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Ranch Foods Direct Customer Newsletter  

August 2011

"The beginning of art - a rice-planting song in the back country." - Basho     


Pickling Class

 CLICK HERE to visit the Hungry Chicken Homestead.

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Summer produce grown at Callicrate Cattle Company...


Fresh heirloom, open-pollinated Golden Bantam sweet corn. Plus, okra, yellow summer squash, zucchini and the first spaghetti squash of the season.  


LOOK FOR an array of locally grown seasonal fruit and produce from area farms, arriving weekly at Ranch Foods Direct.   


Bonus recipe:



This recipe is from Mary Boname, mother of Brian Fortinberry, owner of Front Range BBQ. It was published in her cookbook Top of the Range: A Recipe Collection.


1 pound smoked sausage (sliced one-inch thick)  

2 medium white onions, chopped

3 stalks celery with leaves, sliced

2 Irish (red) potatoes, cleaned and diced to 1/4-inch

5 cups chicken stock

4 ears sweet corn, cut from cob

1 1/2 cups half-and-half

3 T. butter

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. white pepper

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley 


 To a large 6-quart Dutch Oven pot add the butter, onion and celery. Saute over medium heat one minute. Cover and simmer til onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Stir occasionally.


Add sausage, potatoes, corn, salt, pepper, thyme and enough chicken stock to cover vegetables completely. Bring to boil, cover, lower heat and simmer 30 minutes.


Add half-and-half and parsley; bring to almost a boil then turn heat off. Cover and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning before serving. Makes 10 one-and-one-half cup servings.  


Mini Moos 

CLICK HERE to visit the informative Mini Moos and Kids Too website. 

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Find special offers all around town  

by viewing Ranch Foods Direct's interactive restaurant map (or use the smart-phone QR code, below.)


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 Local Food Week  CLICK HERE to keep up with plans for Colorado Springs Local Food Week, Sept. 17-24. Ranch Foods Direct will be hosting classes on canning and goat cheese making and providing burgers in conjunction with movie night at Care and Share Food Bank.


Care and Share will host a complimentary Ranch Foods Direct barbecue and show the film What's Organic About Organic?to coincide with the equinox, a symbolic day for food producers around the globe, on Sept. 23 beginning at 6 p.m. "As we work more closely with local food producers and seek to bring in more nutritious food, it is important for us all to think about why these things are important and how we can do better," says chief programs officer Melissa Marts.    


Just remember... Every week is local food week at Ranch Foods Direct!  


 Visit Ranch Foods Direct online for daily-weekly-monthly specials.


Check the website for a list of restaurants serving Callicrate Beef.  


 Find Ranch Foods Direct products at the Denver Urban Homesteading Farmers Market. The indoor farmers market is open Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (They take credit cards for your convenience.) 


Keep up with RFD on Facebook. Follow owner Mike Callicrate on Twitter: @MikeCallicrate 


Ranch Foods Direct Natural Meat Market
2901 N. El Paso, Colorado Springs 80907
Retail Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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