From the kitchens of Mandala Pizza comes Calzones and Cannolis to add to your heat and serve menus. From the fields of Milberger Farms comes the spring hardy crop of Asparagus.
The Grand Island Bison, Nissen Farms Beef, and Chokurei Yak continue and supplies hold strong. Cactus Hill Farm Lamb scheduled to go in on May 8th. Despite what you may hear on the news about meat packing plants having issues of contamination concerning COVID 19, our meat packer of Mel's Custom Meats in Romeo, CO is a very small family business that works through one animal at a time. They are USDA approved and monitored, just like any meat plant, but unlike major supply chain meat plants they are extremely small. Small is beautiful, small can be more closely controlled and monitored, small can pay attention to quality. Thanks to Mel and his team for keeping us stocked!
And hey, we need to know if we should keep bringing in staff and operating for the Monday/Tuesday cycle. If you say "yes" we need to hear from you by 4 pm today. Remember: Three Votes Everyday, two deliveries per week.
In Local Food We Trust,
Your local food Ops team:
Ally Stone: CSA Market Manager and Mycelium Architect
William Boles: Front Range Ashential
Ryan Davis: Ops Manager & Pallet Jack Cowboy
Kevin Ashworth: Radagast
Jesse Marchildon: South Valley Badger
Nick Chambers: GM & Chief Fungi
How to return your box:
1) Clean the inside and outside with soap and hot water.
2) Make a bleach solution with 1 tablespoon per gallon of water (good to have around anyway) and wipe down the inside and outside of box
3) Allow to air dry and store in a sanitary place:
never on the ground
never on the floor
4) Return options:
Have ready for the delivery driver to exchange with the new incoming box
Bring back to the place of pick up
Bring to Mosca warehouse on Mondays or Thursdays
5) Waste not, want not
Asparagus is Here!
Really excited to be kicking off the produce season with Milberger's Asparagus. This is a really awesome family farm at scale located in Pueblo:
"Shane Milberger, a Pueblo County native, began his life in commodity agriculture in 1986 at the age of 17. As a sophomore in high school and with the encouragement from his father, he leased a small plot of fertile ground from a neighbor, bought a tractor and began what would later become a successful family-centric agribusiness – tethered to the ground they work and care for by honoring farming traditions of the past and maintaining a visionary outlook toward the future.
Over the years Shane has directed the growth of the farm, not only in number of acres in cultivation, but in the diversity of commodities grown. In 2005 he began the transition process that would lead to the Colorado Department of Agriculture certifying the farm as “Organic Certified.” The organic process continues today through crop and field rotation. Each year Shane commits more resources to grow an ever-increasing number of organic commodities...."
Read more here:
They have done an excellent job of keeping up with all the certifications and programs that are increasingly needed, if not required, for modern farming, see below. And let me tell you something: these programs require at least one full time staff member to manage and they are intense. Nice work guys!
Cannolis and Calzones!
Grande Island Bison!
Bison Basics Bison has fewer calories, less fat, and more protein per ounce than ground beef! It's rich in iron, zinc, vitamin B12, omega 3's, and selenium.
In comparison to beef, bison has a lighter, coarser texture and tastes a little sweeter. This lean meat is not gamey and can easily be substituted for a recipe that calls for ground beef. Try some today!