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

RFD customer opens neighborhood taproom

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Tim Black (shown above) and his brother Tom opened local beer and Bavarian-style food hang-out TapTraders, directly north of K-Mart at the Nevada and Fillmore intersection, to much fanfare in mid-July. Not only does Tim procure several of the taproom’s menu items from Ranch Foods Direct, he also does his personal shopping at the store as well. Q. Your favorite … Read More

Farm Stand Friday continues in August

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Get beautiful homegrown tomatoes, peppers, squash and many other kinds of produce, along with handmade tamales, cinnamon rolls, bread and more at Farm Stand Fridays, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Ranch Foods Direct! This is a chance to personally meet a few of the people who grow your food… including Grant Goldberg, owner of Twisted Pines Farm… Grant (above) … Read More

Meet the couple behind award-winning local whiskey glaze and sauces…

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While living in Germany, this fun couple found a way to add some extra spice to their life: by making their own hot sauce at home! THE BACKSTORY: Patrick Tolbert (left) and his wife Tanja were both fans of Louisiana-style hot sauce, but while they lived in Germany (where he was employed as a naval technician) it was very difficult … Read More