The food served at Hell's Backbone Grill emphasizes regional cuisine using locally produced ingredients, including organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers from the restaurant's own no-harm organic farm. Almost every scrap of food goes back to the earth: either composted or fed to our chickens who produce our beautiful breakfast eggs.
Pests and weeds are managed using earth-friendly means; natural nutrients and products such as leaves, manure, and composted food are built into the soil to fertilize plants without the use of chemicals; and artificial products such as petroleum-based fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides are strictly avoided. Essentially, everything used in the garden to promote healthy plant growth comes from the earth itself and won't pollute, harm, or imbalance the environment, contaminate the water supply, or hurt beneficial organisms.
Boulder is also home to a great variety of heirloom fruit trees. In addition to the many fruit trees on the farm, we tend a number of other orchards in town, including the historic Annie's Orchard, which is, and always has been, completely chemical free. From these orchards we pick apricots, several varieties of peaches, apples, pears, plums and beautiful grapes. We feature these fruits seasonally on our menu and make preserves, jams, butters and chutneys to use throughout the year.