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GrassRoots Meats Newsletter November 2010
In this issue...
-- Fall in Colorado
-- The Chickens Are Coming!
-- Chicken Feed
-- Visit Pagosa Plan
-- Lisa's Favorite Rib Marinade
-- November Specials
-- In Closing ...

Fall in Colorado
Fall Colors It was an amazingly beautiful color explosion this fall in Colorado. We were very fortunate because the colors seemed to be at their prime the weekend we made deliveries to Denver, so we were able to mix a bit of business with a very pleasurable sightseeing experience.

My sister took this picture on a trip to Pagosa Springs the week before. Unfortunately this is not our ranch, but one can surely dream. I wanted to share it with you, and to encourage all of you to add Pagosa Springs to your list of "must see" places. More on that later . . .

The Chickens Are Coming!
God willing and the sun is still shining, we will have Whole Chickens, Family Packs, Boneless/Skinless Breasts, Wings, Hearts and Livers ready to ship by the 15th of November. The chicken is free-range and USDA inspected, with no added hormones or antibiotics.

Whole Chickens are $4.99 per pound. The Family Pack has a bone-in breast, 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, and 2 wings. The package is $18.99. The Breasts are packed in about 1 1/3 pound packages and run $10.99 per pound. Wings are $3.99 per pound and are packed in 2 1/4 pound packages. The hearts are in 1 1/4 pound packages, as are the livers, and both run $4.59 per pound. The Whole Chickens and the Family Packs do not qualify for any discounts, but if you include the breasts, wings, livers or hearts in a Custom Package of $150 or more you will get a 10% discount. This package can be a combination of beef, lamb and chicken, so be sure to look at this option when you are ordering.

Chicken Feed
Some of you have called to ask if the chickens are fed soy. The answer to that is "Yes," but it is a non GMO soy. Our chicken producer works closely with Bruce Behrends, an expert in this field and a nutritionist, who sent us the following information about chickens and soy:

"Certain proteins can cause allergic reactions in some people. Proteins are complex molecules that are made up of 20 different amino acids linked together in long chains. Each protein has a specific amino acid pattern that gives it it's characteristics. Each protein may contain up to 1000 amino acids. When the chicken digests proteins, the digestive enzymes break the protein into individual amino acids. The amino acids are absorbed in the intestine and reassembled into new proteins in the liver. These proteins are used to make muscle and other tissues and bear no resemblance to soy protein. Thus, people with soy allergy can eat meat from chickens fed soy without fear of an allergic reaction. A good analogy is that you can feed chickens wheat and people with wheat gluten allergy can eat the meat or eggs with no problem. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need further info."

Visit Pagosa Plan
Would you like to come to Pagosa Springs to pick up your meat? Why not spend a week here, and stay at the Wyndham Resort? Our family owns a humongous (is that a word?) number of timeshare points and we would like to offer you the chance to stay at the resort for an extremely reasonable rate. Stay for a week, or just a few days. Check out the website for prices under Visit Pagosa Springs.

To make this opportunity even sweeter, though, from November 19th through December 17th we can offer you condos at deep discounts - a 1 bedroom suite for a full week for $299 (reg $560), a 1 bedroom deluxe for a week for $338 (reg $675), and a 2 bedroom deluxe for a week for $500 (reg $1000). The week of Thanksgiving might be a problem, so be sure to let me know right away if you want that time slot. This is not a Wyndham program, so you will need to call us to make the reservation. Wolf Creek Ski Area opens this weekend, so if skiing is on your list of things to do this winter don't miss this opportunity.

Lisa's Favorite Rib Marinade
In a large bowl combine 3 - 12 ounce cans of beer, 3 tablespoons kosher salt, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon celery seeds, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of black pepper (add 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke, if desired). Stir until salt and brown sugar are dissolved. Add 1 cup favorite BBQ sauce (or see next paragraph for a recipe) and mix well. Cut ribs into small portions and place in a resealable large plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Pour marinade over ribs; seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, turning bag occasionally.

When ready to cook, remove the ribs from marinade and place in an oven cooking bag; cook at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. When tender remove from bag and baste with your favorite BBQ sauce -- or you can try this BBQ sauce recipe: In a medium saucepan cook 1/3 cup chopped onion and 1 minced clove garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil until tender. Stir in 3/4 cup chili sauce, 1/2 cup beer, 1/4 cup honey, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, and 1 tablespoon yellow mustard. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally. If the weather is nice put the ribs on the grill for a few minutes, basting with the BBQ sauce, to get that fresh grilled flavor. Bon appetit!

November Specials
Lisa's marinade is great for short ribs, which leads us to our special - Short Ribs at $2.79 per pound. That is a 20% savings off the regular price of $3.49 per pound. As usual this offer is good as long as supplies last.

We are also running the Chuck Roasts at $4.79 per pound, a savings of $1.20 off the regular price of $5.99 per pound. At this price you should stock up for winter! Try slow cooking our chuck roasts in a crock pot for one of our best tasting meats. Make a pot roast with fresh veggies, or shred it for roast beef sandwiches or BBQ. Our Chuck Roasts are just amazing.

In Closing ...
We are busy getting ready for winter around here. The nights are well below freezing already, and while we do not have any snow on the ground in town yet, the mountains are absolutely glorious with their white caps. Come visit us here in Pagosa. It is a lovely winter wonderland. God bless you all.

Lois, Allan, Lisa & Family

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