Get your protein fix at local Colorado markets

Roasted duck breast with golden crispy skin served with baked apples and chestnuts. Served on a ceramic black plate over rustic dark wooden table. Top view

Looking to make protein the cornerstone of your holiday feast? From turkey to Tofurky to turducken, visit these local retailers to satisfy your holiday protein cravings.

Oliver’s Meat Market

If you like beef, check out Oliver’s Meat Market  in Denver. Family owned for five generations, Oliver’s Meat Market takes local, high-quality meat and brings it up a notch. Shop Oliver’s for local UDSA Choice and Prime corn-fed beef that’s naturally dry aged to bring out the flavor. But don’t stop there. Oliver’s also carries natural pork, poultry and Colorado lamb.


Looking for fresh foods that won’t break the bank? Try Sprouts , a health food supermarket offering fresh, natural and organic foods at fair prices. Sprouts’ Old Tyme Butcher Shop features trained butchers who can custom-cut any meat just the way you want it. Sprouts also offers protein-laden holiday catering trays for simple, nutritious food that’s ready to go.

Natural Grocers

Originally founded in Colorado, Natural Grocers  is now found in 19 states across the country. Not only is the grocer convenient for many throughout the Centennial State, but it also has a commitment to healthy, sustainable food. In fact, one of the company’s founding principles is its naturally raised meat standard as Natural Grocers does not sell any meat that includes added hormones. Swing by Natural Grocers for high-quality protein and all your other holiday food needs.

The Local Market

Another favorite for those spending their holidays in the mountains, the Local Market  in Breckinridge is a specialty market with organic foods. While not a full supermarket, they do carry all-natural meats, produce and dairy items.

Marczyk Fine Foods

With aged Niman Ranch beef, wild turkey and fresh fish, Marczyk Fine Foods  in Denver is one-stop shopping for protein during the holidays—and throughout the year. Marczyk also offers Embden and Colorado Pilgrim heritage geese fresh from the farm and stays fully stocked on all the fancy cuts of meat you crave during the holidays. Just ask the full-service butcher to cut any piece of meat to your specifications.

Al-Mart General Store

Looking for protein in the mountains? Check out Al-Mart General Store  in Alma. It’s the highest general store in North America, located at 10,600 feet. Al-Mart offers apparel, outdoor gear, and a grocery section stocked with homegrown Colorado beef, chicken and pork from the Scanga Meat Company.

Whole Foods Market

Craving a turducken this holiday season? Stop by your local Whole Foods Market  for a show-stopping holiday roast made of a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, stuffed into a deboned turkey with stuffing layered between each bird. Don’t worry about dusting off your boning knife. Let Whole Foods Market do the delicious work for you.

Trader Joe’s

Want the protein without the meat? Swing by your local Trader Joe’s  for your Tofurky fix. Pick up slow roasted chicken, ground Tofurky, sausages, tempeh and holiday roasts to bring a meat-free main dish to your holiday table.

NOOCH Vegan Market

Shopping vegan this holiday season? Head over to NOOCH Vegan Market  in Denver. NOOCH offers vegan groceries, snacks, and you can also do some last-minute gift shopping with the market’s selection of vegan books, body care essentials, kitchenware, gifts, accessories and more.

Author: Stephanie Sample

December 13, 2016