High Altitude Rhubarb grows organic rhubarb and organic horseradish. On harvest weekend they also sell unfiltered Colorado honey, organic rhubarb plants and organic horseradish plants, and processed products made from their own rhubarb but by their commercial customers. The processed products, jams and spreads and such, are sold at cost, wholesale. Prices are posted on the home page and announced to their interest lists as the harvest approaches. However, as a reference point only, 2017 prices were: fresh, organic, pick-your-own rhubarb was $3.50/lb. and all potted plants were $15 each.
All products are available at the farm during the Harvest Festival and by appointment thereafter. As of 2017 they discontinued shipping fresh rhubarb and plants. More details follow.
Over 20 varieties of rhubarb are grown on the farm. All mature plants are included in the public harvest. However, the primary crop consists of Victoria, Canada Red, Turkish and Colorado Red rhubarb. (See Rhubarb Varieties for photos and more information about each variety.) Some promising strains from Australia have been planted in quantity for production after 2020.
The Victoria plants all derive from plants given us by a dear friend. We can trace them back over 50 years. The Canada Red was generously gifted us by the heirs of Colorado homesteaders who brought the plant with them in their covered wagon, literally. How cool is that! Colorado Red is a proprietary variety. The original Colorado Red plant was found growing in the forest in 1991. The rhubarb can be picked during the public harvest, which is announced to their harvest interest list once Mother Nature sets the date. It is normally the first weekend in June but join their list to keep informed. Sometimes Mother Nature changes her mind…
The farm sells horseradish plants, not fresh horseradish. The fresh horseradish is just the root of the plant. However, the farm produces potted horseradish plants as opposed to processed horseradish roots. They have two types of horseradish plants, an heirloom variety and a standard variety. The varieties are similar in size and flavor. The heirloom horseradish came to Colorado on the same covered wagon as the Canada Red rhubarb. The standard plants originated from the Care & Share garden. See horseradish for more information.
Plants, rhubarb & horseradish
Both rhubarb and horseradish plants are grown and sold. All plants are from seed or root-stock produced or grown at High Altitude Rhubarb. The varieties of plants available differ annually. It will be announced to their plant interest list once their spring inventory is complete. Although some plants may remain for purchase during the Harvest Festival, most plants are sold to the plant interest list well in advance of the harvest. Many people pick up their plants at the festival though they have reserved/paid in advance. Join their plant interest list to maximize your options.
The rhubarb plants for sale have always included Victoria and Turkish. Victoria accounts for the majority of sales by a large margin. It is extremely hardy and productive and is well suited to the Colorado climate. The parent Victoria plants each produced 90 pounds of rhubarb annually. Mature stalks of Victoria varieties are mostly green. Starting in 2019 they expect to offer Colorado Red plants for sale at the farm. (Starting in 2020 Colorado Red will be available through various seed catalogues for anyone who cannot visit the farm. More details when available.)
They sell The Joy of Rhubarb, by Theresa Millang. List price is $15. They offer it for $12. It contains 247 rhubarb recipes! Rhubarb is highly nutritious and can be put to good use in many things other than deserts. See Recipes above for a sampling of ideas.
Lazarus Fields is the beekeeper. His hives produce throughout northeastern El Paso county. The bottled honey is available during the Harvest Festival. Lazarus also has a website, through which you can purchase his honey for slightly higher prices than our harvest but throughout the year. It is www.fieldsofnaturalhoney.com