Down on the Farm: Boulder's Bountiful Farm-to-Table Restaurants

Often times, when you're shopping at the grocery store, you see labels picturing pristine pastures, happy cows, playful chickens, and dewy produce. This is a pleasant fiction but a fiction none-the-less since a great deal of our food is heavily processed, factory-farmed, and grown or raised indoors. That being said, one would think that the days of simple farm living where people harvest fresh produce and ethically raise animals are gone. Think again.

In Boulder, Colorado, a town famous for its food, environmental consciousness, and love for everything local, Farm-to-Table restaurants are "IN" a very big way.

Leading the pack in the FTT movement, Black Cat is a Boulder gem. This bistro owns and harvests a 130 acre farm to bring you fresh ingredients daily.

Pulling from Three Leaf's Farm of Lafayette, CO The Huckleberry, the Dushanbe Teahouse, and the Chautauqua Dining Hall all make our list. Their restaurants provide farm-raised meats and fresh produce year round.

Many of the restaurants on our list also take "local" to a new level by providing local beer, whiskey, and tea. The quaint Huckleberry, for example, prides itself on offering the finest, fresh ingredients, and allowing local jewelers to sell their wares in their lobby, making it possible to eat local and shop local all in one trip.

Stick with our list and you'll enjoy the tastes and delights of the Colorado Front Range straight from the farm and to your waiting plate.

Set at the foothills of the beautiful Flatirons, this century-old landmark features exquisite indoor and outdoor dining (on the historic property's wraparound porch). Starters include the Farm Vegetable Plate or savory Sausage Flatbread. For...  Read More

Local Soul Patch Farm provides Salt with its amazing ingredients to bring guests fresh, organic, produce and meats at a reasonable price-point. For lunch, try the juicy Tom's Tavern Burger or, for something healthier, the Roasted Beet Salad. For...  Read More

Sourcing from several local Boulder farms, including the popular Cure Organic Farm, this moderately priced restaurant is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists alike because of its elegant yet relaxed environment and high-quality food. Known...  Read More

Dedicated to serving locally raised, grass-fed meats, seasonal produce, and some of the most delicious pastries around, The Huckleberry is one of the most cozy corners in the Front Range. Located just outside Boulder in quaint Louisville,...  Read More

Another member of Three Leaf's Farm, the same farm that provides fresh, local, items to Black Cat and Bramble and Hare, The Dushanbe Teahouse brings quality ingredients to the table with international flair. This lovely restaurant was a gift...  Read More

This unique all-vegetarian restaurant offers scrumptious gluten-free and farm-to-table options. Furthermore, they pull the majority of their quality ingredients from their local farm in Lafayette, Colorado. Three Leaf Farm not only caters to...  Read More

Committed to bringing its guests simple, delicious, farm-to-table options, Bramble and Hare is perfect for Sunday brunch or late night drinks. A sister restaurant to Black Cat, this restaurant boasts an eclectic Happy Hour menu that won't break...  Read More

The Early Bird Restaurant, located just 25 minutes from Boulder in lovely Broomfield, Co., offers delicious, local, and organic produce and some of the most decadent combinations around. A family operation, the name "Early Bird" was inspired by...  Read More

Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place
Photo courtesy of SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space

Shine is a unique restaurant truly committed to serving locally sourced, gluten-free, and fair trade foods. Cold-pressed organic juices, sprouted legumes, and beer brewed in-house continues their commitment serve healthy fare. Locally owned and...  Read More

Black Cat is the epitome of a Farm-to-Table restaurants, in fact that's what this Boulder favorite is known for. Pulling fresh, seasonal, ingredients from their 130 acre farm paradise situated just outside Boulder, Chef Eric Skokan and his wife,...  Read More


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