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French redux at Old Colorado City favorite

Read about the makeover at the new Le Bistro, formerly La Petite Maison, now with a lighter fresher look and open for lunch as well as dinner. On warm days, the patio beckons!

CLICK HERE for the newsletter article and photos.

You can view full menus on-line at the Le Bistro website, CLICK HERE.

Homestyle Fountain diner now serving dinner too

Kari and Scott Mills opened Mom’s Country Kitchen in Fountain nearly two years ago so they would have somewhere local to go for a good breakfast or a juicy hamburger on Texas toast! (It’s better than home cookin’ — they do the dishes!)

This summer they are expanding hours to include dinner service three nights a week, featuring southern barbecue and country classics Friday and Saturday til 10, Sunday til 8 p.m. The new schedule starts Memorial Day weekend. They want to be your source for Ranch Foods Direct burgers, chili and chicken fries on the south side of Colorado Springs!

CLICK HERE to read all about it.

Lighten up! It’s summer

Did you know – In 1980, 15% Americans were obese (weighing 20% more than is ideal.) In the intervening years, the rate has more than doubled, to 34.3%, with another third now overweight, writes MEGHAN COX GURDON in the Wall Street Journal reviewing The Hundred Year Diet: America’s Voracious Appetite for Losing Weight by Susan Yager. Mounting data suggest that poor diet and a surplus of fat burden the emotions, producing ennui and even depression.

The Recipe Box


The answer to the diet dilemma may be as simple as a steak with a leafy salad on the side. High quality animal proteins and healthy carbs in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables mirror the foodstuffs of early era humans, and several experts believe this is the healthiest way to eat to achieve leanness and vitality.

CLICK HERE to read about the “Cave Man Diet” and find simple recipes high in healthy protein.

To read an article that ran in the Denver Post, CLICK HERE. Or for the New York Times’ take on the cave man diet phenomenon, CLICK HERE.

For more on recent studies, which point out that burgers and steaks have much lower levels of salt than processed meats, and are healthier options than many people realize, CLICK HERE.

The bottomline: A daily four-ounce serving of steak or hamburger does not heighten risk of heart disease, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health, published in the latest issue of the American Heart Association journal Circulation. While indicating that processed meats might increase potential for heart disease, the same concern was not linked to unprocessed meat. The findings resulted from examination of data from 20 different studies from around the world.

Ageless Cuisine

An Ageless Cuisine event June 10 benefits the CU Aging Center and features a demonstration by three star chefs! CLICK HERE to register on-line. Ranch Foods Direct is helping to sponsor.

Fresh-from-the-farm, for summer

It’s not too late to enroll in a weekly subscription of vegetables and fruit from Greenhorn Acres at Fowler. The farm is open for visitors on Saturday, May 29 from 9:30 a.m to 1 p.m. And you can attend a series of cooking classes at Ranch Foods Direct to learn how to make use of all the wonderful fresh produce you’ll be receiving throughout the growing season! Instructor Michele Mukatis “cultivates health” through her local nutrition and garden counseling service. CLICK HERE for more info and for registration forms.

 Return of the farmers markets

The Colorado Farm and Art Market puts the farmers back in farmers markets — offering fresh local food from local farmers. Starts June 16 at the America the Beautiful Park, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Food for Thought: Do You Need Farmers for a Farmers Market?

The Farmers Market Coalition, a national group based in Martinsburg, W.Va, recently assembled a task force to come up with an official definition for a farmers market. There are some 5,300 farmers markets, nearly double the level 10 years ago.

"We really need to protect the image of farmers markets as places that foster community, that support local farmers and that provide access points for healthy food in neighborhoods," says Stacy Miller, the group's executive director. "Without all of those things, is it really a farmers market?"

A 2006 survey of farmers markets conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that 63% of markets stipulate that "vendors can sell only products they produced themselves."

To read the whole story, CLICK HERE.

It’s a farmers’ market everyday at Ranch Foods Direct.

Give the gift of great steaks for Father’s Day: Enjoy a 20 percent discount on Callicrate Beef ribeyes and New York strips through June. Stock up and celebrate every summer holiday in style. Also consider Ranch Foods Direct all-beef burgers, beer brats, natural hot dogs and handmade sausages for all your summer cookouts (starting with Memorial Day weekend!)


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and cheeses, meals and more!

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Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sunday
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Mike Callicrate, Owner

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