The death of Boulder, Colorado’s last dairy farm: Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy no longer local; sells off its goats.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 6, 2008
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I’m (not particularly) a Local.

Oh, don’t you worry, you can still find Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy‘s incredible Peak, Red Cloud, Snowdrop, Queso de Mano, chevre and other cheeses—but they’re now shipping in their goat milk, founder Jim Schott (who we profiled back in the day) is on the board, no longer in the field, they’ve sold off their goats…I don’t know much more, bc there’s little in the news about it.

I remember visiting the Dairy a few years back. We profiled Jim in elephant magazine, full page. We took a ton of photos. The goats were cute as could be, and Haystack was just then beginning its remarkable success story that, financially at least, continues to this day. But even then the pressures of running a dairy in high-priced Boulder County were immense; Jim was at that time looking for more acreage, and couldn’t afford to buy of course. I know he’s now taken on a CEO and other investors—and I’m sure it’s they who made the sad (“pragmatic,” they’ll call it) decisions to send Jim’s goats away to god knows where.

And so our food ecosystem’s diversity continues to shrink—just two days ago I was struck by the fact that, shopping at Whole Foods, I could only find one non-store-brand organic cheese company, Organic Valley, who offered a range of cheddars, Swiss, Feta and such at anything approaching a reasonable price. And this in Whole Foods, the epicenter of organic. And this in Boulder, Whole Foods’ second-best grossing store in the country (after Manhattan).

This is no more:

Haystack Goat Dairy – Longmont, CO from Foodzie on Vimeo.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “The death of Boulder, Colorado’s last dairy farm: Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy no longer local; sells off its goats.”

  1. elena says:

    i think PRL actually may have fallen to 3rd place recently; they were only bronze winners last year. since i'm not at PRL or in the specialty dept. any longer, i'll have to check this out, but the version we heard (and we were developmental investors in the company) was that Jim didn't _want_ to have goats on the property any longer and so was looking for other property to keep them. choosing to sell out of the goats when his prospect in Ft C. dried up disappointed those of us who sell the cheese, at least.

    your comment about organic cheese that's budget friendly is well founded, but consider- i've worked for both corporate and privately-owned specialty shops, and cheese in both places is absolutely a non-essential, luxury item.

    as such, it's worth mentioning that all cheeses- and in that vein, all other food products sold by WFM- are antibiotic, growth hormone, artificial preservative, etc. free. a large percentage of the cheese is also imported from europe, and thus adheres to their comparatively more stringent standards–making it fairly close to organic as a matter of course and almost exclusively produced by pastured dairy stock, but excepting the basic animal-versus-veggie or microbial rennet question which plagues vegetarians who also want good cheese.

    does it cost more? hells yes. but you're paying for an AOC or DOC origin-controlled cheese that had to get here from somewhere. i'm personally very invested in the development and promotion of american and local artisan-quality cheeses, if for no other reason than that they save a lot of waste of non-renewable resources in their transportation. but cheeses of that quality, like the haystack queso de mano or the cypress grove HumFog from Arcata, CA, or the Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam (made from organic milk and also from CA) all sport a price tag that is comfortable over 20$/lb, and which at that price is competitive to, say, Cheese Importer's pricing. the sad thing is that when you buy an artisan product, you have to pay artisan prices.

    if you're looking for the cheapest organically-raised source of cheese-food protein you can find, though, and don't care about whether or not it has the cheese version of a soul, then i'm happy to let you know that Kraft now makes organic american singles.

  2. Karen says:

    I had read about their intention to move company/production last year. I had read that they had bought certified organic land in OK. There was something about the inability to certify the Niwot land as organic. I guess they scrapped that plan……

  3. Yes the whole economic situation has deteriorated greatly this year. Farms all around quitting because they can’t feed their animals. The current administration has completely sold us down the river to pay themselves and their fat cat corporate theives.

  4. There's a long story about this on Daily Camera: