PHOTOS & ARTICLE BY: Kali McCrackin Goodenough
Jackie and Scott Taylor, owners of Happy Jack Harvest, LLC, first started their business because of their grandchildren.
“We wanted them to know what real food tastes like,” Jackie says, and so they started growing, raising, and preserving their own food.
Jackie and Scott grow food in two 75-foot ling high tunnels out Happy Jack Road between Laramie and Cheyenne.
“We grow lots of varieties of vegetables,” Jackie says. “We are into the quality of the food we produce.”
Jackie notes that at the grocery store, there are only a few varieties of vegetables, while in reality there are so many varieties out there and that all are delicious. In their high tunnels, they grow types of vegetables not often found at the local supermarket, focusing especially on heirloom varieties.
In addition to the produce they grow, Jackie and Scott also raise 38 varieties of free-range chickens as well as ducks, geese, sheep, goats, and bees. From their high tunnels and animals, they produce an assortment of delights including chutney; jam; relish; goat milk cheese and ice cream; chicken, duck, and goose eggs; honey; and meat. Scott and Jackie like to experiment with flavors and food creating delicious items such as savory ice cream and honey, and butternut squash chutney.
“We like to expand people’s tastes,” Jackie says, and the customers who frequent their booth look forward to trying new flavors and combinations.
Jackie and Scott first started selling at farmers’ markets ten years ago and have returned to the Thursday Local Market for several years.
“We love our great customers,” Jackie says.
This week, stop by Happy Jack Harvest to sample the homemade goat cheese and assorted honeys, and say hello to Jackie and Scott. They will be excited to see you and introduce you to some delicious new flavors along the way.