I recently received the following questions, and I thought more people might benefit if I answered here rather than via E-mail to just one person.
1) I’m wondering if you could recommend any place to buy fresh, locally made yogurt (not frozen) with active ingredients?
The Boulder Cooperative Market at 19th and Pearl (303-447-2667) probably has local, live-culture yogurt (and might even make their own), but I can’t get anyone on the phone to check. Of the supermarket purveyors, Boulder-based Horizon Organics (888-494-3020) is as local as can be, uses milk from company farms and family farms, makes yogurt with five live cultures and is even available at such prosaic markets as King Soopers, as well as natural foods markets. If you want to buy locally but can compromise on where the products were made, I think very highly of Stonyfield Farm’s products, all the way from Londonderry, NH; 603-437-4040. They use live yogurt cultures and their website has printable coupons. Their products are available locally.
2) Where do you get Wisdom poultry?
I buy Wisdom chicken at the Boulder County Farmers’ Market. Their stand has been set up along Canyon between 13th and 14th, but last Saturday, that location was given over to the Port-a-Potties for the Boulder Creek Festival. Jay and Cindy Wisdom are probably too busy with their chickens to have a website, but their phone number is 970-774-7492.
3) Do you know a place locally to buy healthy lamb, pork, and beef? I’m thinking I’d like to get a couple of people together and purchase some meat, start buying more of this stuff locally, support local farmers.
I didn’t know anything off-hand, except for a natural beef purveyor with a stand at the Boulder County Farmers’ market. I couldn’t remember the name, so I just started searching, and I am amazed at the number of natural meat ranches in Colorado and elsewhere. If you want to buy really locally, you might try Herb’s Meats in Boulder or Your Butcher Frank in Longmont and see whether they source from nearby ranches and what kind of bulk deals they can put together (most butchers offer some kind of freezer quantity purchases). Otherwise, Rocky Plains Quality Meats in Dacono, which isn’t too far, offers their own natural buffalo, plus Colorado lamb, pork, chicken and more at their “mini-ranch” just east of I–25 between Hwy 7 and Hwy 52; 303-833-3791. [A caveat is that their website isn’t working, so for all I know, they’ve sold out to a developer, so call before heading out that way.]
For a list of local ranches (i.e., those in northeastern Colorado), see the regional meat directory put out by the state Agriculture Department. There are also directories for other regions. Each listing indicates what the ranch produces, how it produces, what quantities are sold, whether meat can be purchased at the ranch and whether they ship. Also, the Health Alliance for Life and Longevity (HEALL = clever acronym) has a list of Colorado organic ranches. The closest is Stillroven Farm in Berthoud; 970-535-4527 (no website). Still another Colorado list at Eat Wild’s website includes the B Bar S Ranches, a beef operation with ranches in the high desert near Elizabeth and the high mountains near Nederland (right); 303-442-1995.
Beyond that, major distributors contract out to producers in Colorado and elsewhere that meet their requirements for pesticide-free feeding and immunizing/medicating livestock. Coleman Natural Meats is HQed in Denver, with beef and lamb from Colorado ranches; 800-442-8666. Coleman Ranches in Saguache have been in the same family for five generations, and the Colemans really set the standard for natural livestock. “A Cowboy in the Meat Business” is an illuminating interview with Mel Coleman and how he got started producing natural cattle.
Also HQed in Denver is Maverick Ranch distributes natural beef, buffalo, pork and chicken; 303-294-0146. For an interesting look at standards, go to Maverick’s website and click on the “Producers Click Here” box. Wyoming Natural Products near Newcastle, WY, sells grass-fed beef (they call it “premium”) and handcuts meat for shipment; 800-969-9946. Cameron Ranch near Riverton, WY, ships grass-fed natural beef and lamb; 307) 856-6057. Nebraska isn’t too far away, and Walnut Creek Organic Ranch (402-262-2245) is also a source for grass-fed Angus beef; they also ship. A bit farther afield is La Cense Ranch near Dillon, MT, which now seems to be owned by a gentleman rancher who has been able to invest in upgrading and improving ranch facilities. The ranch also specializes in grass-fed black Angus beef, and like Walnut Creek, ships too; 866-442-2333 (BEEF) or 406-683-5900.