Nestled in the newly developed Bucking Horse neighborhood in Fort Collins, Jessup Farm Artisan Village is a farm-inspired collection of businesses created to showcase and preserve the city’s rich agricultural history.
The village is home to a variety of businesses, including two restaurants, a coffee shop, a brewery, shops, a photography studio and more, which means you can satisfy your caffeine fix, get a haircut, grab a beer, enjoy a meal and pick up a gift — all in one convenient place.
Use our complete guide to get to know the variety of vendors at Jessup Farm before your visit — plus, learn more about the farmstead’s rich history and impressive sustainability efforts.
Photo Courtesy of Jessup Farm Artisan Village
At the turn of the 20th century, when Fort Collins was a small agricultural town, Joseph and Mary Jessup purchased the property from Joseph’s uncle that is now Jessup Farm Artisan Village. Joseph built a brick farmhouse, a barn and other outbuildings, eventually creating a proper farmstead where they could raise their sons. The Jessups worked the farm and owned the property until the mid-1950s. In 1963, their neighbors, the Johnsons, purchased the farmstead and incorporated it into their property called Spring Creek Farms.
As the area grew, Spring Creek Farms was sold to development. In 2011, the new owners, the Campana family of Bellisimo Inc., thought of a plan to preserve and honor the property’s incredible history by creating an innovative reuse plan. Bellisimo combined elements of New Urbanist planning with concepts from the farm-to-table/farmers’ market movements, to create the Jessup Farm Artisan Village we see today.
While it may serve a different function than it originally did, the village still sits high on the bluff and remains a welcoming place for neighbors and visitors to drop by for a visit. To learn more about the history of Jessup Farm, click here.
Coffee Shop + Roaster
Any day at Jessup Farm Artisan Village is best begun at Bindle Coffee, one of our favorite roasters in NoCo. Husband and wife owners Andrew and Jenn Webb care deeply about where their coffee beans come from and how both the farmers and consumers are treated. Their global worldview is displayed clearly in the shop where they have a large world map that shows where their current beans are from. And they roast those beans inside their beautifully transformed 19th-century mechanic’s shop! Bindle has a full espresso bar and coffee brew bar, plus loose leaf teas, wholesome homemade baked goods, and a variety of light breakfast and lunch options.
Step into the Old World at Cacciatore at Heller’s Kitchen, where handcrafted, flavorful Italian dishes are perfectly paired with carefully curated wines. Everything here is made from scratch, including the pizzas, grinders, cavatelli, gnocchi and more. Cacciatore offers the option for either take-out or dine-in — and you can take your dining experience to the next level with a special wine pairing menu, a cooking class, or the special “chef’s table” meal service in the kitchen.
Clayton Jenkins Studio is a boutique lifestyle photography studio specializing in weddings, portraits, family, senior and commercial photography. They provide unique session experiences resulting in custom hand-printed and framed wall portrait art you can display in your home for years to come. Clayton Jenkins has been in business for 15 years, 10 of which have been spent in Fort Collins.
Photo Courtesy of Aaron Patterson of Patterson Wolf Photography and PhoCo
Situated in a historic 130-year-old building, The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm is a casual eatery focused on elevated country and healthy farm fare. While they source from local farms, The Farmhouse has a little farm of their own on site, with a ¼-acre of land and a chicken coop. Whether it’s brunch, lunch or supper, their seasonal menu items are made from scratch with only the best local ingredients! Their atmosphere completes the experience, with its rustic, inviting and country-meets-city feel.
Women’s Clothing Boutique
Housed in a former loafing shed, HEYDAY is a fresh, clean and playful retail shop filled with clothing, shoes, accessories, candles and other home furnishings for a simple-living lifestyle. With a focus on well-crafted, beautiful and unique pieces, HEYDAY brings fresh brands and new designers to Northern Colorado — and even into Denver at their newest location in the Dairy Block.
No village would be complete (in Colorado, at least) without a local brewery. In a region saturated with breweries, it can be difficult for a new brewery to stand out, but the Barrel House does just that. The same people who brought us Funkwerks are using Jessup Farm’s 130-year-old barn to create and serve barrel-aged brews to the masses. The barrel house utilizes tequila, whiskey, rum, bourbon and wine barrels to age their beers, creating a truly unique yet approachable lineup! They offer a rotating 16-tap selection of crafted beers plus one dedicated nitro tap. The beer is served in pints, tasters, flights and growlers.
Ice Cream Shop
Photo Courtesy of Josh & John’s
Founded in Colorado Springs in 1986 by childhood buddies named — you guessed it! — Josh and John, this ice cream shop is making its way north to Jessup Farm Artisan Village in Fort Collins. All of the ice cream at Josh & John’s is churned fresh and made with the best possible ingredients. Flavors include both originals, such as Oatmeal Cookie and Malted Mazel Toff, and classics, like Rocky Mountain Road and Dutch Chocolate. Complete your experience with a homemade waffle cone and hot fudge or caramel drizzled over your flavor of choice!
Home + Supply Store
A sister store to HEYDAY, KNAPSACK is a home and supply store filled with curated goods for everyday living. With a concentration on balancing beauty and function, KNAPSACK believes in the motto “Less House, More Home” with their collection of quality textiles and decor, unique accessories, tableware for entertaining, and much more. Their thoughtful mix of accessories and decor is designed to cozy up your home.
Barbershop + Social Club
Lucky 27 is more than just a barbershop. Blending the old school with new styles, Lucky 27 is a barbershop, shave parlor and social club all in one. Services include men’s haircuts, fades, scissor cuts, clipper cuts, straight razor shaves, and beard and mustache trims. Lucky 27 operates on a walk-in basis only, which means you can spontaneously get a haircut while you’re visiting Jessup Farm!
Moore Animal Hospital is a trusted local veterinarian hospital. The veterinarians at Moore Animal Hospital truly care about your needs — as well as your pet’s! They provide a variety of services for cats and dogs, all centered on a foundation of wellness care and preventative medicine to maintain long, happy lives. Services include wellness care, vaccinations, dentistry, ultrasound, microchipping, surgery, grooming, critical care and much more.
Boutique Fitness Studio
With several locations across the country, SPENGA is a boutique fitness studio with a variety of classes to keep you in shape. Their model combines three essential elements of fitness: ride, rep and revive. Each 60-minute SPENGA session boosts endurance, strengthens muscles, and restores your body through a unique combination of spin, HIIT training and yoga.
And if you thought Jessup Farm Artisan Village couldn’t get any better, they also place a significant emphasis on sustainability, from the repurposed historic buildings to a newer initiative: their Native Grass Restoration Project. This multi-year project is focused on restoring native grass to Jessup Farm and the surrounding Bucking Horse neighborhood. Native grass requires much less water to maintain and remains more hardy in years of drought.
While this growing and seeding process might take a bit to unfold, the long-term benefits will be well worth it. Overall, this project will save Jessup Farm and Bucking Horse 55 million gallons of water every year. Plus, it will prevent 6,000 pounds of CO2 from being emitted per year by lawn maintenance equipment, and will provide an excellent wildlife habitat for rabbits, deer, birds, insects, and other small mammals seeking food, nesting and coverage.
Photo Courtesy of Jessup Farm Artisan Village
If you haven’t had a chance to visit Jessup Farm and its many incredible businesses, now’s your chance!
And if you’d like to enjoy easier access to this thriving artisan village, you might consider moving to Bucking Horse. There are plenty of incredible homes for sale in Bucking Horse, many of which are beautiful new construction homes. Community amenities in Bucking Horse include a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, an extensive trail system, parks and community gardens, and of course — easy access to Jessup Farm.