To say that I love food is a bit of an understatement. My love of food goes much deeper than just the way something tastes or smells, or how it fills me up. I like to know the backstory and history of what I’m eating: how it was grown or produced, where it came from and what exactly it’s made of. I will spend a few extra bucks to make sure what I’m buying is sustainable and ethically treated. And, whenever possible, I prefer to purchase foods that are seasonal and local. You can find a guide to seasonal food here.
Every town I’ve lived in has had a weekly Farmers Market (or several different Farmers Markets) and/or local farms that will sell produce, meat, eggs, etc. directly to consumers. I remember my mom taking me to the local farm stand each summer to buy (and even pick) seasonal fruits and thinking that there was just something so special about that. My love of farm-to-table cuisine has only grown stronger over the years (and admittedly, I’m a bit of a snob about it). Luckily, there are a plethora of farms right near where I live and there are Farmers Markets and farm-stands open every day of the week.
I recently visited one of my favorite local farms to pick up some seasonal produce and check out what they had growing. Isabelle Farm is located just outside of Boulder and supplies produce to many of the best restaurants in town. I got to peek inside their greenhouse, where all of the little seeds grow into delicious, beautiful vegetables. Check out these baby cabbage plants!
Isabelle Farm offers an awesome CSA, which is a really great way to have a constant supply of fresh, seasonal produce (especially if you have more than one person living in your house!) for a really great price. They also operate a farmstand, where you can buy produce grown on their farm and many other locally made products (like bread, honey, meats and lotions!). I asked their staff to recommend some vegetables and herbs that were in season and they suggested asparagus and tarragon.