This month, MAD Greens Inspired Eats, a Denver-based restaurant group, will make the switch from a national cheese purveyor to Colorado-based Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, producer of premium, handcrafted raw and pasteurized cheeses, made in a variety of styles.
MAD Greens, known for its salads, soups and sandwiches featuring high-quality ingredients served fresh in interesting combinations, will serve Haystack Mountain’s chevre exclusively in its 11 locations along Colorado’s Front Range.
The move represents another step in the brand’s commitment to use local companies and locally sourced ingredients on its menu.
“By making the switch from a California producer to Haystack Mountain, we sustain a small, local creamery and lower our carbon footprint significantly,” said MAD Greens Founder and CEO Marley Hodgson. “Most importantly, Haystack chevre is of the highest quality and tastes great. We’re pleased to support such an excellent producer who’s right in our backyard.”
Hodgson anticipates purchasing at least 10,000-12,000 pounds of goat cheese annually from Haystack Mountain. Haystack Mountain’s chevre will be featured in MAD Greens’ best-selling Crazy Ivan salad, its Marilyn Monroe panini and the chain’s locals-only Alferd Packer salad served up each summer and featuring all locally grown ingredients such as Palisade peaches, Olathe corn, and local green beans and lettuce.
Today, MAD Greens sources its fresh produce and proteins from local farms whenever possible during growing season, including mushrooms from Rakhra Mushrooms in Alamosa, CO., romaine lettuce from Charles Johnson Farms in Center, CO., and cherry tomatoes from Golden-based Agriburbia.
Its steak is sourced almost entirely from northeastern Colorado. Additionally, MAD Greens uses locally owned companies to provide other menu items, such as Udi’s Artisan Bakery in Denver, which provides ciabatta and cracked wheat bread for homemade croutons and nuts from Olomomo Nut Company out of Boulder.
Find more information and restaurant locations at www.madgreens.com.