If you’re a locavore in Junction, you’re in luck

If you prefer to know where your food comes from, you might be a locavore.

If you like to know that your food was produced in a natural and humane way, you might be a locavore.

If you want your food fresh from a local farm or ranch, not trucked from a thousand miles away, you definitely are a locavore.

And you’re in luck.

Grand Junction has several food sources that are purveyors of locally raised and produced meats and cheeses, including Fisher’s Market Premium Natural Meats and Rocking W Cheese.

Rocking W farmstead artisan cheeses, available at City Market stores, are produced in nearby Olathe. Yes, the crown prince of juicy Colorado sweet corn has another export.

The cheese is made from milk from the Webb family dairy cows within 24 hours of milking. All of the feed for the cows is grown by the Webbs, a sixth-generation Colorado family.

Their classic cheeses include all varieties and flavors of baby Swiss, Muenster, queso blano, farmers and jack. One that I sampled, portobello leek jack, was so delicious the block didn’t last an hour at my house.

Rocking W also sells cheese curds and ice cream. To order online or to get directions to their Olathe store, go to http://www.rockingwcheese.com.

Fisher’s carries natural beef, pork, lamb, free-range chicken and seafood (mostly wild caught and delivered three times a week).

The products, save the seafood, come from regional ranches and farms. The buffalo and chicken are from Maverick Ranch brand, based in Denver, which doesn’t allow the use of antibiotics, growth stimulants, hormones, steroids or pesticides.

Meat cutters at the store will cut meats to your specifications. If you have a big party or holiday coming up, you can pre-order preferred cuts.

Check out Fisher’s Web site to see the prodigious list of selections, http://www.farmhousemeats.com. Fisher’s is located behind Fisher’s Liquor Store, 625 24 1/2 Road, Unit B.

BATTLE OF THE CHEFS: Local chefs will put their prowess to the test April 1 at a pastry and dessert competition sponsored by Horizon Sunrise Rotary.

Chefs will compete for dominance in three categories: best dessert, best presentation and people’s choice.

Buy a ticket, $40 for one or two for $75, and you’ll be able to feast on the confectionery creations, sip wine and listen to the jazz sounds of Influx.

Proceeds benefit CASA, which provides advocates to abused and neglected children. Tickets are available from Rotary members or call Claudine Bogart, 270-5898.

TICKETS, QUICKLY: On Sunday, Il Bistro Italiano and Planet Wines are hosting the second in a series of dinners at the bistro featuring regional foods and wines from Italy.

The selected region this time is Lazio.

Tickets are on sale at either Planet Wines, 420 Main St., or Il Bistro Italiano, 400 Main St. The first dinner sold out quickly, according to Mike Chariton of Planet Wines.

Tickets are $55 per person, including tax and tip. Information: 243-8622.

PALATES AND PALETTES: If you stop by Planet Wines, be sure to check out the artwork of four Grand Junction artists displayed at the establishment. Works are by Linda Love, Deb Bonzek, Guill Ledon and Mary Vaughn.

QUOTE: “Well, we’ll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens.” “We could live offa the fatta the lan’.’’ — John Steinbeck, “Of Mice and Men”

Tess Furey is a freelance writer living in Grand Junction. E-mail her with tips and ideas at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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