Get fresh local greens, even during the coldest days of winter

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How is it possible for Ranch Foods Direct to sell locally grown beautiful butterhead bibb lettuce (right) during the coldest days of winter? Emerge Aquaponics, located near Black Forest, grows the lettuce using one of the most advanced sustainable production methods in the agricultural world today. You’ve heard of hydroponics, where plants are grown in water rather than in soil? … Read More

Sous vide prep method makes steaks foolproof

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By now, you’ve probably heard about “sous vide” (pronounced sue veed) the French name for a trendy meat cooking technique that involves vacuum-sealing a cut of meat in an airless bag with flavorings and seasonings and then placing it into a circulating water bath for slow and precise cooking. What makes this method so attractive is its precision and the … Read More

Beef Mushroom Barley Soup

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1 cup barley, or similar grain Olive oil 2 lbs cubed stew meat 2 cups diced carrots 1 1/2 cups diced celery 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 lb cremini mushrooms, chopped 2 bay leaves 10 cups beef broth Prepare barley using directions provided. In a large Dutch oven, brown seasoned beef in olive oil. Remove and cook veggies in more … Read More

Eat local all winter long with interesting grains, real sourdough

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Artisan baker Shawn Saunders, above, supplies Ranch Foods Direct with creations like artisan sourdough and chile cheese bread. Local baker and Ranch Foods Direct bread supplier, Shawn Saunders, shown above, returns to the faculty of this month’s annual “Grain School” put on by UCCS and several partnering organizations. The public grain forum on Saturday, Jan. 13, is open to anyone … Read More

A taste of Old Mexico for the discriminating sweet tooth: popped amaranth treats

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Ranch Foods Direct customers can count on seasonal favorites like real sourdough breads and pastries from The Sourdough Boulangerie, creamy holiday pies from Mountain Pie Co., and handmade caramels and sweets from local kitchens. This fall the store introduced a new line of products called Simply Amaranth that includes seed-packed nut clusters, chocolates and honeyed granola bars. Why amaranth? Joe … Read More

Tastier tubers… come from healthier soil

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Colorado brothers change, innovate, collaborate for better potatoes Sheldon and Brendon Rockey (right) still vividly recall the day in the mid-1990s when a neighboring farmer came to their farm excited about the possibility of growing a new kind of potato. That neighbor was the San Luis Valley’s oldest and best-known organic farmer, Paul New, and the potato was the long … Read More

In store now: the best meat anywhere…and everything else you need for a holiday filled with deliciousness and joy!

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Share cheese, spread cheer THE HOLIDAYS ARE A GREAT TIME to experiment with new cheeses. So says Keith Hintz, owner of Springside Cheese in Pueblo, a certified cheesemaker and Ranch Foods Direct cheese supplier. He and his extended family members make and sell multi-generational Wisconsin-style cheeses that incorporate local ingredients like Ugly Dawg Salsa and Pueblo chiles. One of their … Read More

Just in time for the holidays…

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More prepared food items to help with last minute prep! Soups, sides, rolls and pies… Ranch Foods Direct has what you need to prepare for a season of holiday feasting! Have you tried the Roasted Mushroom Puree with Toasted Pine Nut Cream or Butternut Squash & Apple Cider soup? These soups (made in-house) will be available for purchase leading up … Read More