Colorado Honey Festival - Saturday, September 20, 2014 from noon to 4pm. If you have a bee product or service contact us about participating.
Denver Chicken Coop Tour - Saturday, October 4, 2014. If you want to show off your coop contact us about participating.
Honey Extraction. We do honey extraction in our commercial kitchen during August and September. Details to be posted imminently.
Dear friends and supporters of Denver Urban Homesteading,
We are in the process of forging a strategic partnership with Chef Julie Fenn to run our kitchen. Julie brings a wealth of culinary knowledge to the Denver Urban Homesteading market, ranging from seasonal, whole, traditional, and above all, delicious. Before attending the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, a leader in health supportive cooking, Julie has worked as a registered nurse here in Denver and she has a comprehensive understanding of our relationship between food and health.
As we did with the Market, the kitchen operations will begin slowly. The ingredients used will be sourced from the same high-quality, organic and local farmers who supply the DUH Market. This is exciting for us. It’s our first time running an operation like this and we’d like your input. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey and tell us what you would like to eat and what types of culinary events you would like to see. We need your feedback so we can tailor this experience to you. Thank you for your enthusiasm.
Go here to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9C6F3N3 (you may have to cut and paste)
James Bertini, with Julie Fenn
Denver Urban Homesteading
200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO
Thu, Fri 1-7
Sat 9-3 (when the farmers come)
Why we DO NOT support the GMO initiative, called the "Right to Know Colorado" law. Obviously Denver Urban Homesteading and its farmers do not support the use of genetically modified food. And we support the concept of labeling. However, this law has no exception for small markets. We will have to follow the same rules as multi-billion dollar supermarket corporations what with labeling, keeping affidavits, etc. AND WE CANNOT DO IT! Anyone who has come into our market knows we operate on a shoestring, and we fear that the shoestring will break if we are forced to hire another person to make sure we comply with this law. Or maybe we should just give up the free Chicken Swaps, Honey Festival, etc. so I can spend my time labeling instead. Additionally, a violation is a criminal offense. That's a lot of risk for a husband-wife team. Those who have followed our travails know that we challenge government over raw milk issues, re-use of egg carton issues, and now (for the last four years) intellectual property issues, and we do it to benefit our customers and to benefit society. But this law will give a vengeful bureaucrat one more tool in his or her arsenal to use against us when our next challenge comes up.
BTW, I have spoken to the owners of several small ethnic markets where we shop who are opposed to this law. Obamacare doesn't kick in until you have 50 employees, and the ADA until you have 15. But this initiative will require labeling by every blessed soul who sells food in this state. Maybe it is time to come up with a labeling law that will not crush the many small markets in this state, otherwise we risk driving markets like ours out of business leaving us to rely even more on giant supermarkets and big agriculture. My Russian wife, who was born and raised in the USSR, told me that even the Communists didn't try to regulate farmers markets. - James Bertini
PS An attorney named Trey Rogers who is a partner in a giant law firm who claims he helped write the initiative attacked my position in the Denver Post. Mr. Rogers says it is really no big deal to find out which foods need labeling, which foods actually have GMOs, to keep track of all of them and then to do the labeling, including labeling of vegetables. So would Mr. Rogers donate a few hours a week to do all this at our small market so we don't have to hire another worker to do it? We think not. Mr. Rogers says that we don't have to worry because we can rely on manufacturers and distributors for GMO information. But the law says retailers are responsible. I think Mr. Rogers is full of organic manure.
Market hours and beekeeping store hours: Tuesday 9-3 Thursday 1-7 Friday 1-7
Saturday Farmers' Market and beekeeping store hours: Saturday 9-3
EATING PUMPKINS, local, organic, heirloom. MM LOCAL distributed here. FARMER LEDA giving her girls a taste of her raw goat milk
We have honey from Detroit, where the Local honey galore, plus unique honeys. Public interest award we received in April
city is going back to farms. 2013 from the US Green Building Council