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Buying Local

From grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork to organic produce and locally brewed lagers, Colorado has it all.

Nestled beneath Pikes Peak, the Bristol Brewing Company is Colorado Springs’ largest brewer. The flagship Laughing Lab Scottish Ale has won nine medals at the Great American Beer Festival.

Nestled beneath Pikes Peak, the Bristol Brewing Company is Colorado Springs’ largest brewer. The flagship Laughing Lab Scottish Ale has won nine medals at the Great American Beer Festival.

Now is the perfect time to stock up on local food and products. “Thanks to our farmers and ranchers across the state,” says Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg, “our local food system is abundant, and our supply chains are healthy.” Not only are you supporting Colorado agriculture, you’re also boosting our economy—one bite at a time.

Corner Post Meats

Corner Post is meat for people who give a damn,” says Adrienne Larrew, cofounder with Dan Lorenz of Corner Post Meats in Black Forest, Colorado.

“I want to know where my food comes from,” says Jimmy Warren, cheesemaker/partner at Fruition Farms Creamery. “But I had no idea the scope of what they are doing at Corner Post. Their 1,500 acres is a gift, and they are using it responsibly.”

At Corner Post, you won’t find animals confined to barns or corrals. “It’s really important to us and the meats we provide that our animals are outside, living on the land, improving it,” Larrew says. “Their presence on the land creates a healthier ecosystem, which creates a healthier animal, a healthier meat, and a healthier community.”

As a result, the animals never need vaccinations, antibiotics, or growth hormones, nor is there a need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. From Corner Post, you can order 100% grass-finished beef, lamb, pasture-raised chicken and turkey, and forest-raised pork. And you’ll be able to taste the difference.

Hankering for some seafood instead? Corner Post partners with Seafood Producers Co-op in Alaska to offer the freshest, sushi-grade, wild-caught fish. Enjoy such delicacies as Alaskan salmon and halibut.

If you’d like to join Adrienne and Dan in their Mindful Meat Revolution, hop on their website, cornerpostmeats.com, and place your order. They’ll ship it right to your doorstep, or you can pick it up at the ranch.

Larga Vista Ranch and Dairy Farm

“We’ve been milking cows for more than a hundred years,” says Doug Wiley, the fourth-generation owner of Larga Vista Ranch. It’s been a family affair since 1916, and everyone at the ranch pitches in, including their boys Kilian and Doran. They’ve been milking cows, feeding chickens, working pigs, and harvesting produce since they were big enough to walk.

“At Larga Vista, our goal is to grow healthy soil and strong children,” Wiley says. “Soil health and nutrition is the foundation of our farming style, and that nutrient density is carried through in the food we provide to the many families who support us.” And they do it all without the use of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and GMOs.

Larga Vista offers shares of raw milk, organic produce, grass-fed beef, and pasture-raised pork—including sausage, bacon, and lard. They even sell whole and half hogs year-round. To order, shop online at largavistaranch.com. Pick-up locations include the Colorado Farm and Art Market at the Pioneer’s Museum (Wednesdays) and the farm.

Bristol Brewing Company

Since 1994, Bristol Brewing Company has been making world-class lagers and ales right here in Southern Colorado. Mike and Amanda Bristol could sell their award-winning brews all over the country—but they don’t. It’s sold only in Colorado. “We believe in local breweries and their ability to build community,” Mike Bristol says. “We enjoy being able to focus on serving the people who live, work, and play side by side with us in our home state.”

At Bristol, it’s all about flavor and quality, from multi-award-winning flagship beers, such as the Laughing Lab Scottish Ale, to specialty beers and seasonals. If your stock is diminishing during the pandemic, do not fear. Order online at bristolbrewing.com or call 719.633.2555. Specify curbside pickup or, in certain areas, delivery. Then you can relax, knowing that Bristolicious refreshment is on the way.

The Colorado Farm and Art Market

With more than 40 vendors to choose from, the Colorado Farm and Art Market (CFAM) is Colorado Springs’ most authentic farmer’s market cooperative, featuring only Colorado small family farms, ranches, businesses, and nonprofits.

Here is a short list of just a few of our favorite CFAM vendors:

• Azteca Gourmet Tamales: Oaxaca-style tamales made from scratch using generations-old family recipes; they’re gluten, GMO, lard, and preservative free. aztecagourmet.com.

• Eternal Bloom microgreens: These nutrition-packed greens are 100% certified organic and non-GMO. Instead of pesticides, they use ladybugs. facebook.com/eternalbloomco.

• New Roots Farm: This family farm offers a diverse variety of predominantly heirloom vegetables with no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. newrootsfarmllc.com.

CFAM runs through October 7, 2020: Wednesdays, 3–7 pm, at the Pioneer’s Museum (downtown COS) and Saturdays, 9–1 pm, at the Margarita at Pine Creek (northern COS). farmandartmarket.com

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