"The land loves us back...with beans and tomatoes, with roasting ears and blackberries
and bird songs...by a shower of gifts and a heavy rain of lessons."

- Botanist and author Robin Wall Kimmerer

In store now...Local, seasonal produce!
The season is winding down, get the good stuff while you can...

Plus, come by and meet neighborhood gardeners and food artisans from 2-5 p.m. during Farm Stand Friday!
Continues through Friday, Oct. 20  
And pick up some meat for gorgeous weekend grilling.

And for the chilly weather soon to come...
vodka-spiked tomato sauce? Yes!
The final issue of Gourmet magazine, published back in 2009, contained a recipe for vodka-spiked cherry tomatoes. This is how it's done: take the last of the season's cherry tomatoes, blanch and peel and toss them in a mixture of vodka, vinegar, sugar, and lemon zest, let them soak for an hour, drain, and you have a clever cocktail hour appetizer.

But there's a hidden gem at Ranch Foods Direct that makes the notion of vodka-spiked tomatoes even easier... Vodka Cremosa Marinara Sauce from Gilberto's Gourmet Goodness! It's made in Ft. Collins - from Colorado-grown tomatoes - and lends itself perfectly to a whole host of convenient meals.

Here, a few suggestions:
Quick Ratatouille: Saute chopped bell peppers, zucchini, onion, eggplant and garlic in olive oil. Add 2 parts sauce to 1 part water and some fresh basil; simmer mixture until vegetables are tender.

Sloppy Joes: Brown bulk Italian sausage with chopped onions and bell peppers; stir in sauce and heat the mixture; spoon onto rolls.

BBQ Brisket: Brown 4 pounds brisket in oil with chopped onions, garlic and red pepper flakes. Add 1 jar of sauce, a jar of water, 1/4 cup cider vinegar and 1/4 cup brown sugar; cover and simmer dish for 3 hours. 

Enjoy the wide selection of Colorado Proud products
in store everyday at Ranch Foods Direct.

Green Chef introduces new 'keto' meal plan;
tours and films at Callicrate Cattle Company

Boulder-based Green Chef is a meal kit company offering customized meal plans made with high quality ingredients sourced from a carefully curated selection of farms that includes Callicrate Cattle Co.
In late September, a film crew from Green Chef traveled to Callicrate Cattle Company to visit the farm and capture video footage for a supplier profile (shown at right is owner Mike Callicrate meeting with the crew.)
Green Chef offers paleo and gluten free meals and recently launched a new "keto" option this fall.

WHAT IS KETO? A ketogenic diet is high in good fats, moderate in protein, and low in sugars and carbohydrates. This type of diet helps the body achieve a metabolic state called ketosis, during which ketones produced in the liver are used as a source of energy rather than glucose from carbs. This puts the body into fat-burning mode. Ketogenic diets are full of nutrient-dense meats, seafood and eggs, along with nuts, berries, seeds and leafy greens. Restricted foods include grains, potatoes and fruits. To read more, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about Green Chef, its pricing and how it works, visit GreenChef.com.  

Easy recipes filled with rustic fall flavors...

Instead of tangy-cidery, do you prefer your pork chops more honey-mustardy?

If so...

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