Archive for August, 2011

An Imperial Blend of Coffee

The story of coffee begins in Abyssinia, present day Ethiopia, the original home of the coffee plant, Coffea Arabica. Grown wild since ancient times, on forested hillsides under the shade of eucalyptus canopies, protected from the harsh tropical sun and with the fallen leaves enriching the soil to make fertilizers, pesticides and chemicals unnecessary. Coffee, honey and spices are traditionally harvested by hand in this unique eco-system. This sustainable balance between man and nature leaves the forest intact and wildlife undisturbed. From this exotic story comes one of Africa’s finest coffees, Royal Abyssinia Coffee. The founder of Royal Abyssinia spent 23 years of his life living and working in Africa and discovered this incredible coffee for himself while laying water […]

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American Bison – A National Treasure

The American Bison is an magnificent animal, to say the least. In the days before large scale European colonization of North American, the bison numbered in the tens of millions, roaming the great plains and forests in unimaginable herds. They thrived in almost any climate and developed a symbiotic relationship with the prairie grasslands – spreading seeds, fertilizing, and cropping native vegetation. Furthermore they aren’t prone to overgrazing as the herd is always on the move, never lingering near a watering hole. That’s just one of many instincts that continue to distinguish the modern beef cow from its bison counterpart, who is descended from the roughly 1,000 animals that survived the devastating bison hunts of the late 19th century. Today […]

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Introducing Pastured Heritage Poultry

We’re super excited to begin offering pastured, heritage breed poultry that is humanely raised on small regional family farms.  This is the real deal folks – open fields, small flocks, no chemicals or antibiotics, 100% vegetarian fed, Animal Welfare Approved, and no genetic monstrosities that grow so fast they often can’t support their own weight.  These are literally the chickens your grandparents used to eat! We got a chance a few weeks back to visit one of the farms, Eastern Plains Natural Foods, in Bennett Colorado (about 30 miles east of Denver) and see for ourselves how the birds are raised.  Farmer Dallas Gilbert went from software engineer to poultry farmer because he wanted access to humanely raised meat and […]

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