Locally Grown

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Aspen has been a part of the local food movement long before farm-to-table was a buzz phrase. Originally a farming, ranching and mining community, Aspen locals have been eating the potatoes from their own backyard since the turn of the twentieth century. From potato production to today's world-renowned chefs and restaurants, one thing is clear - Aspen visitors and locals are passionate about their palates. Now that locally grown is desired around the world, we've put together a list of what's locally grown in Aspen's Roaring Fork Valley.


Avalanche Cheese Company:  Local goat cheeses made in Basalt with milk from goats that are raised and graze in Paonia.
Crystal River Meats: Locally-raised beef, 100% grass-fed on open pastures and locally harvested hay. No hormones or antibiotics are used. Family owned and operated in Carbondale, CO since 1999. The Jacober family is committed to the improvement and prosperity of the town in which they live as well as the relentless pursuit of sustainable and environmental practices both in agriculture and day-to-day. (970) 963-9996
Eagle Butte Ranch: USDA-certified natural grass-fed beef raised without antibiotics or hormones - part of the T Lazy 7 Ranch family.
Emma Farms Cattle Co: Raising purebred Wagyu cattle that are 96% grass and hay-fed, and free of hormones & antibiotics.
Milagro Ranch: Offering the finest locally raised 100% grass-fed beef. No hormones, no antibiotics, no pesticides.
Shanaroba Organic Farm: Farm-raised organic turkeys 
Sustainable Settings: Beyond-organic meat, heirloom-variety produce and eggs, and CSA program for omnivores or vegetarians.

Craft Beer/Liquor

Aspen Brewing Company: A brain child of University of Colorado at Boulder students, the Aspen Brewing Company opened its doors in March 2008. Their tap room is open 7 days a week and they offer tours of the brew facility located just 5 miles from downtown Aspen.
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co: Located in the first floor of the historic Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs and opened in 1996 in partnership with the Durango Brewing Company.
Marble Distilling Company: Handcrafted spirits. Founders combined their two passions, Craft Distilling and Sustainable Business to create the first distillery in the USA to recycle 100% of process water and capture/reuse the energy from the distilling process.
Woody Creek Distillers: Woody Creek Distillers is the first and only craft distillery in the United States with control over every element of vodka production. Woody Creek Distillers grows its own potatoes at Scanlan Family Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado, and sources local fruits, grains and mountain spring water to produce its line of ultra-premium American spirits.


Bonfire Coffee: The best in craft coffee. They consciously and ethically source the highest quality coffees, and benefit every community involved, from farm to cup. They small batch roast these coffees.
Red Butte Roasters: Organic, shade-grown coffee beans are sustainable and socially responsible. Sold in various locations in Aspen and Snowmass as well as their online shop.
Rock Canyon Coffee: "Great Coffee for Great People" is the philosophy at Rock Canyon Coffee. They believe everyone should have the pleasure of freshly roasted coffee at their table. Whenever possible they use beaks purchased directly from the farmers of origin.
Two Leaves & a Bud Tea: Two leaves tea company visits Darjeeling, Assam and other gardens around the world to select the best whole leaf organic tea in its purest, native form.


Aspen Farmer's Market: From mid-June to mid-October spend your Saturday mornings at the Aspen Farmer's Market. The corner of Galena & Hopkins/ Open from 8AM-3PM the market offers Colorado grown produce, crafts, live music and a food court for lunch or a snack while you peruse.
Rock Bottom Ranch: Rock Bottom Ranch serves as Aspen Center for Environmental Studies' mid-valley hub for environmental education, wildlands preservation and sustainable agriculture. Programming is available for adults and children centered on gardening, farmyard & pasture tours and cooking classes.

4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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