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.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The view from inside the Dome on a snowy day

Hello friends,

Winter is slowly approaching here at Buckhorn Gardens. This week, we sadly said goodbye to most of our outdoor veggies. With the heavy snowfall and low temperatures, only a bed of arugula, spinach and some carrots remain. However, what a delight it was to shovel away the snow and uncover the arugula to find these fields of green!
Not to worry though, as many farms are winding down, the Buckhorn crew has been hard at work, prepping and filling up all the high tunnels with your favorite greens. We are happy to say that the last of the greenhouses has been planted with several varieties of spinach, chard, kale, mustards, lettuce, and many more, to fill your CSA orders and your tummies with veggies throughout the winter!
            This week, we also welcomed two new members to the farm family, Big Red and Oreo. This spring, they will help us improve our crop beds by rooting up weeds and add fertility to the soil as they graze. For now, they are busy munching on leftover food scraps and keeping warm during the winter months.

Come by the farm to see our winter operation and meet these little piglets, or come visit us at the Montrose Winter Market from 10-1 most Saturdays!

The Buckhorn Crew

Joe, Patrick, Catherine, Eli, Gizmo

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Winter is not quite here, but the weather is just goldilocks right for chili! This Saturday (11/28) in Montrose from 11-2, Buckhorn will be at the Lark and Sparrow (511 E. Main St.) supporting a great local cause, Partners Mentoring Youth.  This program serves Delta, Montrose, and Ouray area youth by promoting youth development, building a sense of social responsibility and self-esteem; to reduce and prevent delinquency and substance abuse through a variety of services emphasizing volunteer participation and community involvement; to develop youths' skills and abilities so they can make positive changes and become responsible citizens; to increase community awareness of the problems youth face and foster and implement a commitment by the community to solve these problems.

We will be taking my father's recipe and tweaking it a bit with as many farm ingredients as possible to produce an elk (garnered from the hills of Buckhorn Mountain) and a veggie only loaded chili. Come out and support a good cause and fill your bowl as much as your belly desires whilst nourishing your heart in supporting a local charity this Saturday!

The Buckhorn Crew
~Joe, Gizmo, Patrick, Catherine and Eli

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 cabbages!
 Broccoli in sunrise light
 Cabbage 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...