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

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

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

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

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

These pastured turkeys are rare birds

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To grow a turkey to its finished weight takes more than 3 months. Not many farmers still raise free-range turkeys using traditional production methods, but Greg Gunthorp is one of them. Here, more about Ranch Foods Direct’s featured turkey supplier. THE FARM: Greg Gunthorp was selling pigs into the commodity market for less than his grandfather had sold them during … Read More

Making connections

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Ranch Foods Direct finds the best agricultural products in the region and makes them available to customers Less than three hours from Colorado Springs lies the agriculturally rich San Luis Valley, cradled by majestic peaks. As part of an interconnected web of food hubs, RFD’s food distribution arm, Peak to Plains Food Distributing, sources unique products from the valley and … Read More

Cafe Red Point makes a point of sourcing local

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The revitalization of the old Lincoln School at 2727 N. Cascade is adding additional healthy food options to the Fillmore business corridor. Anchor tenant Cafe Red Point procures a number of items from Ranch Foods Direct, including Callicrate meats and Yoder eggs. Described as “nutrient dense, paleo friendly and 100 percent gluten-free,” the menu features creations like fried eggs over … Read More