You can’t eat any more local than the fresh produce from the 11-acre urban agricultural haven known as Growing Gardens.
Situated next to the North Boulder Rec Center at the old Long’s Gardens site, “Growing Gardens is the last piece of agriculturally zoned property in Boulder proper and is Boulder’s most local CSA,” says Megan Reehl, Growing Gardens operations coordinator.
Local Bonanza – Summer Cooking Classes
Even if you don’t have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share of Growing Garden’s bounty grown on its 3-acre Cultiva Fields, you can still enjoy the most local food Boulder has to offer.
On four summer evenings, 15 lucky guests will sit in the cool evening air of the farm and learn Chef Michael Montgomery’s delicious methods for preparing fresh produce at their peak of ripeness, while overlooking where the food was grown. In these Garden to Table Cooking Classes, participants sample every dish they cook, grazing throughout the night.
Learn a Little, Eat Along the Way
As one of Growing Gardens adult classes, the cooking series is part lecture, part demonstration, and perfect for group parties, business bonding events, appreciation gifts, and a girls night out.
Now in its third summer, this season four sessions are offered Thursday evenings from 6 – 8:30 p.m. “It’s a really wonderful, interactive, educational process,” says Ms. Reehl.
June 25th: Spinach Salad with a Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette, Rabe and Turnip Frittata, Beet Burgers with Arugula Pesto. Subject to change based on seasonal offering.
Dates: 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
A graduate of Kendall Culinary School in Chicago, Michael has been a Chef Instructor at the Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder for the past 7 years and learned to grow food as an intern at Growing Gardens in 2013.
Find out more about this summer’s Garden to Table Cooking Classes.
CSA Members: What’s in Your First Food Share?
Tonight is the first pick-up night for the 66 lucky members of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which is in its fourth season. Shareholders will walk, bike, bus, and drive to pick-up their week’s worth of salad mix, scallions, shallots, overwintered super tasty spinach, and either kale or chard, haukeri turnips or radishes, fresh garlic or garlic scapes.
The CSA produce is grown on three acres known as Cultiva Fields. Each CSA share provides enough produce for two to four people, so those 3 acres feed 132 – 264 people for 20 weeks.
“It’s a very heavily managed property to be able to get that yield. A full-time staff member who plans the gardening areas and works to maximize the yield of the property,” says Reehl.
During growing and harvesting season, “ a small army” tends the garden with “60 middle and high school youth that come out as part of an educational program but get a stipend as well so it’s also a summer job,” notes Reehl.
The newest inhabitants of Growing Gardens are the 100 or so fruit trees planted this spring – including apple, peach, pear, plum, apricot, and cherry. While the goal is to offer a full fruit share in the coming years, Reehl says the orchard will help people understand the yield of the various trees and serve as a resource to pollinator’s frequenting the pollinator garden planted outside the orchard gate.
Growing Gardens is the home of a variety of gardening activities, including:
- Boulder’s largest community garden, Hawthorn Garden,
- Cultiva Fields and Cultiva Youth Project,
- Children’s Peace Garden,
- Able Garden,
- a 400 sq foot greenhouse, and
- a newly planted 100-tree fruit orchard.
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