Boulder County Farmers Market: At the market: Beets shine in this perfect fall soup – The Daily Camera

Boulder County Farmers Markets
Make sure you make time for the markets this week. We have many fall vegetables for soups, stews, sauces and salads. And we are happy to report you’ll find a wide variety of beets.
Delicious in any color, beets are naturally sweet and add a unique flavor when roasted or cooked in a stew. Deep red, yellow, spiraled with white, pink and purple varieties are abundant this time of year. Most beet greens are perfectly edible; you can use them in exchange for chard or collard greens in your favorite recipes.
Fun fact: Beets were first cultivated by farmers/gardeners for their greens. We applaud the man or woman who first said, “Let’s cook this beautiful root bulb and see how it tastes.”
Try borscht for a classic beet soup. It works as a main dish or a first course. Roast the beets in olive oil sprinkled with salt until fork-tender. Top with local goat cheese.
Boulder County Farmers Markets own Seeds, the restaurant and cafe in the Boulder Public Library. It offers the best views around and is a great place to work remotely or hold a meeting. (The Wi-Fi is terrific.) This week, Seeds chef Matt Collier shared with us a soup recipe that calls for locally grown vegetables.
The soup has infinite possibilities. Use any vegetables you like or that you have on hand from your farmers market haul. Make sure you include some local beets. Feel free to double or triple the recipe and freeze it for later.
Load up on local potatoes through our online marketplace this week or pick them up at the market this weekend. Boulder and Lafayette’s ordering period opens Sundays and closes at 1 p.m. Tuesdays for pickup on Wednesdays in Boulder, and Thursdays in Lafayette. Longmont and Denver’s ordering opens Tuesdays and closes at noon Thursdays for pickup Sundays.
Can’t pick it up? Get it delivered! We offer delivery across the Denver metro area; check availability at

Tip: Can last up to seven days in a covered container in the refrigerator.
— Matt Collier, Seeds Cafe chef
If you make this recipe show us your photos! We’re on Instagram at @BCFM.
Apples, pears, plums, mixed greens, onions, potatoes, broccoli, beets, leeks, zucchini, kale, carrots, peppers, winter squash, pumpkins, cabbage, radishes, cilantro, parsnips, spinach, bok choy, celeriac, garlic, daikon, tomatoes, eggplant, ginger, cucumber, fennel, parsley, mizuna, microgreens, cauliflower
Longmont: Open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 20, 9595 Nelson Road
Boulder: Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 20, 13th Street Between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue
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