Customer Newsletter ยท June 12, 2018
"Tend to the part of creation you are given to, for that is the body and blood of it."
Monument poet James Scott Smith  

Get ready to celebrate Father's Day June 17     
Come by the fresh meat case, where Mike, Roger or any member of the Ranch Foods Direct sales staff can fix you up with a great last minute gift or help you compose a celebratory meal to remember!    

Gift boxes and shipping are available. 

By shopping at Ranch Foods Direct, you help to support farmers and ranchers across Colorado, including those in the beautiful North Fork Valley! 
DID YOU KNOW? ... Peak to Plains Food Distributing, a sister company to Ranch Foods Direct, connects Colorado farmers and ranchers to customers on the Front Range by doing business with a series of local food hubs statewide. Support RFD, and you support them! 

Coming soon... fresh fruit from the Western slope! Perfect for big picnic-worthy desserts like this custard-filled creation...

Midwestern Slab Pie       
5 large eggs, at room temp 
1 1/4 cups whole milk 
1 1/4 cups full-fat sour cream 
1/2 cup sugar 
1/3  cup packed light brown sugar 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1/2 teaspoons almond extract 
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
3 lbs. frozen pitted sweet cherries, unthawed 
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 13x18 sheet pan and position rack in center of oven. Whisk eggs, milk, sour cream, sugars and extracts in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in the flour, baking powder and salt until batter is uniform. Pour into prepared pan. Scatter cherries over the top of the batter. Gently press them down with the side of a silicone spatula, filling the pan almost completely. Bake until puffed and set, with no jiggle when pan is tapped, about 35 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 45 minutes; then serve slightly warm. (Note: it will pull back from the sides of the pan a bit as it cools.)

Share the abundance:  
Food Rescue makes it easy

  In May, Ranch Foods Direct hosted an informational event and fundraiser for Colorado Springs Food Rescue, shown above, where leaders of the nonprofit talked about their vision and goals for insuring access to fresh, healthy food for everyone in the local community. They also introduced a new concept, called Fresh Food Connect. Here's more about how it works:

Ever have excess produce during the growing season that you don't know what to do with? Want to plant an extra row in your garden for a good cause? Then Colorado Springs Food Rescue invites you to become part of their efforts to ensure everyone in the community eats well this summer. To get involved, simply go on-line to and sign-up. During the growing season, the youth team at Food Rescue will bike to your house and collect your excess production to take to their distribution center where they will make sure it gets to where it is needed most. And you can schedule pick-ups with ease by using the new FFC web-app!


At PPUG, a passing of the torch   

to Larry Stebbins, shown right, who retired this past month as founder and director of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens! Larry has been a great friend to Ranch Foods Direct over the years, sharing his wonderful garlic for a special bacon-garlic-burger promotion, helping to explore and promote the benefits of bio-char and scouting potential locations for community gardens in the Ranch Foods Direct neighborhood. Larry will continue to share his gardening knowledge in a more limited role, posting free updates on his blog, The Garden Father. (Click the link to visit the site: he recently announced that he will be adding a free weekly podcast to the resources posted there.)

Meanwhile, Barbra Gibbs, shown in photo above at left, takes over as PPUG's new executive director, bringing 20 years of involvement in local food and gardening outreach to the position.      

Don't forget to visit the Ranch Foods Direct Pinterest page... 

for lots of great recipe ideas, including steps for making these fun Easy Cheesy Sausage Balls (pictured at right.)

CLICK HERE to go directly to the Ranch Foods Direct Pinterest page.    

PLEASE NOTE: The store is now open until 6 p.m. Saturdays for your shopping convenience as part of our new summer hours.