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Looking for great local food producers in Boulder

I am heading out to Boulder in a few weeks and I always like to check out local fare when I am in a new town. We are definitely going to check out some restaurants, but are there any great food producers in the area that I have to check out? Maybe a cheesemaker, chocolatier, or an artisanal preserve producer? I'd love to try anything. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. I've been meaning to go for a tour of Haystack Mountain goat dairy. They have open drop-in hours for tours on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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    Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy
    1121 Colorado Ave, Longmont, CO

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    1. re: Megiac

      Haystack Mountain - yes.

      Also, excellent bakeries (Breadworks, Spruce Confections). Also II, Boulder Ice Cream, Hatton Creamery, Bacio Gelato. It's easy to find artisanal producers at the Boulder County Farmer's Market, but it's on winter break. Once it reopens, you can find people who make their own preserves, honey, granola, baby food, herbak teas, etc.

      1. re: ClaireWalter

        Thanks to you both for the Haystack Mountain suggestion. We're actually arriving on Tuesday and needed to kill some time before we could check into our hotel. The farm tour is the perfect thing to do. I am really excited to meet the goats and try some of their fantastic cheese! Since your suggestion I read more about them and have only found great things. Thanks again!

        1. re: foodzie

          Please report back on how the tour is. I've been wanting to check it out, it sounds really cool!

          1. re: itri

            Will do! I'll be sure to take pictures of the cute little goats too. :)

    2. I am reporting back about my visit to Haystack Goat Dairy. Thanks to everyone for the suggestion, we had such a good time! They took us all around the farm and let us meet the goats and then we went inside and learned more about their cheese-making process. There are some really dedicated cheese-makers on the farm and boy it shows with the quality of their cheeses. I am lucky to have a phenomenal goat dairy in NC, Goat Lady Dairy, but the cheeses we tried at Haystack where some of the best goat cheeses I've tried. I wrote a whole post about it on my blog, www.blog.foodzie.com if you'd like to read more details. I even took some video of our trip (the goats really liked to ham it up for the camera!) that's included in the post. If you are in the area, I would definitely recommend the tour. The people there are so friendly, the goats will make you smile and of course the cheese is delicious!

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      Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy
      1121 Colorado Ave, Longmont, CO

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      1. re: foodzie

        Thanks for the report back! That's definitely on my list of things I want to do. Do you think an almost 2 year old is too young to get anything out of it? Those goats are REALLY cute!

        1. re: itri

          I think a little one would love being out at the farm. The goats are so friendly and come right up to the fence and make their cute little baaah! You can even pet their heads through the fence. Definitely make the trip if you can find the time and bring your little one along. We were so glad we went.

          1. re: foodzie

            Awesome, sounds like it might even be fun for a playgroup outing! We will definitely check it out!

      2. Check out the farmer's market on Saturdays. That will give you a great idea of what's around, most of the local food producers go there (and there is always live music, etc, so it is just a ton of fun in general). Also, make sure to go to Spruce St. Confectionary