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Ranch Foods Direct Customer Newsletter    

July 2012 

"Who wouldn't want to stand, for a summer day, in the hot fields, in the lonely country of the wild-haired corn?"   - Poet Mary Oliver 

Upcoming July events  


Sat., JULY 14: It's rodeo time here in Colorado Springs... new this year at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, Ranch Foods Direct is providing the ground beef for Saturday's chili cook-off. Teams from local military units will compete to serve the award-winning chili. Get your grub Saturday, July 14, prior to the rodeo performance... it's $10 a person for all you can sample. CLICK HERE to purchase rodeo tickets. Purchase chili cook-off tickets on-site. 




Wed., JULY 18: Chef Kevin Campbell of Full Circle Cuisine is featuring Ranch Foods Direct owner Mike Callicrate and several other local farmers at a special "meet your farmer" dinner at Motif Jazz Bistro in Old Colorado City. View the deliciously rustic menu and reserve your place online by CLICKING HERE.


Thurs., JULY 19: Enjoy stunning views of the city from Pulpit Rock as Pikes Peak Urban Gardens hosts its "gorgeous gardens" fundraiser at the beautiful koi ponds and delightfully landscaped home of Ray Armstrong; RFD partner restaurants Pizzeria Rustica and TAPAteria are providing the eats. Event runs from 5 to 8 p.m., and tickets are $50. Call 719-389-1251 for more info, or email


Ranch Rodeo Recap
  Staff from the Flying W Ranch (which, sadly, burned to the ground as a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire) helped serve free Callicrate burgers, above, to evacuees during the Ride for the Brand Championship Rodeo June 30. At right, Jim Grubelnik of Lubbock, Tex., makes a pan of chicken-fried steak for his chuckwagon champion team during the cook-off. More than 400 people came out to sample the chow from five historically authentic chuckwagons.

MORE PHOTOS! To view a full gallery of scenes from the chuckwagon cook-off and rodeo, CLICK HERE.

Special Fire Follow-up
Ranch Foods Direct and many partner restaurants provided free meals to firefighters and assisted with Waldo Canyon Fire relief efforts in various ways. Now is a good time to get out and support our restaurant-partners on the west-side and in Manitou Springs, where the biggest economic disruption occurred. Following are a few suggestions...
Greg's cafe on Centennial was dangerously close to the fire zone. Businesses in and near Mountain Shadows will need our continued support. Photo of Greg, above, is by Hal Walter for the Arkansas Valley Organic Growers Cooperative. To read Hal's wonderfully in-depth article on the Blue Sage Cafe (and many other great local establishments that support area growers) CLICK HERE.  

Now serving Ranch Foods Direct meats...

charming Coquette's Bakery and Bistro in Manitou Springs
(open daily except for Tuesdays.

This "fun bastion of cool" got a rave review in the
CS Indy recently for serving a Callicrate burger that was a "masterpiece of beef and bread" and "sang with smoky flavor."

To read the Indy's remarks in full, CLICK HERE. 

And there's many more... 
Consult the Ranch Foods Direct restaurant map and listing  
for more great dining spots. Or use the QR code below. 

"What you support prospers,

what you feed grows."

-Mike Callicrate   


When eating out, use Ranch Foods Direct's interactive restaurant map (or the smart-phone QR code.)


Restaurant Map Code 


"Dave's goal: Good jobs. Genuine prosperity. Enduring security and freedom."
Get to know Dave Anderson:

The Colorado peaches are here!

Enjoy sweet apricots, peaches and cherries from Austin Family Farms... organically grown, kissed by the Colorado sun, and hand-picked by Toni and Glenn Austin (at right)  

and their family while at its peak!  

Available NOW (and as long as fruits are in-season)  

at Ranch Foods Direct.



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.

 (719) 473-2306 or 1-866-866-6328

Shop online:


Visit the Denver Urban Homesteading Farmers Market,  

a convenient Ranch Foods Direct sales outlet in Denver!  

CLICK HERE for details.


For harvest table dinners (presented by Full Circle Cuisine)



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