James Ranch. Three generations of James’s and their families welcome the accelerated interest in their grassed-based, organically, locally produced meats, cheese, vegetables & flowers, eggs, and trees. All our products are sustainably grown on the ranch we have stewarded for forty-eight years in the Animas Valley, 10 miles north of Durango, Colorado.
We currently sell 100% grass-fed and finished beef, from Red Angus cows—by the side or by the steak—never away from our supervision until on your grill. Our artisan cheeses are made of raw milk from our Jersey cows raised and milked right on the ranch. We’ve been making these distinctive cheeses over eight years; they stand alone among Colorado homestead cheeses. Our pastured chickens produce brown & green eggs sought after by our local customers for their outstanding taste. We devote six acres to growing vegetables, flowers, and fruits that defy the imagination and short growing season of our high mountain valley. We don’t expect our customers to eat our spruce trees, but recommend these mature, naturally grown, native trees for your landscape needs.
Both our beef herd and dairy herd are completely grass based. All of our animals are raised without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, hormones or antibiotics. We strongly believe in farming and ranching sustainably and improving the land whenever possible. We love to have our customers see what we do and learn of our holistic practices that support the healthy land, crops, animals, and families. During the summer from June thru October we have guided tours two days per week, using an electric cart for ease of transport and enjoyment.
Our products are available at our own Ranch Market (Open M-F, 11:00-6:00, May-Oct. and open Saturdays 1-4:30, during the winter). We also make our products available at the Durango and Telluride Farmer’s Markets, regional natural food stores and singular restaurants in the area. Visit our website for more specifics about each product. Contact us about shipping possibilities.
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