Information About Tigges Farm

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Quick Farm Overview

Kathy Rickart, Ken Tigges and Gale Loeffler,
Co-Managers of Tigges Farm extend a “Welcome to all who visit.”   

The Partners

Owner of Tigges Farm: Kenneth Tigges, 3rd generation owner.
Partners of Tigges Farm Operation:  Kenneth Tigges, Gale Loeffler, Kathy Rickart

Kenneth, Gale and Kathy are the children of Robert and Mary Tigges.  They were raised on the Tigges Farm and their roots continue to cling tightly to the soil of the farm.

Kenneth resides on the farm and does all the large equipment farming.  He has a strong background of farming since he was big enough to put on a tractor.  He is the soil, plant and water expert. Ken has served on the Whitney Irrigation Board for many years and currently serves as President.

Gale lives in Englewood, Colorado but becomes a Weld County resident for the fall eliminating a lot of  commutes.  Where does she live?  She is a guest  in the castle house across the road with her own suite.  She co-manages the produce stand, gathers and transports supplies and does everything that can be done long distance.  Gale is retired from a career with Colorado State University Extension having served as a Home Economist, 4-H Agent and Extension Director for Arapahoe County. 

Kathy lives in nearby Windsor, Colorado where she operates the Colorado Costume Castle and does the hop-skip-and-jump commute every day of the year.  The farm cats know the sound of her truck as it means its dinner time.   She co-manages the produce stand, does the bookkeeping,   checks and marketing.  Kathy is a retired from a career with Colorado State University Extension and New Mexico State University Extension having served as a 4-H/Home Economist in Elbert County, Colorado and Bernalillo County, New Mexico and Extension Director for Elbert County, Colorado.

Both Gale and Kathy served as co-coordinators for the Colorado Conservation Tillage Associations Annual Conference from 2005-2010 adding to their inherent agriculture knowledge and expertise. CCTA Website

It is not unusual to see one of Kenneth’s, Gale’s, or Kathy’s children or grandchildren working at the farm (volunteer pay mostly).  They stack straw, weigh pumpkins, fix wagons, clerk, sweep, pop popcorn, cook, pick and price produce, wash dishes, roast chilies, clean gutters and do just about anything to help whether it is fun or downright nasty.   Oh, they do have fun being kids too!

Thank You Kids and Grandkids! We Love You!

The Kids and Grand Kids

Farm History

Tigges farm began in 1935 when Phillip and Lucy Tigges Mary Tigges purchased the farm.  Irrigation on the farm allowed them to raise barley, alfalfa, sugar beets, pinto beans, potatoes and corn.  All the farming was done with horses in 1935.  In 1936 a “C” Case tractor was purchased to do the plowing and other heavy field work.   Electricity didn't come to the farm until 1938.   In 1939 certified seed potatoes and hybrid seed corn was raised.    Robert Tigges, son of Phillip and Lucy helped farm even after he graduated from Colorado A&M in 1939 and was offered a job in South Africa.  In 1942 Robert married Mary Lind and they made the farm their home and took over all of the farming and expanded to include a dairy farm.   In 1963 they purchased the farm and continued farming.  In 1986 Robert Tigges passed away and Mary and son Ken Tigges continued farming. 

Tigges Farm Produce Stand

Mary had always had a “dream” of having a Produce stand and in 1987 the farm began its evolution to a produce farm with the opening of the Tigges Farm Produce Stand.   Ken Tigges ventured into pumpkin farming and the pumpkin patch was a part of the produce stand.   Anaheim chilies were added to the produce and around 1995 the roaster was added and the smell of roasted chilies wafted throughout the stand all fall. A unique mix of three varieties of chilies called the Big Jim Mix became the Tigges Farm signature for their brand of chilies perfect for “making green Chile.”

Weighing Pumpkins at Tigges Farm Pumpkin Patch

The building that had been a sheep barn, a chicken coop, a pig barn, a storage building (to name a few of its historical uses) was transformed into a vegetable stand.  Just the wood structure part of the wood building still retains its roots and country charm with dried gourds hanging form tHanging Gourds at the Vegetable Standhe unpainted wood rafters. 

In the early 1990’s the stand was expanded to the east as more room for produce was needed.  A shelter outside to the east was added so those weighing pumpkins didn't have to stand in the elements (which could be rather nasty on some days). The shelter was greatly appreciated.

In 2008 Mary Tigges passed away.  Ken Tigges had farmed the land all his adult life and continues as owner and manager of Tigges Farm.  Kathy Rickart and Gale Loeffler, sisters of Ken partner in the operation of the Produce Stand and Pumpkin Patch and have continued to keep the “dream alive.”

Weighting The Pumpkins

Mary Tigges wasn't the only one with a “dream” for the farm.  Robert Tigges had a dream too. He kept all the old farm equipment as he felt it belonged in a museum.  In 2011 that dream was brought to life by his three children, Ken, Gale and Kathy.  The equipment was pulled out of storage and put on display.  Historical information was posted with each piece and the Farm Equipment Museum was born and will continue to grow thru the years as more things are added.

Now for just a funny story

One year Kathy answered the phone by the main cash register desk as her sister, Gale was busy waiting on a customer.  Nine times out of ten it is someone lost because they used GPS or Google and the farm happens to be in "never-never GPS" land.  Follow GPS and most of the time you won't find it.  You can end up in the strangest places.  We think this spot in Weld County would be an excellent place for the military to slip under the radar. 

Back to the story. The call was from someone that couldn't find us.  But it was a bit unusual.  Instead of asking how to find us as they were lost, the women blurted "How come you are not open?"

Kathy answers, "We are."

"No you are not. I am sitting here in the parking lot and there is no one here" say the women.  Kathy looks out at the parking lot and the customer present has his car parked there and Gale's and Kathy's pickup are there too.  "I assure you we are open and we are here and my sister is waiting on a customer right now.   Are you sure you are at the right place?"   says Kathy.  The women assures Kathy is in the right place and she is sure we are not open.  So to make a long story short, Kathy could not convince the women that she was at the wrong place or that we were not closed, so the conversation ended unresolved.  Kathy hung up and Gale and the customer had heard the whole conversation on one end.  The customer looks at both Gale and Kathy and says, "Does that mean I'm not here either?"  We all laughed.Then this picture appeared somewhere on the Internet and Kathy has kept it on her desktop since just be assured.  

Tigges Farm- Roasted Chilies, Pumpkin Patch, Fresh Farm Produce - Greeley Colorado
Tigges Farm Produce
12404 WCR 64 , Greeley, Colorado 80631
Phone: 970-686-7225 (Aug-Oct only) – 970-576-8970 (year around & evening)
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The farm is east of Windsor Colorado but we have customers from all of the cities around Windsor including Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Longmont. Watch for us at the Farmers Market in Windsor, Greeley and Loveland. We have roasted chilies (chiles), fresh produce, and of course, the pumpkin patch.

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