THE SCOOP: Pies aren’t just for sweet summer fruits. When buttery, flaky crust meets a rich meaty savory filling, the marriage can be every bit as satisfying. Especially when the meat inside that lovingly-made pastry shell is all sourced from Ranch Foods Direct! So it is with a new product being offered by a local couple in Colorado Springs who just happen to be long-time Ranch Foods Direct customers.

“This is an item I grew up eating in New Zealand,” explains Matt Campbell, who started Mountain Pie Co. with his fiance Tara Quisenberry. (Speaking of great marriages, the two are planning a September wedding.)

The couple is thoroughly committed to sourcing high quality ingredients like beef, chicken and pork from Ranch Foods Direct and dairy products from Royal Crest. “The integrity of our product is more important to us than the price,” Tara says. In fact, she says she would still be a vegetarian if it were not for Ranch Foods Direct (coupled with some influence from her soon-to-be hubby.)

Concerns about livestock welfare and handling gave her an aversion to meat in the past. “Humanely raised is very important to us,” she says. “I know I can trust Ranch Foods Direct completely.” (Tara is a successful example of what Ranch Foods Direct owner Mike Callicrate jokingly refers to as the company’s “vegetarian recovery program.”)

Adds Matt: “I think people out there are just as concerned as we are about where their food comes from and how it is raised.”

UP NEXT: For now the couple’s savory breakfast and dinner pies (featuring beef, chicken or breakfast chorizo) are sold at the Sunday Downtown Farmers Market and at the recently re-opened Kinfolks in Manitou Springs. (They also do catering.) Eventually, they’d like to sell frozen pies in bulk through retail outlets like Ranch Foods Direct, which sounds like a marriage made in heaven.

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