Back in 1988, founder Jim Schott and his wife bought five goats (four does and a buck) and cultivated a modest 6-acre farmstead in Niwot, Colorado. Haystack Mountain lay in view just to the north, and after he’d made his first delicious chevre, Jim couldn’t think of a better emblem for what he set out to build.
Jim incorporated the company in 1989 and started selling his homemade chevre to restaurants and farmers markets in and around Boulder County. Haystack Mountain goat cheeses first appeared in Alfalfa’s markets in 1992, and Haystack won its first award the same year. In the mid-nineties Haystack cheeses came to the table in white-tablecloth restaurants. No doubt, Jim’s humble, hand-wrought cheeses were finding appeal with a wider range of tastes.
The new millennium ushered in more and more orders for Haystack’s expanding menu of cheeses. We fashioned our first raw milk cheese in 2002. Two years later, Haystack opened its creamery in Longmont, and in 2005, our products started appearing in some of the nation’s finest cheese cases. By 2007, we’d expanded our creamery to keep up with demand, and the next year we began purchasing goat milk from our new partners at the Skyline Correctional Facility dairy in Cañon City.
We are pleased to offer private creamery tours to the public. Tours are available on Thursdays between 10am-4pm and are approximately one hour long. They feature a behind-the-scenes look at our new creamery, an overview of the economic fundamentals of the artisan cheese business, and a guided cheese tasting featuring at least five of Haystacks’s finest cheeses, spanning a variety of styles.
The cost for a private tour is a minimum of $100 for up to 10 people, plus $10 for each additional person beyond 10. Our tours are a fun and educational experience and are perfect for school groups, corporate team building events, community groups and senior outings. Our facility is fully ADA compliant – mobility challenges are not an issue.
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