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, 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...

Saturday, June 27, 2015

At least 3 colors of 'taters guaranteed in this week's share! Red, White and a jingoistic Blue!

Kale and swiss chard await a spot on your plate...

A close-up of the colorful chard
Our walipini companions, basil and tomatoes (the latter, not in this share) with peppers on the right


Getting the dirt ready for some winter squash...
Hope to see you guys sign up for this week's share or come see us at the Telluride Market on July 3!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My group of summer camp Voyagers taking a tour (horrible photo!!!)

Kelsey, tilling the day away, working the soil for bean planting

Gold at the end of the rainbow? Or leprechauns?!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Greetings Friends,
Welcome back to the blogger-sphere! We have much to tell about the goings on at the gardens...First, we were featured in the Montrose newspaper in an article about local CSAs recently. We continue to provide produce to restaurants like Butcher and the Baker, The Peaks, Hongas, La Cocina, catering companies, a food truck and to our CSA. We thoroughly enjoyed attending the snowy Mountain Film Fest Market and Ice Cream Social last month. The Gardens have an enthusiastic group of budding interns looking to delve deep into soil with blood, sweat, and tears for your edible delights! We will be updating the New Agrarian section to introduce you to the new crew. We have a group of 5-12 year olds coming to visit the farm next week. A solid group of people have been volunteering on the farm, from ex-interns to CSA members! We will be re-locating the goats to the gardens to join our brood of chickens, to give it a more farmy feel! We look forward to seeing you at the Telluride Farmers' Market periodically this summer. We are really pushing for a big fall harvest, so be ready... And now to the meat of the blog, what do we have in the field on offer for you our loyal customers? Tomatoes, eggplants, okra, melons, potatoes, onions, leeks, garlic, carrots, turnips, beets, asian greens, mustards, peppers, cucumbers, chard, celeriac, celery, lettuce, peas, beans, radishes, spinach, herbs, flowers, plants for seed (carrots, celeriac, onions, mustards, spinach, kale, chard, yams, parsley, etc...), and I might have missed a few. As always, we strive to provide a bountiful variety of each veggie, for example, the other day we planted 300 plus hot, sweet, drying, and unique peppers. Please feel free to email with questions, comments or concerns. We would love to have you stop by for a gander, to see where the magic happens, or perhaps you'd like to volunteer.