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

And for the chilly weather soon to come… vodka-spiked tomato sauce? Yes!

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The final issue of Gourmet magazine, published back in 2009, contained a recipe for vodka-spiked cherry tomatoes. This is how it’s done: take the last of the season’s cherry tomatoes, blanch and peel and toss them in a mixture of vodka, vinegar, sugar, and lemon zest, let them soak for an hour, drain, and you have a clever cocktail hour … Read More

Goodies with a goal: preserving traditions

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During Farm Stand Friday, Cynthia Chung has been selling intricate, delicate Chinese pretzels (in both sweet and savory variations) to raise donations for the Golden Lotus Foundation. “We want to create a place in Colorado Springs where we can host activities and events and also have a central location so people who are looking for interpreters or other assistance can … Read More