July 2014 Customer Newsletter
The New Header

"Leave a place in your garden for weeds."

- St. Francis of Assisi      
From fresh coffee to rare wines, North Tejon spot invites leisurely lingering


THE SCOOP: From your first cup of joe in the morning to your last dessert wine at night, business partners Russ Ware and Yemi Mobolade (above) have you covered. They provide a hangout that is more of a community gathering space or meeting house than it is caf�, restaurant or even coffee shop. Hence the name Wild Goose Meeting House. Insisting on defining their enterprise in an unconventional way - rather than as a predictable "coffee and wine bar"- gives you a taste of their playful originality and thoughtful attention to every detail. "We both love people," explains Yemi, at right in photo above. "At the end of the day, the product we're selling is ourselves." The two partners have gotten used to hearing the comment: you guys are nice. "We try to put people at ease," Yemi grins.



Russ describes the feel as "coffee shop vibe meets upscale wine bar," with fresh by-the-cup coffee and traditional style espresso, Colorado craft beers, unusual wines, and house-made ginger beer and chai tea.


Sandwiches are composed with high quality deli meats from Ranch Foods Direct.


Roll-back garage doors on two sides allow seating to spill out onto the sidewalks along Tejon and Boulder streets. The shelf-laden interior walls, perfect for old books, coffee cups and more, are another welcoming touch.


THE BACKSTORY: Originally from Texas, Russ was so impressed by the culturally vibrant ethos of downtown Colorado Springs, he felt he had to be part of it. He and his family were ready to put down roots. "We thought starting a business was the best way to make this home," he says. He found an ideal partner in the infectiously friendly Yemi, who brought complimentary strengths to the table. (Yemi came to the Springs by way of Indiana, and prior to that, Nigeria.) The venture just seems to be clicking. As Russ describes it: "We've got something good going on."

Wild Goose Meeting House � 401 N. Tejon St. � (719) 445-0170

Online at WildGooseMeetingHouse.com and on Facebook 



Expanded market now carries Callicrate Beef
New Garden of the Gods Gourmet just off Highway 24

Garden of the Gods Gourmet has taken a big step up with their move to a much larger space along Highway 24 at 26th Street in Old Colorado City. Another upgrade: the market now features Callicrate Beef burgers, Bristol Beer brats, hot dogs, steaks and other Callicrate meat items along with organic Sno-Pack frozen vegetables, Zuberfizz sodas and more. (All Callicrate meat items are listed by name in the market and on the cafe menu.) Market Buyer Karrie Williams says the Ranch Foods Direct-sourced items are selling like hot cakes. And she is clearly thrilled to have the chance to shine a spotlight on Colorado foods.


"We carry more than 100 Colorado products," Williams said recently on a tour of the recently remodeled building. "It's really fun working with all of the Colorado vendors. We're only two blocks away from our old location but it's made eons of difference."


In addition to a much roomier breakfast and lunch space, there's a takeout deli, bake shoppe, and coffee, juice and smoothie bar. The adjacent market still offers the ever-popular prepared soups and frozen meals but now also boasts meat, eggs and cheeses, even in-house floral arrangements. A wine bar is also planned.


The d�cor inside includes many impressive details like the use of reclaimed wood for floorings and paneling, a two-sided fireplace that divides the dining room from a more casual grab-and-go bar area and displays of colorful local artwork.


The place was buzzing on a recent afternoon, while the crisply efficient staff was all smiles, clearly pleased to be working in such a classy, well-designed atmosphere. "It's thrilling to be a part of this," Karrie said.

Garden of the Gods Gourmet � 410 S. 26th � 471-2799
Open Tues-Sat 7am-7pm; Sun 7am-5pm � Closed Monday
Ranch Foods Direct... supporting local food in oh-so-many ways...


THE SCOOP: Bill Rogers, owner of Colorado's Sweetwater Bison, shown above at upper right, donated a grassfed bison for a fabrication demonstration presented by the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat during the first-ever Slow Meat conference in Denver. Rogers is among roughly 40 ranchers who get their meat custom-processed at Ranch Foods Direct. One hundred delegates attended the event on behalf of the Slow Food organization, including Ranch Foods Direct owner Mike Callicrate. Organizers plan to hold the conference again in 2015 and open it up to the public, according to Matt Jones, the founder of Slow Food Denver and current board chairperson of Slow Food USA.

THE SCOOP: Ranch Foods Direct donates an outdoor produce cooler, located on the east end of the parking lot, for use by Marcy Nameth and her four sons (above) of Greenhorn Acres, who deliver a weekly CSA to customers in Colorado Springs, and Megan Andreozzi, manager of Hunt or Gather at Ivywild and coordinator of the Arkansas Valley Organic Growers buying club. It's one of many ways the company supports the revival of a local food economy. But more space is needed for food prep, collection and storage. The proposed community-supported public market offers a potential solution. For updates on the Colorado Springs Public Market project, CLICK HERE.
THE SCOOP: The Ranch Foods Direct cooking crew spent the whole day smoking brisket for the annual Championship Ranch Rodeo at the Norris Penrose Event Center on July 5. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket to the smoked brisket and burger dinner and to those who cheered on the cowboys and cowgirls that night!

Stop in NOW and shop the store for local seasonal produce. 
Ranch Foods Direct stocks a wide selection of items fresh from Mauro Farms, Glenn Austin and family, and more!

Find Callicrate Beef at three farmers 
markets this summer...
In Colorado Springs:
Old Colorado City Market, Saturdays at Bancroft Park in the Old Colorado neighborhood;
Sunday Downtown Market, Acacia Park, Colorado Springs
And in Denver:
Denver Urban Homesteading year-round farmers market, Saturdays at 200 S. Santa Fe Dr., Denver 
 Stop by and say Hi!