Customer Newsletter ยท July 5, 2018
"Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize we can't eat money." --Indian proverb  
Ranch Foods Direct urges you to support regeneratively managed local farms!     

This Saturday: It's a happy anniversary party!
When brothers Tim and Tom Black opened TapTraders last summer (at 3104 N. Nevada, back off the street and just north of the old Kmart building) they made it easy to "drink local," featuring 30 Colorado beers on tap along with the state's best ciders, wines and spirits. They kept the menu local too, establishing a meat-sourcing agreement with fellow neighborhood business Ranch Foods Direct, that includes Callicrate Beef burgers and Continental sausages. A few weeks ago they unveiled a new lunch menu that expands on their tasty early offerings. 
Come help them celebrate their first year in business at an anniversary party
Sat., July 7 with "music, beer, food & fun!"  
The schedule includes: Free bicycle wash 11 am - 4 pm; Roll Bike Art Show 1 pm - 4 pm; and live music from Feat. U - Turn Brass 6 pm plus $3 select draft beers and food giveaways throughout the day. (They also make outstanding cocktails, like the white sangria at right that is fruity and summery.) For more info, and a live music schedule, follow them on Facebook, CLICK HERE, or go to the TapTraders website.

Attend a special film screening July 18 
A screening of "Farmers For America," a highly acclaimed new documentary that champions young farmers and the local food movement, is coming to the Ivywild School (1604 S Cascade) on Wednesday, July 18 , followed by a panel discussion with local farmers and food advocates. The movie starts at 7 p.m., with the panel expected to start at 8:15 p.m. Panelists will include Mike Callicrate, owner of Ranch Foods Direct, Nick Levendofsky of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Will Frost of Fountain Creek Ranch (a Ranch Foods Direct produce supplier.) Filmmaker Graham Meriwether will moderate. Tickets are $10. Prior to the film, Drifters Hamburgers, 4455 Mark Dabling, will host a pre-screening event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Order a burger and enjoy networking with others who are interested in growing a new generation of farmers!
To view the film trailer, CLICK HERE

Slow Food Nations returns to downtown Denver with a slew of activities July 13-15 
CLICK THE PIC above for the full schedule of events!  

Round-out July with a summer-time favorite in Colorado Springs... the annual Fiddles, Vittles and Vino Festival, which helps raise funds for Rock Ledge Ranch!

Sunday, July 29 from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at the ranch (3105 Gateway Road, Colo. Springs)  
Great food, great music... buy tickets HERE  

Come by the Ranch Foods Direct store throughout the summer and get Colorado-grown produce to go with the best beef and pork in town. Happy grilling! 
Fresh tacos from the taco truck, available most days, on-site!

Don't forget...Ranch Foods Direct has lots of recipes posted on Pinterest! 
(CLICK HERE to go directly to the Ranch Foods Direct Pinterest page.)
We also have local food blogger  Judy Purcell's colorful cookbook, Serve and Savor, in-store now. Makes a great gift! Shown at right is her Vegetable Tian, as beautiful as summer on plate! CLICK HERE to find the recipe on her popular blog.      

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