Wholesail Interviews - Colorado Front Range: Where to buy food direct from the wholesalers who supply your favorite restaurants

Colorado Front Range: Where to buy food direct from the wholesalers who supply your favorite restaurants

With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Colorado grocery stores are experiencing stock issues and can be very crowded. Meanwhile, restaurants are closing their doors or moving to takeout only and the vendors that serve restaurants are experiencing the pain of significant decline in orders.

This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone in the food industry, and the average food wholesaler in the US is a small business about the size of the average restaurant. They don’t have big safety nets and their businesses are at now risk with the majority of their customers being closed.

For this reason, many wholesalers have begun taking orders directly from consumers and some are even offering home delivery. This can be a great solution to access great products and stock up while supporting businesses that need it. Below is a list of wholesalers that have started to sell direct to consumers and how to order from them. These are the same great wholesalers that have been supplying your favorite restaurants locally.

This list will be updated daily as we learn of new wholesalers that are offering products directly to consumers and wholesale prices. If you have any feedback about an ordering experience, or if you are a wholesaler that wants to add or remove information, please email colorado@paywholesail.com.

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Wholesalers offering delivery in the Denver area to consumers

Last updated 4/10/2020

Produce, Meat, and Dry Grocery

Italco Food Products:

Mike and Chris Laurita grew up in the specialty food business. Their parents ran a restaurant in Georgetown, Colorado, for nearly a decade in the 1970s before opening a retail food store in Denver in 1979. Eventually chefs started coming into the store, asking to buy olive oil and pasta for their restaurant kitchens. Checkout our interview with Mike Laurita.

  • What they offer: Gourmet and Specialty Food (visit the website)  Currently running specials on cheeses as well as three boxes- Sous Vide (Pot Roast, Veal Oso Buco, Pork Shank, Boneless Short Rib, Duck Legs, Chicken) - Soup (Ivars Soups: Clam Chowder, Tomato, and Zuppa Toscana) - Curry (Ivars Coconut Chicken Curry with Basmati Rice).
  • Social Media: Facebook- italcofoodproductsinc  Instagram- @italcofoodproducts
  • How to order: check the website for products (they have tons) then call 303-722-1882 to order (M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Pickup: 1340 S Cherokee St, Denver, CO 80223
  • Hours:  Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

Altamira:

  • What they offer:  600+ Top ingredients from Altamira, Fresh Guys and Uppercut Meats
  • Social Media: Facebook - altamira.foods
  • How to order: www.altamiradoorstep.com
  • Delivery Region: Inside the E470 Loop.  Orders received by 10pm will be delivered the next day.  No Sunday delivery.
  • Pickup: Free delivery for orders over $50.
  • Payments: Credit Cards, ApplePay, Paypal

Boulder County Farmers Market (Online):

  • What they offer:  Produce, Meat, Eggs, Poultry, Flowers, Dairy, Breads, Honey, and more
  • Social Media: Facebook- bouldercountyfarmersmarkets Instagram- @bcfm
  • How to order: We just released an online ordering form for our food access programs (WIC, SNAP, and Fruit & VEG).  Please use this link if you are using these programs – tinyurl.com/FindYourFarmer

Poultry & Meat

Tonali Meats:

Buckner Family Farm | Boulder Lamb

  • What they offer: Raise 100% grass-fed lamb and beef and pasture-raised pork.
  • How to order: Order by Email: info@boulderlamb.com
  • Delivery: Available between Longmont, Boulder and Denver with $150 minimum
  • Pickup: Contact Buckner Family Farm directly about pickup at their Longmont Ranch location

Lombardi Brothers Meats:

Rock River Bison:

Tender Belly:

  • What they offer: Delicious Bacon
  • How to order: Order Online
  • Delivery region:  Ship anywhere in the US

Ranch Food Direct:

  • What they offer:  meat, pork, poultry, and lamb
  • How to order: Order Online
  • Delivery region: Ship anywhere in the US.

Produce

Fresh Guys:

  • What they offer:  Mixed Produce Boxes ($20)
  • Social Media: Instagram- @thefreshguysproduce
  • How to order: First come First serve (seniors -60+)  8-9am, All others 9am-1pm or until sold out.  Announcement of sell out will be posted on instagram.
  • Pickup: 1890 E. 58th Ave, Denver, CO 80216.  Curbside pick-up, employees will load the box into your car.
  • Payments: Cash and exact change preferred, Credit cards okay if must be

Rebel Farms:

The GrowHaus:

  • What they offer: Produce Boxes and other staples for delivery
  • How to order:  Order Online
  • Delivery region: Denver

Hazel Dell Mushrooms:

Seafood

Alaskan Salmon Company:

Bread & Grocery

Coda Coffee:

  • What they offer: Whole Bean and Ground Roasted Coffee
  • Social Media: Facebook- codacoffee  Instagram- @codacoffee
  • How to order: Order Online
  • Pickup: Shipping only.  Roaster is closed to all but vital employees

Aspen Baking Company

  • What they offer: All-natural and fresh 2 lb loaves of deli sliced white, whole wheat, and sourdough bread for $5.00.
  • Hours: Monday - Friday from 9 am- 4 pm
  • Pickup Only: 8035 E 40th Avenue, Denver, Co 80207
  • Payments: Cash Only

Bee Squared Apiaries

  • What they offer: Varietal and Infused honey, honey comb, beeswax, gorgeous beeswax candles, luscious soap
  • Social Media: Facebook and  Instagram
  • How to order:  Order online
  • Pickup:  1617 White Water Ct.  Berthoud CO 80513 - Parcel box in front.
  • Deliveries: Denver on Wednesday.  Fort Collins on Thursday.  Along the Front Range by demand.
  • Additional Questions:  Call Beth Conrey 970-213-3099 or email beth@bethsbees.com

Dairy

Haystack Mountain Cheese

  • What they offer: Cheese made right!  Artisinal, natural and organic cow and goat cheese that can be purchased by the lb or the unit.
  • Hours: Monday - Friday from 9 am - 5 pm
  • Pickup: 505 Weaver Park Road, Unit F, Longmont, CO 80501
  • Delivery region: Only available for Boulder city limits and Longmont for $25 minimum order.  

La Mozzarella

  • What they offer: Burrata imported weekly from Italy from Bari
  • How to order: Email: lara@lamozz.com or call 847-312-3401
  • Delivery region: Denver Metro
  • Payments: Cash, Venmo, Paypal