Though already in step with the fast-rising local-food movement, Whole Foods Markets is taking its commitment to regional growers and food producers even more seriously this summer by hosting the Farmers and Food Artisans 2007 Road Tour, a moving feast of a farmers' market that includes some of the best foodie foraging in the state, all in one traveling gypsy caravan. Included are homemade cheeses from Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy and MouCo Cheese Company, specialty mushrooms by Hazeldel, delicious sauces and spice mixes by Golden Toad, buffalo burgers from Rocky Mountain Natural Meats and, on the weird side, High Country Kombucha tea.
"It's a great way to get more folks involved with where their food comes from," spokeswoman Jen Marshall says. And she's right: The same people attracted by the Whole Foods indoor repertoire are gonna love the delicious, fresh fare (including prepared lunches) that will be on display and ready for tasting. So bring a big shopping bag: The road tour stops today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Whole Foods Tamarac, 7400 East Hampden Avenue. Future stops include Whole Foods Cherry Creek on July 29 and Whole Foods Belmar on August 18.