June 2007

"Food is the rare moral arena in which the choice that's best for the world and best for your community is also the best on your table."

     - Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Shop Ranch Foods Direct monthly specials

With Father's Day coming up this month, lots of weddings, anniversaries and family reunions and grilling season underway, now's the time to shop Ranch Foods Direct for the best beef anywhere for gifts and ingredients for celebratory meals.

Also, Alaskan salmon is back in season and Ranch Foods Direct has beautiful USA-guaranteed wild filets. CLICK HERE to enter our on-line store and shop our June specials.

The return of highly edible vegetables

This month marks the eagerly awaited return of the farmers markets. For customers seeking the freshest, local produce, Ranch Foods Direct is gearing up with a new program to offer more local produce this summer. Enjoy the convenience of shopping for local meats and produce all at one central location in Colorado Springs throughout the summer.

Super smooth barbecue

Known for the best cue around, Front Range Barbecue is a great place to go for Fathers Day or for other summer celebrations. Enjoy mouth-watering barbecue and live music. “We get a lot of requests for beef ribs, so that's something we plan to offer as a Father's Day menu special,” says owner Brian Fortinberry. “Barbecuing ribs is one of our specialties.

Local blues artist John Alex Mason plays every Sunday on our patio starting at about 5 p.m. until about 9.”

In fact, the Old Colorado City location features live music five nights a week. “We lean toward bluegrass, blues and folksy stuff but we'll do about anything,” Brian says. CLICK HERE to visit the Front Range Barbecue website and find an event calendar of live music… they've got great variety lined up at 2330 West Colorado Avenue, (719) 632-2596 (open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.) They also have an east-side location at 4935 Templeton Gap Road, (719) 598-8895, offering a special fried catfish night in addition to the best beef barbecue anywhere. That location is open seven days a week for lunch or dinner. And don't forget, they cater too.

Did you know?...  If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels every week, according to Steven L. Hopp in Barbara Kingsolver's new book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Spend misty mountain mornings at Mildred's

Mists were rising over the rain-glistening pine trees the morning we drove up to Cascade for breakfast at Mildred's, which opened last October and has served meat from Ranch Foods Direct ever since. Cozy and welcoming in the dim morning light, this old-fashioned lunch counter was getting ready to extend its hours for the summer season. Outside, the patio beckoned, full of brightly painted picnic tables. CLICK HERE to experience breakfast at Mildred's.

Evergreen market celebrates year of meats

In the August 2006 issue of this newsletter, we profiled the Blue Spruce Market in Evergreen, Colorado, the dream enterprise of Seth and Carol Miller, CLICK HERE. Now, this wonderfully unique market and deli is preparing to hold a week-long anniversary celebration June 4-9. On Saturday, June 9, customers will have a chance to sample Callicrate Beef from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. “We believe we have the best beef at Blue Spruce Market, Callicrate Beef. We invite you to sample some and chat with Mike Callicrate, an Evergreen native and independent cattle producer, business entrepreneur and political activist,” the Millers say.

“He serves as an outspoken leader in the industry supporting farmers and ranchers by offering them a higher price per head and bypassing the corporate-dominated processing industry.” The event is free. If you attend, you'll enjoy their beautiful demonstration kitchen, which they use for a variety of cooking classes. For all the details about the Blue Spruce Market, CLICK HERE to visit their website. Store hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (303) 674-1445.

Did you know? …Today, the average American eats 278 more pounds of food than in 1970.

Stop here and grab a burger

Starting in mid-June, Ranch Foods Direct coffee supplier Colorado Coffee Merchants plans to start grilling Callicrate Beef burgers daily for lunch, serving the flavorful burgers on fresh rolls from the Colorado Bread Company. Colorado Coffee Merchants is just around the block from the Ranch Foods Direct store at 302 E. Fillmore St. Call 473-8878 for more information or CLICK HERE to go to their website.

How about an early summer brunch? CLICK HERE for recipes.

Dinner with the dream team

It was a dream dinner. Regrettably, no, we were not at Berkeley's famed Chez Panisse, consistently ranked among the country's very best restaurants. It was dreamy, not because of the fresh local greens that attested to the chef's culinary insight, or the opulent venue in the Beverly Hilton which each year plays host to the annual Golden Globe awards, but - and in truth this is almost always the case - because of the company. CLICK HERE to read about the special awards dinner honoring Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and fan of Ranch Foods Direct.

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.”
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Mike Callicrate, Owner

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