Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Farm to fork going strong

The largest Farmer’s Market in the region every summer Saturday. Restaurants specializing in locally sourced fare. Dairies churning fresh milk products. Initiatives to grow and distribute food locally. In Steamboat it’s as easy to eat healthy as it is to live healthy.

The Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) has been promoting local agriculture efforts since 1999, including innovative programs to grow and distribute food locally.   One of those is its new CAA Market, a web-based ordering and delivery solution connecting local food producers with local consumers. All its products are grown and/or produced in the Yampa Valley, from eggs and meat to bread and produce, encouraging local members to “support local farmers and ranchers by joining the Yampavore movement.” Local producers include bakers, herb growers, soap makers, coffee roasters, produce farmers, meat producers and more.

Lisa Larkin runs Buckin' Horse Pantry from her ranch north of Steamboat Springs and sells her breads and sweets (pictured: chocolate chip pumpkin bread, blueberry streusel muffins and zucchini pineapple bread) on the Community Agriculture Alliance's online ag marketplace.

Lisa Larkin runs Buckin’ Horse Pantry from her ranch north of Steamboat Springs and sells her breads and sweets (pictured: chocolate chip pumpkin bread, blueberry streusel muffins and zucchini pineapple bread) on the Community Agriculture Alliance’s online ag marketplace.

“Part of our mission is to connect local producers and consumers, and this is a great way to meet that objective,” says CAA’s Michele Meyer, whose organization also brings local farms together to sell produce at the weekly Farmers Market in the summer and supports the state’s Colorado Proud campaign. Info: communityagalliance.org/caa-market.html 

Farm fresh food

Other businesses are firmly behind Steamboat’s famr-to-form movement the movement as well.

Cloverdale Restaurant and Farm is a new fine dining establishment sourcing everything only from Colorado farms, including its own 12-acre farm west of town. “Steamboat only has 59 growing days, but what everyone does with those 59 days here is pretty incredible,” says restaurant manager Cody Robison. “We’re truly farm-to-table. Having that control of having our own farm where we raise and grow everything organically is rare.”

Moon Hill Dairy is located on 300 acres north of town and focuses on artisan cheeses crafted by hand from the milk of “happy cows that live on pasture and eat a grass-based diet.” “Our emphasis is on regenerative agriculture and low stress management of our animals,” says owner John Weibel, whose farm also offers meats and ice cream. “Our cows graze outdoors, year-round, on pastures full of native alpine grasses, clovers and legumes. There is no need for our cows to consume grain; our grass is all they need for health and vitality.”

 

 

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