The unbelievable bee and its impact on food

To make a prairie it takes clover and one bee. One clover, and a bee, and revery.Emily DickinsonHere’s a question for you: How much honey does one honeybee produce in its lifetime? Think about it...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

The golden and delectably healthful home-farmed egg

Eggs are available at the Cortez Farmer’s Market again this year and elsewhere in the county. Homegrown eggs, sometimes charmingly referred to as cackleberries, are a welcome treat in any home...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

Farmers market offers chance to buy a share of a dairy herd

By Wendy Watkins The Cortez Farmers Market is in full swing, offering its usual fabulous array of local foods, produce, crafts, meats, canned goods, baked goods, flowers, music and eclectica. Throw...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

Bow and Arrow: Native American grown and Colorado proud

About 12½ miles southwest of Ute-owned Weeminuche Construction on a well-maintained gravel road is a secret hiding in broad daylight. The last stop for the Towaoc-Highline Canal, the end of the...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

Late-coming brassicas are worth the wait

We all know that beauty is merely skin-deep, shaped by a culture obsessed with youth, vigor, and perennial sex appeal. Societal expectations, aided and abetted by aggressive and relentless...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

How to put a bottle of summer on your table

Yesterday was the last day of summer. River rats and Parrothead wannabes, time to turn in your Tevas for a pair of hiking boots. Mountain people, better zip in that liner to your Columbia jacket,...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

Locals offer trusty advice for the new small farmer

I was skimming through some 1980 Small Farmer’s Journals recently before consigning them to the recycle bin, when an article on how to become a small-scale farmer caught my eye.Much of it seemed...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

Cortez's Bluebird Flour stands up to the test of frybread

Our human sense of smell, the olfactory system, holds deep memories for each of us, memories not easily retrieved through our other senses. That whiff of a lingering scent can often trigger...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

Home on the range

“All flesh is grass.”Michael Pollan, Omnivore’s DilemmaFarmers and ranchers grow food and raise meat. They’re also in the business of growing grass.Animals are part of a food chain in which grass...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

Newcomers at the farmers market

One of the beauties of the Cortez Farmers Market is the cycle of veteran vendors returning season after season.Each year we get to know them a little better and watch their produce selection adapt...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

Learn family secrets at farmers market

All families have secrets. The reason they are secrets is because they are unpleasant, unflattering, embarrassing, painful, often scandalous, sometimes dangerous, and always weighted with time and...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

The dirty life

“As much as you transform the land by farming, farming transforms you.”Kristan KimballIn her book “The Dirty Life,” Kristan Kimball lays bare the realities of farming 500 acres in upstate New York...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet