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Written by Linda Hayes   
Boulder Farmers MarketIt was all about greens at last week's Boulder County Farmers' Market in downtown Boulder, Colorado. Piles of mustard greens and Egyptian walking onions from Red Wagon Organic Farm in Longmont. Pails of baby arugula, mixed lettuces and spicy greens from Black Cat Farm-Table-Bistro, an edgy little restaurant a few blocks away whose owners also run an organic farm just outside the city. (Note:We recently postedan interview with Black Cat chef -- and farmer -- Eric Skokan). Baskets of Bordeaux spinach, chives and other herbs from Toohey & Sons Farm in Hygiene.

'Alright by us,' my husband and I agreed as we packed up what we could into our cooler bag, knowing that it needed to survive the trip back home to Aspen. It had been a long, wet, chilly spring in the high country, Boulder included at 5,344 feet. We were overjoyed to see the early season crops from local farmers looking so perky and promising.

Boulder Farmers Market greensThe Boulder County Farmer's Market is a Colorado nonprofit corporation founded in 1987. This year, 150 professional farmers, weekend farmers, backyard gardeners and others will participate, hauling their harvest into town every Saturday morning from 8:30-2 p.m. and Wednesday afternoon from 4-8 p.m., from the first Saturday in April through the third Saturday in November -- the longest farmer's market season in Colorado.

Making our way through the stands, we also picked up a few pots of mint and lemon thyme from the Fresh Herb Company in Longmont and admired their hanging strawberry and yellow daisy baskets. Cartons of perfect organic tree oyster and shiitake mushrooms from Hazel Dell in Fort Collins and Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy cheeses looked mighty fine, too. They, and all of the sweet bounty to come, must wait for another day.

 
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