I have a soft-spot for Boulder and I can’t deny that. A lot of that is because of the great food we eat when we go up there and it seems as though there’s always something fun to do. I visited 63rd Street Farm with my husband one Thursday evening and we arrived while they were starting to wrap up their CSA market stand.
Amanda and Brian along with their children own, run, and live on this Certified Naturally Grown farm which is just minutes away from downtown Boulder. They are very passionate about developing a relationship with the community and are very open to visitors. In the 5 years that they’ve been on the farm, they’ve worked hard to renovate and build. They have also provided produce to various local Boulder restaurants for 3 years and 2010 is their first year having a CSA. They also have a retreat center in order to help them promote healthy and sustainable living through permaculture education. 63rd Street Farm is about 6 acres, but they also keep couple or few acres in cultivation.
The sun was just starting to set, so after we introduced ourselves to everyone we walked around the farm so that I could take some photographs. What is amazing about this farm is that they have completely renovated old barns into a beautiful home for them to live in and also the retreat center. They have 2 pygmy goats (for the “cute factor” and also to encourage children to connect with animals), chickens, ducks, and grow 80 or so different types of vegetables. Their CSA is 65 members strong and for their first year, that’s very impressive.
We were also lucky enough to try some of their wood fired pizza, which they provide in collaboration with Laudisio, which Brian makes in a homemade portable wood burning oven. Every Thursday when CSA members come to pick up their share, they are able to purchase inexpensive pizza pies topped with delicious farm fresh vegetables and other toppings. Blake and Tracy of Settembre Cellars also come by on Thursday evenings and bring their wines to sell. As if this CSA pick-up isn’t great enough as it is! This was the first time I tried Settembre wines and I’m now a big fan.
I think if we lived much closer, I would be at the farm a lot. But I’m happy to have had a really wonderful visit and hope to be up there again sometime soon!
For more information about 63rd Street Farm CSA, events, or any other inquiries e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org