Farm Blog

Posted 1/4/2008 4:11pm by Don Lareau & Daphne Yannakakis.

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Well we not only survived 2007 but we thrived thanks to all of our loyal customers and fabulous help. It was sad to say goodbye to Ana our  faithful assistant in this farming adventure and our fantastic interns and WWOOFERs  who helped make this place tick but wish them well in their future endeavors. We are seeking another engaged and energetic crew for 2008 if you are interested please check out our intern section of the website. We are happy to announce that Adam McKinely  one of our 2007 interns will be joining us for the 2008 farming season as our Assistant Farm Manager and Intern Mentor. 

As the farm is covered in snow we are busy organizing and ordering seed for the 2008 season. We are expanding our CSA membership this season and will be holding an informational pot luck and sign up for this season. The goats are looking rounder everyday and we should expect our first kids around the 15 th of February. Also we have a new batch of pullets in our mobile chicken house for eggs this season. We hope to  provide fresh eggs for our CSA and our Telluride and Aspen farmer markets with these girls moving around our pasture.

We will be planning our 2008 farm events so keep a heads up for workshops, plant sales of organic vegetable,herb and flower starts, and our farm dinners. More news to come !

Daphne and Don

Posted 8/19/2007 11:06am by Don Lareau & Daphne Yannakakis.

The Kampe Foundation and Zephyros Farm and Garden invite you to a September supper in celebration of local farmers and the bounty of the North fork valley.


The dinner features all local food prepared by Chef Mark Fischer of 689 and Phat Thai in Carbondale, Ryan Hardy of The Little Nell in Aspen, Dava Parr of Fresh and Wyld, in Paonia, Eleni Stelter of Eleni’s Uptown in Paonia, and Bob Issacson of The Smith Fork Ranch


Live music:  Hard Pressed (Oldtime music) and Russ Chapman (Acoustic songster) both of the North Fork Valley

Where: Zephyros Farm and Garden, 11466 3725 Rd. Paonia

When: Sunday, September 9th   

Cost: $35/person, The Kampe Foundation encourages people to sponsor a local farmer and buy a ticket for $70

Local Wines for sale will be provided by Leroux Creek Vineyards, Puesta Del Sol, and Stone Cottage Cellars

Come celebrate the farmers and the food that they provide!

For reservations call, 527-3636, or sign up under the interact button at the top of the page.


Posted 8/18/2007 10:56pm by Don Lareau & Daphne Yannakakis.

The season is coming on strong now as we are eating everthing off the farm, the season of abundance is on us, yet the days are perceptively shorter.  The tiredness of the season is also on us, time to think about a sweatshirt in the morings, but instead the heat of summer is still thick with an unusual muggyness.  In western Colorado that means it is at least 15% humdity.  So much bounty and today the amount of work it takes was felt.

It was the first day that only one adult had been on the farm alone in a long time.  And lucky me the kids were here too.  Chores took forever and there were so many things not getting done.  As the sorry for myself symphony warmed up above my head I realized how much all the workers we have now are doing, and how much we appreciate it all. 

Phil left after presenting us an incredible meal of Closer to Heaven farm chicken that literally did just that.  Phil is now in the midst of a 100 mile race despite it being dark and night right now.  His steady determination here made a huge differenece.  The weeder of the year award no doubt goes to Phil!  Thanks again Phil.

Thanks to all who help us get it all done as I could go on about each and everyone who has helped and will in blogs but off to sleep...


Posted 8/13/2007 6:40pm by Don Lareau & Daphne Yannakakis.

We were graced with an inch of rain and the heat subsided for about 10 days. This week we're back up to into the 90s. We are harvesting triple digits of tomatoes and zucchini for the first time this season! Our eggplant looks (and tastes) fabulous this year. We've been busy getting our fall crops into the earth, cover-cropping and drying many types of flowers. We just started planning our fall harvest dinner, featuring some very talented chefs and delicous local foods. Should be hoot!

Posted 7/16/2007 10:59pm by Don Lareau & Daphne Yannakakis.

The fields are looking great and the tomatoes are coming on by the box now. The heat is making all of our eggplants, peppers, melons grow inches by the minute. We have a great crew here this season and the farm is getting more streamlined by the week !

Posted 7/10/2007 5:07pm by Don Lareau & Daphne Yannakakis.

The heat is on! Our skies are hazy with the sign of fire, and we are finally beginning to catch our breath after a whirlwind of weeding. Just as we put down gloves it is time to pick up the buckets and snips. The fields are a riot of color with ruddies, cosmos and ageradam in full bloom. Our sheep seem to have gotten to rythm of the morning milking and the csa boxes are keeping us busy. Looking up from trellising tomatoes this afternoon, it was a delight to see a young family cooling down and enjoying the pond.

Posted 7/10/2007 5:07pm by Don Lareau & Daphne Yannakakis.
Posted 6/19/2007 3:21pm by Don Lareau & Daphne Yannakakis.

Summer is finally upon us as we have begun to go to the farmers markets and the weeds are overwhelming.  We are thankful to be eating out of the garden again as the peas, carrots, beets, fennel, and the first cherry tomatoe are on!  The flowers are quickly filling up our new cooler and we can not wait to get our CSA under way.  If you are interested give us a call and we can add you to the list, which will give you access to the CSA (members only) part of the website.  Look for more pictures to come, as we come up for air and before the harvest part of the year.  Come stop by and see things growing! 

Posted 4/5/2007 8:49pm by Don Lareau & Daphne Yannakakis.

The ewe's have been sheared and lambing has begun !  We are planting away furiously and the greenhouse is busting at the seams. Happy spring days !

Posted 3/21/2007 9:05am by Don Lareau & Daphne Yannakakis.

The hightunnel plastic is on and tight and we are all here to still talk about it. We only almost took  flight once during the whole endeavor ! Two new baby goats have been added to the herd yippee!

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