Farmacy Farms near Palisade offers Colorado-grown produce
WHAT: Farmacy Farms
WHEN: Daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: 3419 Front St., Clifton
When an opportunity arose to purchase and open a fruit stand, Blaine Diffendaffer called Jonathon Hieb of Palisade.
Diffendaffer, owner of Blaine’s Tomatoes & Farm (544 33 3/4 Road, Clifton), recently bought what used to be Red Barn Farm & Gardens, located at 3419 Front St., near Palisade in Clifton. He and Hieb, who is now his partner, renamed the produce stand Farmacy Farms. It opened on May 9.
“We battered with the name for a while,” Diffendaffer said. “And we came up with Farmacy Farms with the thought of filling your prescription for healthy, local food.”
The stand is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until October. It offers Colorado-sourced vegetables, fruit and products like jams, jellies, and salsas. Produce may be both organic and non-organic, as available.
Diffendaffer explained that if there is not a food crop available for the season, they will not bring it in from another state.
“We are passionate about fresh, local food and we want to share what you can do with it in the home,” Hieb said.
Farmacy Farms also offers a walk-in cooler to keep peaches, cherries and other produce fresh.
“It’s a great opportunity not only for me, but for the whole area,” Hieb said. “We want to bring in a more progressive farm store. We want to be different and carry high-quality snacks and produce with an emphasis on local products as much as possible.”
This fall Hieb and Diffendaffer hope to build an on-site commercial kitchen as well. They plan to make their own jams, jellies and more. The pair also hopes to create a certified-organic garden in the field behind the stand.
“We want to … make it more of a farm store than a fruit and veggie stand,” Diffendaffer said.
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