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Cancel Flag comment. Subscribe to Independent Premium to debate the big issues Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Try for free Already registered? In July, the couple—he the chef-farmer, she the COO-farmer—began putting into practice the farm-dinner model they conceived of almost 18 years ago. For years, the Skokans have been building up their property holdings, which extend across more than acres in Boulder County. First, the Skokans turned their attention to the historical outbuildings on the property. New roofs, plumbing, wiring, and much more were needed to make the ancient buildings functional.
The Skokans also added a brick patio and a pergola near the barn, which was originally a blacksmith shop the couple dates back to the s. Their research indicates that the building and its business were known as the Old Swede Blacksmith Shop, and was utilized by Swedish families who moved to the area from Minnesota. Today, the Skokans have transformed the Old Swede into a charming dining room and serving kitchen from which Black Cat Farm Table Bistro chefs deliver seasonal fare made with ingredients grown by Skokan and his farm team.