September 2016     

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"The wind's an old man to this orchard: these trees have been feeling the soft tug of his gloves for a hundred years... High in the trees, cicadas weave a wickerwork of longing."   - Poet Ted Kooser  
Every jar at The Good Jar is still individually packed by hand  
 
Eric Vierra, owner of The Good Jar, visited Ranch Foods Direct last month during Farm Stand Friday to meet customers and hand out samples of his pickles, relishes and deliciously unique rhubarb-fig spread. Pickling and preserving started out as his passion, but eventually it turned into something more. "I decided the culmination of all of my talents would be to have my own business," he says.

Eric is just one of many Colorado Proud food entrepreneurs featured in the store and distributed by Peak To Plains Food Distributing.


Here's more about Eric:
 
HOME TURF: Eric lives in Boulder and packs his products at a commercial kitchen in Longmont. "We handpack every jar, either myself or a member of my family. The dilly beans, in particular, take a lot of time to make, but they're also my best seller."

ORIGINALLY FROM:
New England. He misses the ocean and the pizza, but that's about it. "I don't think I could have done this company back there. Out here there is so much produce available and such great growers."

PREVIOUS CAREER:
Graphic design: "It's been a lot of fun having myself as a client. I saved $50,000 by designing my own label and doing all of the company branding myself. I've had a lot of good feedback on it."

FAVORITE PRODUCT:
Piccadilli, a traditional green tomato relish. "It's my grandmother's recipe."

ON SOURCING COLORADO INGREDIENTS:
The rhubarb for the jam comes from High Altitude Rhubarb in Black Forest and another farm near Longmont. "I would say 50 to 90 percent of the ingredients in my relishes come from Colorado. That's a big focus of my company: staying close to home."

AS FOR THE FIGS...
"I use dried California black mission figs in my jam. I didn't want it to be super-sweet; I wanted it to be on the savory side, so it has a touch of pink peppercorn too."

FUTURE PRODUCTS:
"I'd love to introduce more tomato items, including tomato preserves."

IS PICKLING STILL FUN?
"I don't pickle when I'm home for the day. It's not a quaint, little hobby for me anymore - but that's a good thing!"

COOKING STYLE:
"Adventurous, but old-fashioned too. I'm a big fan of comfort food: spaghetti sauces, casseroles and beef stews."

HAS HE TRIED RANCH FOODS DIRECT MEAT?
"Yes, the rib-eye steak I had was fantastic! I love getting locally raised stuff. I always insist on getting my eggs fresh from the farm." 
 
 

Eric's full line of pickles, preserves and jams is available every day at Ranch Foods Direct! 
 
FARM STAND FRIDAY happens every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., now through the rest of September. Lots of beautiful produce arriving weekly! Plus, meet special vendors and learn about their handmade products (soaps, cheeses, tamales, gluten-free mini-bunt cakes).

TODAY'S (Sept. 2) farm stand produce offerings will include carrots, butternut squash and peppers from Galileo School Garden;  tomatoes, peppers, kale, squash, cabbage and more from nearby Prospect Farm; fresh cut flowers to brighten your table; and MORE!

Find updates at the dedicated Facebook page:   CLICK HERE.     
 
Get ready for Labor Day weekend with special sale pricing! 
 
All ground beef now on sale!

80 percent lean Ground Beef - $4.99/lb.
85 percent lean Ground Beef - $5.09/lb.
90 percent Ground Beef - $5.19/lb.
85% lean Ground Chuck - $6.49/lb.
90% lean Ground Sirloin -$7.99/lb.
95% lean Ground Round - $6.79/lb.
Decadent rich Ground Wagyu - $7.49/lb.
Full bundle of 80 percent lean burger - $85.99 ea.

Labor Day only! Fresh meat counter specials! 

Just in time for Labor Day, all fresh counter patties specially priced!
Cheddar Bacon Patties and Green Chile Patties: $6.99/lb. (regularly $8.99/lb.)
Fresh Pork Patties: $4.49/lb. (Regularly 5.99/lb.)
Italian sausage and breakfast Sausage Patties: $4.79/lb. (regularly $5.79/lb.)


All fresh pork, storewide, now 10 to 15 percent off. Pork is a fall favorite... especially with heirloom apples! Ranch Foods Direct has both. 

All sales offered while supplies last.
 
 
To register for Judy's last class of the summer, CLICK HERE.   
 
In September... Don't miss the annual Garlic and Harvest Symposium 
 
Hosted this year for the first time by the Galileo School of Math and Science Garden at 1600 N. Union... be sure to come by and say hi to your friends from Ranch Foods Direct! Morning and afternoon gardening classes offer something for everyone. Participants will get their annual taste of the infamous garlic ice cream! All tickets are sold in advance. Details: CLICK HERE
 
Coming soon... Ranch Foods Direct will participate at the WHAT IF Fest downtown on Saturday, Sept. 10: 

 
Celebrate creativity... and enjoy a day full of small joys and big "wows." This unique hands-on interactive festival will include a Local Foods area with educational displays! Ranch Foods Direct will participate. Plus Mountain Pie Company will be serving hot savory meat pies. Go, see, learn, grow! 
 
CLICK HERE for all the details.

Early fall... the perfect time for farm to table dining...
and a couple more opportunities to dine with the goats:


 
 
 

Please note: the store will be closed Monday,  
Sept. 5, for the Labor Day holiday....  
re-opening Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 8 a.m. 

For wholesale accounts and service:
Peak to Plains
4635 Town Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Cell: (719) 314-9727
Office: (719) 574-0750
Email: tkemper@peaktoplains.com