The summer farmers’ markets may have left with the warm weather, but that doesn’t mean that your devotion to locally grown food has to disappear too. As you plan your Thanksgiving menu this month, make a visit to some of Longmont’s local farms whose plethora of fresh produce and poultry will make for tasty (and healthy) additions to your dinner.
Serving many of your vegetable needs, Ollin Farms is the place to go for winter squash, which is a nearly-mandatory accompaniment to any fall meal. Grown without those annoying GMOs, this squash is in its prime and ready to be made into pies, side dishes, or inspired centerpieces for the table.
Equally as important as squash, are those root vegetables. Underground delectables such as carrots, parsnips, and root parsley, are full of flavor and compliment meals as colorful side dishes. Stock up on these, along with other veggie necessities at Pachamama’s Organic Farm’s stand.
Then, there is the bird. Many local stores offer free range turkeys, but they’re often brought in from other states. If you are a true devotee to locally grown food, head to Long Shadow Farm. There, you can choose from two different breeds of turkeys that are raised on site, and while they get your selection ready to take home, you can check out their chickens and produce.
Ollin Farms: 8627 N. 95th Street, Longmont
Farm stand dates/times: Sunday, 11am-3pm
Pachamama Organic Farm: 10771 N. 49th Street, Longmont
Farm stand dates/times: Saturday, Nov. 16th, 12-4pm
Sunday, Nov. 24th, 10am-2pm
Long Shadow Farm: 101 Bothun Road, Berthoud
Open farm dates/times: Saturdays in Nov., 2-5pm
Sundays in Nov., 10am-2pm