Amidst our busy (ok, hectic) schedule as a start-up business, one thing we look forward to each week is the feeling of rootedness, connection and nourishment that we find as soon as we set foot on the lush, productive land of Friar Farms in Boulder.
We partner with Scott and Sam Anderson and their team each week to source locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables that are folded into our pies. (You can also pick up a whole pie at their farmstand, located at 6405 S Boulder Rd.)
As a community-focused business, we really value the opportunity to help support fellow entrepreneurs and businesses, and to celebrate our region's agricultural traditions, by using local ingredients as much as possible in our pies. Having a consistent relationship with Friar Farms only sweetens the deal.
Colorado's agricultural spans centuries, with traditions amongst the Pueblo Indian community and hispanic New Mexican transplants cultivating bounty from the earth. The earliest white explorers saw Colorado as barren and of limited potential, but with the mining craze, frontiersmen were forced to find value and productivity in the land.
The more recent history and culture of agriculture in the state owes its roots to that very lack of obvious opportunity: because farming required so much infrastructure to bring water up from the limited sources, farmers had to work together with their neighbors, their community, and the state to irrigate and regulate. Colorado's first agricultural society formed in 1863, and through the early 20th century, prospectors and farmers continued to migrate from the East coast. But by the 1930s, with the slow of migration and a number of discouraging, damaging droughts, energy and momentum around agricultural waned.
A select lineage of hardy souls has continued the tradition of farming in Colorado, and we couldn't be more grateful to have the opportunity to work with people like Sam and Scott to help connect farmers to forks and support our community in the process.