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Marcus McCauley and his son fermented cabbage

Fermenting, Farming, and Family: Meet Marcus McCauley of Picaflor and McCauley Family Farm

Marcus McCauley and his son fermenting kimchiMarcus McCauley named his brand Picaflor, the Spanish word for hummingbird. This flittering, pointy-nosed pollinator is believed to represent playfulness, enjoyment of life, resiliency, and in some cultures a bridge between the past and the future because of its unique ability to fly both backwards and forward. Given Picaflor’s origins and Marcus’s intentions, the hummingbird seems an apt mascot. Picaflor, which crafts and sells fermented hot sauces and pepper flakes, was born from a fortuitous event on Marcus’ farm.

As the story goes, a local farmer approached Marcus and said, “I’ve got a ton of peppers. If you can do something with them, you can have them.” Marcus recalls that there were at least 2,000 pounds of peppers. He accepted the bounty and the challenge, and started fermenting and experimenting. Before long, his garage was filled with overflowing, bubbling buckets of fermenting deliciousness. The first hot sauce he crafted was a sriracha that immediately gained a dedicated local following of his friends and family. He was now the hot sauce guy, and there was no turning back. Continue reading Fermenting, Farming, and Family: Meet Marcus McCauley of Picaflor and McCauley Family Farm

Abuzz About Bees: Sourcing Honey, Bonding with Bees, and Caring for the Planet

Probably anyone who’s been to Boulder, Colorado’s farmers market knows Tim Brod, owner of Highland Honey Bees. He lends his larger-than-life personality to the cause of the bee and doles out sweet dollops of honey and wisdom to the passersby. He’s a lover of bees, with a lifetime of experience, and very clear ideas about how to properly care for buzzing beauties and their honey. I caught up with Tim over herbal tea (with lots of honey) and a shot of moonshine at his honey-processing headquarters in Longmont, Colorado. I asked about his passion and tried to gain some wisdom about how to buy great honey and what we can all do to protect and nurture the essential honeybee.

Meet the Beekeeper
A beekeeper since he was a child, Tim explains, “I was one of those kids whose greatest joy was to be outdoors. I grew up with a love of people and a love of animals and a love of the interactions between them. I loved looking at systems.” He grew up in the 1960s in semirural Connecticut, and it was his grandfather’s brother, Crozier, who first connected him with the industrious buzzer. Back then, learning to be a beekeeper was easy, according to Tim. “Until 20 years ago, you really didn’t have to do much for bees. The world was a lot different then. Strategies that worked for millions of years haven’t for the past 15.” Continue reading Abuzz About Bees: Sourcing Honey, Bonding with Bees, and Caring for the Planet

Homemade Ice Pops: Tricks & Tips from our Interview with Big Top Pops

headshot2 maraMara Rose
Founder & CEO, Hatch Lab

 

On a recent summer evening in Boulder, Colorado, I met with Gina Latimer and Sarah Robertson from Big Top Pops. This small local business makes gourmet popsicles and sells them at farmers markets, select stores, and restaurants in

Big Top PopsBoulder. I wanted to learn more about this innovative company and the art of making ice pops, so I contacted the women to get the scoop.

When we met, Gina and Sarah were on their way to their industrial kitchen to don their aprons and start making ice pops—long into the night. As so many entrepreneurs do, the Big Top Pops ladies shoehorn their work in whenever they can, between full-time jobs and mom duty.

In Gina’s words, “Big Top Pops is a gourmet pop stand based out of the Boulder County Farmers Market, and inspired by it as well.” Longtime friends, college roommates at the University of Colorado (CU), Boulder, and fellow CU art majors, Sarah and Gina started Big Top Pops because they loved the beautiful produce and strong sense of community at the farmers market, and they wanted to be a part of it. Continue reading Homemade Ice Pops: Tricks & Tips from our Interview with Big Top Pops