Vail Valley

Summer 2018

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With a 3,000-square-foot greenhouse and 1,500-square-foot fi sh house, Buttercrunch is growing nine diff erent types of lettuces and 10 to 12 types of microgreens. Though the growth slows in the winter (Buttercrunch doesn't use artifi cial light, so the greenhouse is utilized in the colder months), Berman says they sell an average of about six to eight cases of heads per week. "On an average year, we should be able to produce about 60,000 heads of lettuce," Berman explains. That's a lot of lettuce from three acres of land, a fact that Berman says makes her proud. "I take a lot of pride in what we do, that we brought this farm into the mountains and there aren't many places doing that," she shares. "We've done fi eld trips that I can show kids, that although we're only on three acres of land—you don't have to have 60 acres to grow as much lettuce as we grow. We show that you can do things diff erently than the normal way." "I didn't grow up on a farm , but I just alw ays loved the outd rs and animals and fresh f d. I alw ays thought it would be rea y c l to grow my own f d." Peri Berman Summer 2018 VailValleyMagazine.com 45 Located at Riverwalk 175 Main St., C-106 Edwards, CO 81632 970.926.1006

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