Local Foodshed Forum 2018

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Kevin Golz (of Emerge Aquaponics) – along with Ranch Foods Direct owner Mike Callicrate and General Manager Dave Anderson – were among the farmers and local food enthusiasts who participated in a local “Foodshed Forum” on February 24 at UCCS. The event, a collaboration of UCCS, the Green Cities Coalition local food working group and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union … Read More

Supplier Profile: Meet Kevin Golz

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WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO COLORADO SPRINGS? For the past year and a half, I’ve been working at Emerge Aquaponics (in Black Forest) doing system design and farming. I grew up in Ohio and have a mechanical engineering background. I’ve lived all over the world doing different things. FAVORITE CITY? In 1998, I lived for a year in Indonesia, working with … Read More

Meet Felicia Diamond, of Denver

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Growing up in the meat business, she learned what true prime is Felicia Diamond is such an avid fan of Ranch Foods Direct that she drives down from Denver to buy her meat. As she was stocking up on tenderloin and New York strips, lamb, bone broth, short ribs and roast recently, she talked about why she is such a … Read More

Keep this list of daily specials handy!

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Thursday… and there’s no better day to check out the offerings in the fresh meat case. Why? Because every Thursday the store offers a discount on fresh cut meat items. And Friday? That day’s feature is fresh pork! Here’s the list of in-store daily specials: Monday: Meatloaf, stuffed with cheddar and wrapped in applewood bacon, $9.99 per pound. Tuesday: Callicrate … Read More

Thanks to local baker you can have your cake and eat gluten free too

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In 2015, Victoria Johnson started a business to honor a dear friend who had recently passed away by making her favorite dessert: Italian-style rum cake. Aware of the exploding interest in gluten-free foods, she was determined to create an option that would fit the trend without compromising on natural textures and flavors. From those origins, Crown Cakes was born, offering … Read More

In March… Corned beef, potatoes and sausage, shepherd’s pie, ham, lamb and so many other wonderful things…

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DID YOU KNOW? Corned beef briskets and roasts are a favorite at Ranch Foods Direct for St. Patrick’s Day, but did you know the store also has thinly sliced corned beef, made in house, year-round? You can find it in the deli meat-cheese-and-dairy case. Special St. Pat’s pies are here… Mountain Pie Co. created some special seasonal pie flavors to … Read More

Fate of small farms depends on commitment to supporting them

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Organic farmer Demetria Stephens checks on a field of heirloom Turkey Red wheat planted this fall on her family’s farm in Northwest Kansas, right. She was an instructor at January’s “Grain School” hosted jointly by UCCS and the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. Technical advances, whether in the form of bigger equipment, genetically modified seeds or ammonia anhydrous fertilizer, never held … Read More

The search for a healthy (and tasty) cooking spray officially ends here…

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Putting a finishing sear on “sou vide” steaks requires oil with a high smoke point. Looking at various options to achieve this, Melissa (Ranch Foods Direct retail manager and procurement specialist) discovered an ingenious product invented and marketed in neighboring Nebraska. Gourmet Duck Fat Cooking Oil Spray, from Cornhusker Kitchen, puts the rich flavor of duck fat into spray form … Read More

An update from Chef Aaron: fresh offerings, new favorites

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Chef Aaron Miller (right) continues to coax delicious flavors from Ranch Foods Direct products in the store’s in-house kitchen. Here, he talks about some of his latest prepared dishes and new favorites he’s discovered while browsing the store. Q. According to a survey of more than 700 chefs conducted by the National Restaurant Association, the hottest new food trend of … Read More