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.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Closer Look at Buckhorn’s Braising Mix
Here at Buckhorn, we are committed to giving all of our CSA members nutritionally dense foods all year round. During the winter, one of the most popular items we offer are a variety of salad green mixes. This week, I wanted to take a closer look at Buckhorn’s braising mix, which contains all or any combination of the following greens: broccoli leaves, tatsoi, cabbage, kale, pak choi, Swiss chard, and arugula. Green, leafy vegetables have long been understood to provide a whole array of vitamins and minerals that aid in the proper functioning of the human body. As a human nutrition and foods major, I was curious to see just what these foods actually contain and why our bodies need them! Let’s take a closer look at each of these powerful veggies:
Broccoli leaves – Until a couple weeks ago, I didn’t even know these were edible! I tossed the small leaves into a salad and found they tasted just like the florets (though I’m not really sure what I was expecting?). Broccoli leaves actually contain very high levels of anti-oxidants, Vitamin A and beta-carotene. The leaves have Vitamin C levels several times greater than the florets themselves and even contain some phytonutrients that aren’t found in the florets at all.   
Tatsoi – While this is one of the lesser-known vegetables, tatsoi is one of the largest powerhouse vegetables there is! Weight-for-weight, it contains more vitamin C than oranges and twice as much calcium as milk. In one cup, it provides your recommended daily intake for Vitamin A and C. It has even been recommended for women who are pregnant because of the high amount of folate it contains. 
Cabbage – The cabbage that has found its way into our braising mix is the Mammoth Red Rock variety. Red cabbage has been shown time and time again to be nutritionally superior to most green varieties. One study suggests that the vitamin C content in red cabbage is 6-8 times greater than green cabbage. Vitamin C and other antioxidants prevent free radicals from damaging our cells.
Kale – As a member of the Cruciferae family (which include many other vegetables found in our braising mix) kale contains high levels of fiber, iron, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, and calcium. It’s no wonder why this vegetable has been the focus of many health experts in recent years.
Pak Choi – This Chinese cabbage contains high levels of omega-3s and zinc. Like the other cruciferous vegetables, it contains many cancer-preventative properties, high levels of fiber to slow cholesterol absorption, and high levels of antioxidants.
Swiss chard – Displaying some of the most colorful leaves we’ve seen on the farm, this vegetable contains a unique compound called syringic acid, which inhibits an enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates. This vegetable is often recommended for diabetic patients because the slowed breakdown of carbohydrates helps maintain a more stable blood sugar level. In addition, chard contains high levels of calcium, which promotes bone health.
Arugula – It took me a while to appreciate the peppery taste behind this vegetable, but it is now one of my favorite additions of any salad! Like other green, leafy vegetables, it contains high levels of antioxidants and folic acid. Unlike some other greens, arugula contains low levels of oxalates, which are compounds known to inhibit the absorption of minerals.

At Buckhorn Gardens, our hope is not only to provide our CSA members with fresh vegetables, but to give our members confidence in making healthy food decisions as well. This begins with knowing what is in the food we eat and how it affects our bodies. With Buckhorn Gardens, you can be assured that your vegetables are ‘more-ganically’ grown to boost nutrient-density and encourage healthy, chemical-free food. Even Gizmo can’t keep his paws off our vegetables! ~Catherine

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Buckhorn gang has chosen their top 5 pics of fall, enjoy!

Catherine Captures...
 What's Fall without a Feast? Thanksgiving celebration
 Alpen-dome-glow with Gizmo taking a break at the end of the shift!
 Ridgway Noel Night
 Catherine leading the line to the Walpini!

 Mars grows...for winter edibility!

Pat's Picks
 You see some mighty sunset horizons perched below Buckhorn Mountain
 Arugula and spinach, not going gently into that good night whilst raging against the dying of the light!
 Flavor saving the taste of the cherry tomatoes for the future...
 Mars and Scorpio aglow
The Dome-ship has landed! 

Eli's Elite

 Interlopers at the intern house, cheeky!
 Fall, always good for a fresh dusting of the white
 Bed building in the Walpini
 A snowy sun window before the setting...
Another sun sets at the gardens...

Joe's Jewels
 Wershin' and spinnin' the salad
 A fresh fall harvest of arugula and lettuce
 Eat Local(s)!
 Pat pluckin' potatoes a-plently!
Rosemary and Bay standing tall

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

Update: Buckhorn finished a close 2nd in the People's Choice Awards!

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