If you have been with us since the beginning, you have probably picked up some of the best ways to eat fresh and healthy in Northern Colorado. As you now probably know, Fort Collins is a prime location for farm-to-table restaurants, coffee shops, and eateries. Even if some of them may be hidden, there is something for everyone!
Take a walk around Old Town and have a look around. Each place has its own story. If you’re a local and have tried everything downtown, don’t forget that there is even more fresh food to be had. This post will give anyone, locals or not, the ultimate guide to eating farm fresh and healthy in Fort Collins.
Either you love food, or you’re wrong. But having different tastes is perfectly understandable. So we’ll start with simplest way to eat fresh: going out.
Eating Fresh at Local Restaurants
Many Fort Collins Restaurants source their food locally and offer a variety of farm-to-table meals. Let’s take another look at our top choices.
Restaurant 415, Locality, and Tasty Harmony are the top picks from the Farm Fresh Fort Collins team.
All of these joints offer something unique, and are certainly worth a look if you’re in town.
Restaurant 415 is a casual, but very popular choice that offers refreshing meals for every diet. 415 is popular for its breakfast, sandwiches, and of course, their pizzas. For more information, check out their website here or our recent post with an in depth description.
What to get: The Gimme
415 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Next, be sure to check out Locality. Locality is a Fort Collins kitchen and bar that is locally owned and focuses on serving farm-to-table cuisine. The owners are very passionate about giving back to the community, and work to offer “an incredible dining experience.” Check out their website here. Locality is a little more fancy than some of the other restaurants in FoCo, so be sure to wear a jacket!
What to get: Roasted Chicken
2350 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80525
Tasty Harmony is an excellent choice if you’re looking to fill up as a vegetarian. They are owned and operated by Colorado locals and specialize in “Garden Fresh” food. Rest assured, that their food is of the highest quality and gets from the garden to your plate as soon as possible. Click here for a full look at their menu, or click here to check out our reviews.
What to get: Buddha Belly
160 W Oak St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Farms for Dairy and Produce
Sometimes going to the store just can’t fit into your everyday schedule. Luckily in Fort Collins, there is a number of farms that deliver fresh dairy and produce to your doorstep. We compiled the top 3 best options for your everyday needs.
Three Bells Dairy:
At Three Bells Dairy, you can not only have fresh milk delivered once a week for $45/month, but you also can buy a ‘share’ to help maintain the farm. These ‘shares’ allow you to board your own cows with them so you can have your own personal fresh milk. To get to know more about them and their options, visit our blog post about Fresh Dairy.
Blue Barrel Farms:
Blue Barrel Farms is the place for you if you are looking for seasonal produce fresh from a small, locally owned farm. You can get anything from cucumbers to tomatoes to squash at this family owned farm. But you better be quick, the farm only awards limited amounts of ‘shares’ for their produce each year!
Morning Fresh Dairy:
Morning Fresh Dairy is directly correlated with one of our favorite coffee shops, Howling Cow Cafe. Morning Fresh lets you order milk based on your own need each week for less than $4/gallon. Not only are they one of the best dairy farms in Northern Colorado, but they have their own delivery system and guarantees free, on time delivery each week!
Local coffee shops
Coffee is something that most people can’t live without and those who want to eat farm fresh don’t have to miss out. Lucky enough Fort Collins has a variety of coffee places that provide farm fresh products and resources. We have picked Crooked Cup, Mugs and Cuppy’s Coffee Shop as our favorite places to get a farm fresh caffeine boost. Each shop has a unique, fun atmosphere and offers specials just for us here in Fort Collins.
The Crooked Cup is a place where you are able to unwind and feel good about what you are consuming. They locally source the ingredients for their treats, and have some of the freshest coffee by partnering with a roastery right here in Fort Collins.
What to get: Crooked Pearl
Address: 147 W Oak St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
If you are looking for a place with a unique yet modern vibe, then Mugs Coffee is the place for you. With 85% of their ingredients being locally sourced, organic or homegrown they are always looking for initiatives to make their products better tasting and better for you.
What to get: McCabe’s Drink
Address: 306 W Laurel St., Fort Collins, CO 80524 & 261 S College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524
Cuppy’s Coffee Shop
Cuppy’s Coffee is a quaint shop that exudes positive energy. Their upbeat staff is always looking to make your experience the best it can be and almost all of their food products are sourced from local small business’ who use farm fresh ingredients to ensure the best quality food.
What to get: Maple Donut Latte
Address: 353 W. Drake Rd #120, Fort Collins, CO 80526
For more information on these favorite coffee shops of ours, or to find more farm fresh coffee shops in Fort Collins, check out our post about them here!
Where to buy fresh food for home
Maybe you’re not in the mood to go out for dinner tonight and would rather make yourself a local healthy meal. Here are our suggestions to get some local food and support the Fort Collins community!
Fort Collins Food Co-Op
The Fort Collins Food Co-Op is a not for profit grocery store sourcing all of their products local and making sure they are organic. They believe high quality food should be easy to obtain by “using whole ingredients instead of processed foods, bulk instead of pre-packaged, locally grown instead of cheap and imported.” This community staple offers great local food at a great price.
What to get: This is a great place to get foods, spices, herbs, and personal care items (such as lotion) in bulk.
250 E Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Beavers Supermarket is the last remaining locally owned and operated full service grocery store in Ft. Collins. They offer a great selection of produce, meat, food, and general needs. Nestled right in the heart of a relaxed Fort Collins neighborhood, it’s a go to for groceries with a small mom/pop store feel.
What to get: Beavers is a great place to purchase high quality meats, cut by their full time butcher. They even make their own homemade sausages.
1100 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521
Larimer County Farmers Market
Although the Larimer County Farmer’s Market is a seasonal place to shop, they always have fresh local produce. All of the products offered are grown, produced or made by local vendors. They are open on Saturdays, 8am – Noon and will be opening for the 2018 season from May 19 to Oct. 27, 2018.
What to get: The Larimer County Farmer’s Market has a large amount of vendors, all selling something different. Check out this list of vendors to see what they have to offer!
200 W Oak St, Fort Collins, CO 80521