Free trade? Or fair trade
Celebrate World Fair Trade Day on Saturday, May 10, an opportunity to explore the links between trade, fair wages and the environment. Learn more, CLICK HERE.

Toast a farmer!
May 15 is the feast day of St. Isadore, the patron saint of farmers. He’s also the patron saint of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, CLICK HERE.

Milk by the glass
Wholesome Milk Products at Pueblo is the store’s new milk supplier. They refuse to use performance-enhancing hormone injections so the cows live longer, healthier lives. More on rBGH, CLICK HERE.

Remembering Mom ... Gift certificates, aprons, homemade sweets, unusual jams and more (Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11)


Spring into grilling
Memorial Day kicks off summer May 26. CLICK HERE for recipes.

A healthy meal in minutes - New: Philly steak sliced beef, $5.79/lb., sandwich-ready and cooks in minutes. Just add locally baked bread.

CLICK HERE to shop on-line.

“Technology has entered the twenty-first century, but social justice has gone back to the eleventh.”
— Gene Anderson, author of Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture

May 2008

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” — Luciano Pavarotti

There’s a new burger joint in town

Rich Beaven, the original founder of the former Classics Hamburgers in Colorado Springs, is back in the burger business with Drifters, located at Garden of the Gods and Mark Dabling Blvd. The casual diner serves up a simple menu of California-style burgers, fries and shakes from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. Eventually, they’ll be open for breakfast too. Rich granted us an interview about what he’s got cooking. CLICK HERE.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than by eating authentic Mexican food in a genuine atmosphere steeped in family history?

“We’re normally swamped that day,” admits Jana Aguilar, standing between the casual dining room and the tiny kitchen at El Taco Rey, 330 E. Colorado Ave., near downtown.  Since long lines tend to form around noon, May is a perfect month to place your order and then hang around and enjoy the spring sunlight at one of the picnic tables under the trees as you wait on a fragrant steaming plate of food.

El Taco Rey, with its home-style Mexican meals and cute quirky surroundings, has family love written all over it.

“Our parents started this business, and we’ve been here 32 years as of September,” Jana says. They are long-time loyal customers of Ranch Foods Direct and of G & C Packing Co. before that, and they wouldn’t dream of using any other ground beef supplier. “Our customers love it, and have asked us to continue serving it,” Jana says while the other women in the kitchen nod in agreement. “It’s awesome. It is the best. It is wonderful.”

CLICK HERE for more.

Did you know… Despite concerns about the rising cost of food, Americans still spend the lowest percentage of their income on groceries compared with other countries. In the U.S., it takes 7 percent of income to buy food. That figure is 22 percent in Poland and more than 40 percent in Egypt and Vietnam. Nigerian families spend 73 percent of what they make to buy food.

For more on higher food prices, CLICK HERE.

Spring field trip
Know your farmer — know your food
Ranch Foods Direct produce supplier Venetucci Farm is hosting a spring open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at their farmstead south of Colorado Springs near Fountain (5210 S. Hwy 85.) A fresh-from-the-farm lunch will be prepared by Susan Gordon who manages the farm with her husband Patrick. They will also provide more information about how to be a farm docent (think volunteer tour guide.) There is a small fee to attend. For more info on this exciting spring event, call Michele Mukatis at 231-6265 or e-mail her at

Venetucci Farm is also starting a community-supported agriculture program for the first time this year. Sign up and help support a local food producer. As a shareholder, you receive a weekly box of their outstanding fresh, seasonal produce during the 20-week season from mid-June to mid-October. They have a couple of options on prices and volume ranging from $400-$600 for the season. One of the unique aspects of their plan is a deal where you can trade labor at the farm for a subscription.

Neat idea! Pick-up locations to get your groceries will be Wednesday at Colorado Farm and Art Market or Saturdays at the farm. Please contact the CSA coordinator, Sara Foster, at 389-1251 for more info.

Visit Venetucci, and know your farmer — know your food.

Did you know?… Even in summer months, only 30 percent of the produce in your average Whole Foods store is grown locally.

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