Over 75 percent of the U.S. population enjoys Leprino Foods cheese every year, and the largest food and restaurant companies in the world get their cheese from Leprino. Pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, string cheese, tacos, mozzarella sticks, the list goes on and on. Leprino works with leading milk producers to ensure products are made from the freshest, most wholesome top-grade milk. Mooo-ving on to Quail Ridge Dairy, we are able to visit a state-of-the-art facility designed with cow comfort, employee comfort, and ease of operation at the fore front. The family owned and operated dairy is home to 4000 milking cows. This dairy is a great example of "green" technology -- yes, the poo for growing crops.... and also in recycling water and using feed ingredients cast off by other industries including beer making and ethanol production. The average cow in this dairy gives about 80 pounds of milk a day -- in consumer terms, about 10 gallons per cow per day. Randy and Betsy Graff started Graff's Turf Farm with 120 acres. It has grown to a 440-acre sod farm. Now co-owned by their son James Graff and long time employee Marty Thiel, Graff's Turf Farms remains the front runner in the sod industry, stressing quality, service and customer satisfaction. Graff's Turf Farms implements the latest in equipment and technological advancements to produce top quality sod blends that are rich in color, texture and durability. Graff's Turf Farms Inc. has become an established leader in the sod industry.
2011 was a year in which the Boulder County Commissioners adopted a new Cropland Policy that will govern the types of farming practices that will be used on the 50,000+ acres of land now protected from development by the county. Tour attendees will visit some very unique farms within the county, learn more about Boulder County’s Open Space program and learn about the future of farming in the county based on the policies approved with the new Cropland Policy. This tour will provide a great opportunity to enjoy the scenic views of the Rocky Mountains that provide the backdrop for Boulder. We'll visit ROCK CREEK FARM (www.rockcreekfarm.com) south of Louisville. This farm is a perfect example of agri-tourism success. OLLIN FARMS (www.ollinfarms.com) is located south of Longmont. This family run farm's goal is to honor the rich agricultural heritage of the area by creating a sustainable future. They are a CSA. West of Longmont is the little town of Lyons. This is where we'll find the craft brewery OSKAR BLUES (www.oskarblues.com/hops-heifers/real-time-farms-visits-hops-and-heifers). Our fourth host for the day will be COORS BREWING – MALTING BARLEY PROGRAM (www.millercoors.com). Boulder County is a unique area in Colorado through which Boulder Creek and the St. Vrain River flow.