Grilled Salmon Salad with Strawberries

Amy Kafka of Garden Sweet in Fort Collins has been farming since 2002 on leased land, growing a little bit of everything and introducing the strawberries for which she’s famous in 2003.  Farming leased land leaves a farmer vulnerable.  Losing the lease means loss of livelihood unless new land with water can be found quickly.  I know of one farmer whose lease would not be renewed, and before she could … Continue reading

Asparagus Wontons and Wild Salmon and Asparagus Salad

Asparagus is a surprise member of the lily family, along with onions, garlic, leeks and chives.  It grows from a rhizome, or crown, planted almost 12 inches deep in any soil with good drainage.  Asparagus hates wet feet!  In Colorado, an asparagus bed can produce for about 20 years without replanting, a very attractive attribute.  The bad news is that there is no real harvest for about 3 years in … Continue reading

Locally Raised Tilapia

Crisp heads of emerald romaine, pale oak leaf, along with bags of red and green butter lettuces greeted the customers at the indoor market last Saturday.  Really fresh lettuce in wintertime is a dream come true for salad aficionados in northern Colorado, and it’s coming from a greenhouse smack dab in the middle of neighboring Laporte.  Grown in an aquaponic system—not hydraponic, which relies on inorganic chemical fertilizers, and not … Continue reading

Add Fish to Your Diet

This year, add fish to your diet.   Cold-water fish are especially good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, and the fat-soluble vitamins A and D.  Vitamin A comes in two forms: preformed vitamin A comes from animals, found in butter, egg yolks, organ meats, and fish and their oils.  Provitamin A is found in yellow, orange, red, and dark green leafy vegetables, and the carotenes in these foods must be converted … Continue reading