We will be getting back into action with a box on Friday the 21st which will include peppers, tomatoes (cherries, heirlooms and hybrids), eggplants, spring onions, scallions, leeks, garlic, potatoes and herbs! You should be able to concoct quite a few superb meals from that share.

We have added some new recipes (Eggplant parm anyone?) recently and have updated the New Agrarian section to include the current crop of farmers you are sponsoring, so check out these sections on our blog.

The farm has just started this week taking our market/wholesale leftovers that we can't eat to the local food bank in Montrose and have donated 70 pounds this week! We are going to try and collect from other farms at the end of the markets to get this food to the people, although it's going to be to the detriment of Rocky and Zen's (our goats) and the chickens' diet and the compost pile's girth at our farm!

Please feel free to email us if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or if you want to stop by to weed and pick the ever burgeoning tomato patch!

Again, I can't reiterate how thankful we are for your support throughout the year: CSA members, farmer's market wayfarers, and restaurants (The Peaks, Honga's, Four Corner's Cafe, Montrose Bistro, Eatery 66 and Butcher and the Baker).  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Namaste ladies and gents,
July, right in the thicket of summer, has been just right, goldilocks-style, here at Buckhorn Gardens: a touch of rain, thunder, and lightening, dewy mornings, lovely sunrises and sunsets upon the dome and high tunnels with sunflowers pointing the way to 'el sol', and temp swings that benefit our ever growing crops for your future edible pleasure.

We harvested garlic about 3 weeks ago and it is curing quite perfectly in the penthouse of the barn! Look for it in your next share (8/14), come get some at the farm (shoot us an email first) or at local farmers' markets (7/31 at Telluride Farmer's Market). It will hopefully be on offer until late winter...???

The cucumbers in the high tunnel are yielding a fierce amount of poundage so get them while they are ripe and ready.

Bunching onions/scallions and leeks are ready to rock and roll and were harvested last week. Look for them in your next share (8/14), come get some at the farm (shoot us an email first) or at local farmers' markets (7/31 at Telluride Farmer's Market).

The tomatoes (cherries mostly) are turning for employee sponsored random taste tasting and will be availible soon...Many are already testing the strength of our trellises, which is some good news for us all!

Peppers are bursting forth in the field and in the walpini. We planted sweet, hot and of course some unique varieties for your shares and to colour our market table! Look for them in your next share and at the market.

The crew has really enjoyed the Telluride Farmers' markets in July and wishes to thank everyone there, vendors, wayfarers, and fellow farmers (High Dessert Seed, Canyon of the Ancients, Wild Mesa Farm, Tomten Farm, Indian Ridge Farm, White Buffalo Farm, First Fruits and Abundant Life Farm)!

See y'all soon...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Greetings and Salutations y'all,
We have got some more goodies for you this week. Another CSA is coming your way this Friday and the crew is looking forward to another Telluride Farmers' Market on Friday also. The boxes this week will feature cucumbers, a double portion of carrots and taters, salad, kale, basil, rosemary, sage, and mint. We welcome you to sign up for our year-round, commitment-free CSA by either sending us an email, gardens@buckhornmountain.com or going to our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/buckhorn.gardens  and clicking on one of the shares we have offered in the past and then hit the subscribe button. You will then be able to receive our CSA newsletters via Mailchimp. Thanks for your continued support for your local farmers! 

Eggplants will feature soon in our CSA box
Purple peppers will be picked soon by Peter Piper!!
Purple tomatoes will also feature in future CSA boxes
Unique Indian cucumbers (Poona Kheera)

Cucumbers will be in this week's CSA!

More cool cucs!

Leeks, red, white, brown, and bunching onions are all thriving!

The potatoes are all in full blossom...

Our garlic we planted late January is about ready for a cure...