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Festival of Flavor Series
Celebrating the Culture of Food



Summer Squash
The unique history of this vegetable deserves a celebration.  While squashes are native to Meso-America, most of the summer varieties were selectively bred in Italy and France using seeds from the New World.  The result was prolific plants, whose fruits are harvested and enjoyed at an immature age.  Ollin Farms grows 9 varieties of summer squash, from the traditional zucchini, to patty pans, to the heirloom Costata Romanesco.  Our favorite is the Ronde de Nice (pictured above)

If their had to be one vegetable designated the symbol for the local food movement, it would probably be the heirloom tomato. In 2012, Ollin Farms will be planting 37 varieties of tomatoes, from slicers to cherries to plum tomatoes.  Our nutrient dense sandy loam soil is perfect for growing mouth watering tomatoes and last year we were crowned the "best tomatoes in the county", sweeping the tomato categories at the Boulder County Fair.  Some new varieties that we are trying this year are Indigo Rose, Aunt Ruby's German Green, Valencia, and Black Krim.  The tomato festival will be a great chance to sample different varieties and discover your new favorite.

The festival of flavor series is a chance to come together as a community and celebrate the different vegetables that have played a role in shaping our culture.  By "celebrate" we mean tasting, playing, and learning as we trace the history of these of vegetables and explore the heirloom varieties that have been enjoyed for generations.


July 15th - Squash Festival
September 2nd - Tomato Festival
September 16th - Chile Festival
October 14th - Pumpkin Festival



Festival Details
Festivals will run from Noon-4pm
 at the Ollin Farmstand

Activities Include:
Variety Tasting
Chef Demos
Farm Tours

Cost: Free!




Perhaps no vegetable has shaped the culture of the southwest as much as the chile.  Ollin Farms is trialing a lot of chile varieties in 2012.  We'll be growing our own Poblanos and Anaheims for roasting as well as a Hatch Sandia variety we gathered seeds for on a winter road-trip.  For those that prefer a spicier adventure, we will also be growing heirloom varieties such as Fish, Habanero, and Lemon Drop (pictured here).



Edible Pumpkins have a history in Colorado that dates back to the first agricultural communities of the region.  Both beautiful in appearance and fun in the kitchen, this is another vegetable that deserves celebration.  We love how the names of these heirloom pumpkins are as rich as their flavor: Marina di Chioggia, Musquee de Provence, and Valenciano (pictured here).





2012 Ollin Farms