April 6, 2015

Farm to Skillet: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic, and Available in Boulder

By Evan Sandsmark -  

For a great deal of people, ourselves included, cutting up vegetables is by far the most cumbersome part of cooking, and this is especially true if you are preparing breakfast early in the morning. A new product, Farm to Skillet, aims to lighten the burden by offering pre-cut vegetables that are flash frozen and packaged in 10-ounce bags, which can be easily cooked and incorporated into any dish that calls for a vegetable medley. Farm to Skillet offers two types of vegetable combinations – the Rocky Mountain Skillet and the Southwest Skillet – both of which are entirely gluten-free, vegan, and organic. They are now available at four Boulder locations and a number of other stores across Colorado.

As the company and product names imply, the vegetable combinations are designed with breakfast skillets in mind. The company’s motto, printed in large letters across the packages, is “just add eggs”:

Farm to Skillet Gluten Free

So, the idea is that you can cook up the vegetables in a few minutes on the stove, and then you can add some eggs, giving you a fairly elaborate skillet breakfast, one that features several vegetables and seasonings, in a fraction of the time it would require you to prepare the meal from scratch. Moreover, the two skillet combinations offered are simple and nutritious – they only include spices and organic vegetables that are frozen at peak ripeness, not any of the long list of preservatives one finds in prepackaged foods, so you aren’t sacrificing your health for the sake of convenience.

Since the packages only contain vegetables and seasonings, they can of course be used for other dishes besides breakfast skillets. There is a section of the Farm to Skillet website featuring recipes, and the vegetable combinations have been deployed in a broad range of culinary contexts, ranging from soups to casseroles to crepes – basically, any meal that can benefit from one of the two vegetable mixes. Here is the list of ingredients in each skillet, and a variety of dishes immediately suggest themselves:

Rocky Mountain Skillet: Kale, sweet potato, onion, bell peppers, rosemary, thyme, oregano

Southwest Skillet: Butternut squash, avocado, onion, bell peppers, cumin, garlic, paprika, chili powder

If you are now sold on the skillets and want to pick some up, you can buy them at four locations in Boulder: Lolita’s, Ideal Market, and the Whole Foods stores on Baseline and Pearl. They are also available at locations across Colorado, especially in Denver, where the company is based, but there are a few other scattered locations. To find the nearest location to you, check out the “where to buy” page on the website, which at the moment is reasonably up-to-date, but evidently it doesn’t list every single location (because not every Boulder location is listed on this page).

If you go to Whole Foods in Boulder in the near future, you might find 16-ounce Farm to Skillet packages, but these are actually being discontinued. Farm to Skillet is transitioning to 10-ounce packages, which will be the only size available moving forward. The price for a 10-ounce bag is $8.99, and this is perhaps more than you want to spend every morning on breakfast, but given the amount of time you’ll save, both in terms of cooking and grocery shopping, it could certainly be worth it a couple of times a week. Plus, fresh organic vegetables are fairly expensive, so if you wanted to buy all of the ingredients in one of the skillet packages separately, you’d likely end up spending a decent amount money anyway.

Overall, we think Farm to Skillet is a great idea, and one that fills a pretty obvious niche in the market. The company is still very much in its infancy – it started at farmers markets in Denver less than a year ago, and it has only been selling retail since late 2014 – but if enough people take note of the company, we could see it expanding rapidly, especially in places like Boulder. Give Farm to Skillet a try and see how many different meals you can incorporate the vegetables into.

To learn more about the company, check out the Farm to Skillet website.

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Farm to Skillet offers two types of vegetable combinations - the Rocky Mountain Skillet and the Southwest Skillet - both of which are entirely gluten-free and vegan.
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