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.Tigges Farm Produce12404 WCR 64 ½, Greeley, Colorado 80631Phone: 970-686-7225 (Aug-Oct only) – 970-576-8970 (year around & evening)email: info@TiggesFarm.com
Tigges Farm History
Tigges farm began in 1935 when Phillip and Lucy 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.
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.”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 the 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.”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 storyOne 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.