Eating local brings different joys and disappointments every year, and there's a big disappointment coming up -- as I learn from farmer John Ellis at the Boulder Farmers' Market Saturday. No apricots this year, says Ellis, who runs Rancho Durazno peach orchard. Or if there are any, there will be be very, very few. The strange spring weather, deep late snows, cool nights and one profound frost have wreaked havoc on the blossoms. Cherries will be problematic, too. Most orchardists ellis he knows are in the same boat, including a farming couple who left Boulder County to invest in acres of apricots on the Western Slope and have now lost almost all their labor for the year.
WeeBee Farms lettuce at the Boulder Farmers' Market.
I feel downright sulky about this news.