Lettuce

ImageThe lettuces we grow are primarily heirloom. This means their variety comes from seed stocks carried for over a century from family gardeners who grew and saved seed as a way of living. This practice not only assures farmers they will have seed the following planting season, but also serves to strengthen a seed line unique to its own bio-region.

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s seed saving was a major practice of homesteading farmers in America. Lettuce varieties from England, France, Austria/Germany and more came to the US and were grown in little pockets by small farm agriculturists and we are blessed to still have some of the once thousands of varieties grown by gardeners of centuries past who role modeled our current seed saving efforts which began in the early 80’s.

Storing Lettuce

Looseleaf and butterhead lettuce taste best if eaten shortly after harvest. The excess keeps well in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks if you harvest the leaves, roll them up in moistened, thick paper towels, and put them in an unsealed plastic bag or container. Store at cool temperatures (32° F), and 95% relative humidity. Crisphead types will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Use a lettuce spinner or paper towels to eliminate most of the moisture remaining from washing the lettuce before storing in the plastic bag or container. The lettuce will remain crisp for a longer time. Lettuce cannot be canned or frozen.

Did you know?

Organic farmers and experts in India organized to address the agriculture crisis facing the nation's 700 million farmers. Poor yields, degraded soils, and expensive chemical inputs arising from the cultivation of pesticide intensive crops, including genetically engineered cotton, have devastated India's rural economy. Crop failures and crushing debt led over 300 Indian farmers to commit suicide between May and July. To address this crisis, farmers from all over the country joined together August 2, 2006 to create the "Organic Vision 2020," a long term strategy to shift the country's farming focus back to ecological and traditional organic practices.

Quotes

"The fight to save family farms isn't just about farmers. It's about making sure that there is a safe and healthy food supply for all of us. It's about jobs, from Main Street to Wall Street. It's about a better America."

~Willie Nelson

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    Where We Are

    Spring is Coming!
    Thursdays are open for visitation. We are packing seed orders and chatting it up with friends and family. In addition to eggs and seeds, there are also dry beans and some root stocks floating around and available. The home farm is located at 10145 Oxford Rd. We hope to see you soon!

    303-485-7818

    info@eatabbo.org

      Boulder Farmers Market re-opens Saturdays on April 2 from 8-2 and Wednesdays on May 4 from 4-8

      This year we will also have seeds at the Longmont Farmer's Market for the first 6 markets.

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