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 a passion around the world, we've put together a list of things that are locally grown in Aspen's Roaring Fork Valley.
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.
Avalanche Cheese Company: Local goat cheeses made in Basalt with milk from goats that are raised and graze in Paonia.
Back Alley Coffee: Micro roasters, who are unwaveringly committed to providing the very best in specialty coffee. They are a roast- to-order company focused on providing the customer with the very best product.
Crystal River Meats: Locally-raised, 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.
Defiant Bean Roasters has merged with Bonfire Coffee: Together they strive to be the western slope's premiere coffee company. Through relationships with the world's coffee farmers they source quality beans - grown, picked and processed with careful attention and pride. Their philosophy is to craft roast these beans with those same values.
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.
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.
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.
Milagro Ranch: Offering the finest locally raised 100% grass-fed beef. No hormones, no antibiotics, no pesticides.
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.
Shanaroba Organic Farm: Farm-raised organic turkeys
Sustainable Settings: Beyond-organic meat, heirloom-variety produce and eggs, and CSA program for omnivores or vegetarians.
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.
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. WDC 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.
Culinary Connectors: Experience Aspen in a totally different way and get to know the culinary masterminds behind some of the finest restaurants in this amazing mountain town. Join other like-minded foodies and experience the exclusive behind the scenes culinary and cocktail tour where you'll interact with Aspen's Top chefs and learn about their passion and craft. You'll enjoy delicious tastings from an array of cuisines, expertly paired with delightful wines or hand crafted cocktails to enhance the flavors of each bite.
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.
If you own a business that is located in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, El Jebel, Basalt, Emma, Woody Creek or Aspen that should be featured on this Locally Grown page, please contact Eliza Voss.