We encourage you to stock up on the local citrus from our pals in Arizona, Ripe 2 U. We won't have them around for long! Add them to water for extra flavor and boost, dehyrdate to add to drinks and recipes all year round, & of course eat fresh!
Al & the VRFH Team
Big River Bison!
The Valdez family has been farming and ranching in Southern Colorado for five generations. Stephen Valdez, who was born and raised in the San Luis Valley, settled with his wife Sandra back in the valley in the early 1990's. He started operating farm and ranch land near La Jara, Colorado, where he continued to grow his cattle and farming operation alongside his wife, Sandra, and their four children Rachel, Erika, Olivia, and Garrett.
After many years of running the commercial cow/calf operation and traveling to horse shows with his daughters, Stephen starting looking into the bison industry which would fit his model of sustainability better. In 2017, they purchased their first bison, which has progressed into a 1,500 acre hay production and bison operation.
Big River Bison has been family owned and operated by Valdez Farm & Ranch since inception in 2017. Today, the whole family takes part in raising and selling their bison products. The Valdez family takes great pride in their practices and love the memories they are creating on the farm and ranch. They are going to keep striving for sustainability in their business as well as their land. Their goal is to keep improving and growing each year so that they will be able to continue this operation for generations to come.
Why bison meat?
Bison meat is low in fat, high in iron and high in protein! It is also rich in Omega 3/6 which makes it an ideal protein choice for the health-conscious consumer. Many people who have allergies to other meats find they can eat bison meat. There are no low-level antibiotics, no hormones, no drug residues, and no preservatives. While eating bison meat you are eating pure, wholesome meat.
What do our bison eat?
Bison are very efficient when it comes to feed. Our bison are raised on native grasses and legumes in the San Luis Valley. Their metabolism allows them to require less forage in the winter and utilize all available forage in the warm months. Though our forage is extremely high in nutrients, we provide our bison with additional vitamins and minerals through lick blocks.
How do we handle our bison?
Bison are not domesticated animals and require different handling than other livestock. Bison are much more excitable and nervous which are indicators of stress. We work our animals slow, calm and quietly to keep them content and unafraid. We also make sure our herds have adequate spatial requirements in the pasture to reduce stress from competition.
How are our bison processed?
Our desire to treat our bison with care extends all the way to the time of harvest. All bison are processed at a USDA-inspected facility. We work exclusively with our processor because of their quality of work and their handling of our animals. They have designed their operation to specifically ensure humane and low-stress handling of bison prior to harvest.
Price Per Lb
Recipe Inspo: Bison Meatballs!
Ripe 2 U Citrus!
Rio Red & Pink Grapefruit
3 lb bags
Fuji Apples from
First Fruits & Ela Family Farms!
3 lb bag or 20 lb case
Garlic from Ring a Ding Farms!
Jumbo Yellow Onions from
3 lb bag
Doctor D's Water Keifer!
6/12 oz case
TUESDAY 4 pm Order Deadline for
FRIDAY Delivery: San Luis Valley, BV, Salida, Denver, Springs, Pueblo
FRIDAY 4 pm Order Deadline for TUESDAY Delivery:
San Luis Valley, Creede*, Pagosa Springs, Durango
Al Stone: Markets Manager and Mycelium Architect
Ryan Davis: Ops Manager & Pallet Jack Cowboy
Nick Chambers: GM & Chief Fungi
JD Kettle: Red Hot Chili Pepp'r
Ryan Daugherty aka RyDawg: Earth Surfer
Ally Jean aka AJ: Fresh Box Curator & Grub Guardian
Don Studinski: Hive Magician
Joshua Wagner: Wagz
Allergen Notification: We handle and co-mingle on pallets boxes of tree nuts, eggs, and wheat.