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High Altitude Rhubarb--Organic Farm & Nursery

Pick-Your-Own, 100% Organic Rhubarb Since 2008
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7275 Wildridge Rd., Black Forest, Colorado 80908 phone:  (719)494-8424
email:  dennis.duncan@highaltituderhubarb.com


The 2017 Harvest is Finished
Thank You All For Another Successful Year.

To stay up-to-date on harvest plans for 2018
please join our harvest notification list by
contacting us via email specifying an interest in harvest plans

To join the plant sale announcement list for next year
send an email specifying an interest in buying plants.

See photos of the 2017 harvest here

 


General Information
 

High Altitude Rhubarb is a small, organic, pick-your-own farm in Black Forest, Colorado. We're enlarging the farm considerably but it will be a few years before our capacity increases.  As of 2017 we continue to sell out in one weekend.  We no longer ship fresh rhubarb or plants.  For details about harvest procedures see Pick-Your-Own.  Commercial picking (200+ lbs.) is by appointment only and occurs just before the public harvest.


We've been in business since 2008 selling fresh, organic rhubarb, unfiltered Colorado honey, organic rhubarb plants and organic rhubarb seeds of various varieties, rhubarb cookbooks and organic horseradish plants/roots. Our offerings include heirloom/heritage varieties of both rhubarb and horseradish. All products are available for purchase during the harvest except for plants.  Plants generally sell out well in advance of the harvest to folks on the plant interest list.


The harvest is normally the first weekend in June.  There is seldom a second harvest as hot weather tends to ruin the flavor.  Plants sell to people on the plant list well before the harvest even begins.  Please join that plant list if you wish the option of buying plants, which normally go on sale in April/May.  (Send email)

 

Our primary crop is fresh, organic rhubarb.  Harvest Weekend is a big party.  We normally offer samplings of rhubarb dishes and there are always picnic facilities, complimentary beverages and cold water.  Our heirloom(2) Victoria plants are phenomenal in taste and size.  They don't need to be peeled before cooking and require relatively little sweetening.   Colorado Red is a proprietary variety unique to our farm and capable of adding considerable red color to rhubarb dishes.  We also have Turkish, Canada Red and a score  of other varieties in small numbers.

 

Bring your family and friends and join the harvest party.  Contact us to join our harvest email interest list and keep up-to-date on harvest plans and product availability.   (We don't spam or offer your email to others.)  



 

DIRECTIONS

     We're in Black Forest, Colorado, 10 minutes northeast of Colorado Springs and one hour's drive southeast of downtown Denver.  A Google map and directions can be found at MAP and our own map atOURMAP.  Enter 7275 Wildridge Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80908 into your GPS/Navigation system (that's not our actual address but it works better on gps systems).

      Ample parking is available by the house, along the driveways and along the road.  Handicapped parking is available up the driveway, left along the fence line to the rhubarb area.   On the road it is best to park beyond the driveway due to the blind curve just west of it.  Please drive slowly around the house and field.  Many children and pets attend our harvest events.

PRODUCTS
FreshFresh, Organic Rhubarb
               
Rhubarb Plants, Seeds & Cookbooks
                     
Fresh, Organic Horseradish Plants
                              Unfiltered Colorado Honey
    
 
Our principle crops are Victoria, Heirloom Red and Colorado Red rhubarb.  The Victoria plants were all derived from plants given us by a dear friend.  The Heirloom Red derives from a plant generously offered by the heirs of Colorado homesteaders who brought the plant with them in their covered wagon.  How cool is that!   Same is true for our Heirloom horseradish.   We also offer other varieties of rhubarb and horseradish, mostly aquired from other farmers and individuals.  To our knowledge none of our produce are laboratory GMOs.   Our Ornamental Rhubarb is suitable for flower gardens rather than food production.  See Varieties of Rhubarb for  photos and more details. 
 
      Our primary plant variety is Victoria.  It is extremely hardy and well suited to our Colorado mountain climate.  Our own Victoria plants each produced 90 pounds of rhubarb for the first harvest in 2009.  Mature stalks of Victoria varieties are green on the inside.  The skin of most Victoria stalks transition from red at the base to green at the leaf while others are pure green inside and out.  Red varieties can be either green or red inside. 
 
  We are certified organic by OneCert, a private organization licensed for organic inspection/certification by the federal government.  The honey, however, is not organic.  One can never be sure where the bee's have been!
  
What is Rhubarb?
 
Rhubarb is botanically classified as a vegetable but culinarily used mostly as a fruit. It play an important role in the development of our country, commonly packed west by pioneers. It is often the first vegetable to ripen in the spring and heralds the approach of other freshly grown, local foods. Even more important today, it is high in calcium, vitamin C and dietary fiber. Frozen and vacuum packed it keeps for years without lengthy preparation and thereby provides healthy eating throughout the year. It also remains viable in a regular freezer storage bag for 6 months or more. Since organically grown rhubarb is not sprayed with poisons that prevent growth of bacteria, freshly picked, organic rhubarb keeps in a refrigerator crisper drawer for only 1-2 weeks. For more background on rhubarb visit The History of Rhubarb.


A Guide To This Website
 
     This page describes our products and business in general terms.  The content of the other pages are outlined as follows:   Recipes defines some unique and tasty uses of rhubarb that we're confident you'll enjoy.  It also provides important information about cooking rhubarb. Rhubarb's main contributions to your nutrition is described in more detail in Nutrition.  If you're in the Denver/Colorado Springs area and would like to stock up on fresh, organic rhubarb then check out our Pick-Your-Own program and come visit food in the making!
 
     You may be surprised to learn that rhubarb was primarily a medicine throughout virtually all of the 5000 years of documented use.  Prepare for your next rhubarb debate and impress your friends with the information to be found at the History of Rhubarb.  Details and photos of our unique approach to organic growing are to be found at Organic Technology.  Photos of the harvest, rhubarb, and general topics, including information on different varieties of rhubarb, are found under Photos.  You'll also find details and related photos for planting, growing and harvesting your own rhubarb at Growing Rhubarb.   Freezing & Storage explains various ways of preserving rhubarb beyond its normal shelf life, including drying and freezing.  Lastly, you'll find information about rhubarb seeds under Seeds and addresses and phone numbers under Contact Us.  We'd love to hear from you!