Tour of High Plains Food Co-op to be held Sept. 20

7 09 2012

McPHERSON, KAN.- Sept. 7, 2012 – Kansas Farmers Union and High Plains Food Co-op are hosting a tour of the High Plains Food Cooperative (HPFC) on Thursday, Sept. 20 in the St. Francis area.

The group will depart from Atwood for St. Francis at 7 a.m. at Hwy 25 and 36 intersection. Carpooling will be available. Breakfast will not be provided.

Once in St. Francis, the tour will start at Becky’s Bierocks (306 S College), where the HPFC producers gather every third Thursday to transport their products to Denver. Here, tour attendees will have the opportunity to witness the co-op in action and network with the co-op’s members.

The rest of the morning will be filled with HPFC tours, starting at Becky’s Bierocks. Other tour stops include Prairie House Herbs and Rattlesnake Ridge Ranch. A list of all the HPFC producers and their stories can be found at highplainsfood.org/shop/prdcr_list.php. Lunch will be served in St Francis by HPFC members.

The tour will conclude with lunch in Atwood with time to network and socialize.

Also join Kansas Farmers Union, High Plains Food Co-op and Rawlins County Economic Development for a Beginning Farmer Workshop on Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Atwood.

The tour is open to the public. Registration is free, including meals. Lodging is not included, but is available in Colby.  For more information visit kansasfarmersunion.org. To RSVP, call Nick at 785-527-0941 or email kfu.nick@gmail.com.

About the Tour Stops:  Becky Roberson, owner of Becky’s Bierocks, and nine employees make fresh bierocks daily, which they sale in several markets, including Dillon’s.

Prairie House Herbs, owned and operated by sisters Jo Hagney and Laura Reeser, purchased a farm in 2000 where they now grow herbs and vegetables, raise goat meat and chickens for eggs, and make spices and sauces.

Rattlesnake Ridge Ranch, owned and operated by Chris and Heather Leibbrandt along with their children, “offers a full range of premium pork products and are beginning to offer a wide range of grass fed, home raised beef.”

High Plains Food Co-op information
The High Plains Food Co-op acts as a venue for producers and consumers to buy and sell food. The Co-op has 160 members and about 60 to 80 orders each month.

Consumer members, who live in the Denver area, get online during the first of each month and order from each producer’s list of products.

The Online Food Market is intended to “bring fresh, healthy, locally grown and produced food to the buyer in a cost-effective and easy manner,” highplainsfood.org states.

After the orders close, producers bring the filled orders on the third Thursday of every month to one of the drop points (Kansas producers meet in Atwood or St Francis) and one member takes the orders to Denver, stopping along the way to pick up more orders in Colorado.

Once in Denver, all the food is organized and each members’ order is sent to one of 10 pick up points in the Denver area.

“The High Plains Food Cooperative is committed to developing a self-reliant, self-empowering community, by offering a retail exchange to the Front Range of Colorado for goods and services which are grown, produced, traded, and distributed locally, in a sustainable, equitable, and responsible manner,” part of the co-op’s vision statement on highplainsfood.org.

 

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