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What makes our food different?

Part of it is how it’s grown in the Colorado sunshine.   The rest is summed up best by Chef.
“We try to walk the line between ‘Ranchy and Fancy’.  It’s all about the execution, taking the time and effort to make every step of the meal perfect.  When you take great care and pride in every step of the process of cooking it really shines through.  Be it a simple charcuterie platter of our own cured meats, to the more elaborate, multi-coursed wine pairing dinners. Everything is executed at the highest level; that is paramount.  Although we have a little fun with the food on wine pairing nights with molecular gastronomy, it is very important to us that people learn to recognize what they are eating.”

About Our Chef, Jonathan Gillespie
Chef Jonathan jokes that as a young person he landed in the kitchen unintentionally, making messes and getting underfoot.  “I just ended up there and it felt right.” He attended the Culinary Institute of America and honed his craft in the country club industry and in high end hotel restaurants.  He found a natural niche in the guest ranch industry.  Jonathan was an instant fan of how it’s done at The Home Ranch with access to fresh ingredients.  “When there is that kind of connection to your food and where it is coming from, as opposed to a bag in a box on a truck from a warehouse, etc., you automatically feel this responsibility to treat it the best you can.  It is already perfect; it’s our job to not to make a mistake and let the ingredients shine.  Our ranch products and our gardens…… are unsurpassed.”

What the Chef Wants Guests to Experience

“To want for nothing!  There is a subtlety to food and beverage and serving in particular.  To have a server be there to give you what you need before you even realize you need it is something special and it is important to every fine meal I have ever had.   I am also always telling cooks and servers alike to keep their ears open. You can pick up on something a guest might need, or perhaps a food they would like to try. To conjure that for them before they mention it makes all the difference in the world to guests. During their stay our guests will be able to experience everything from casual pizza and tapas in the garden, beef and pork, ushi or  Middle Eastern cuisine in the dining room. A little bit of everything, and all of it fresh, walking the line between ranchy and fancy.”

Organic Gardens, Greenhouse, and Ranch-Raised Livestock ~ A Vision Realized

The genesis for The Farm grew out of founders Steve and Ann Stranahan’s love the Elk River Valley. They worked to create conservation easements among local landowners that would support and encourage the local ranching and farming community.  Collectively, 8,000 acres of this pristine alpine valley are forever protected from development.
The Home Ranch Farm began as an idea in the 90s between then Chef Clyde Nelson and Horticulture Manager Adele Carlson.  How could they add fresh and local ingredients during a short growing season in Colorado?   Clyde’s Farm and Adele’s Greenhouse were born.
The farm provides the Ranch kitchen with the freshest of ingredients.  You’ll find a lot of variety on your plate – like purple potatoes or turnips and radishes prepared in ways you never imagined. Along with the Farm, the Ranch provides organic beef, pork, the Horticulture Team maintains a happy, healthy flock of chickens and happy bees who produce the honey.  The bonus is that guests can learn where their food comes from and about how a high-country organic farm in Colorado can thrive with hands-on care and attention to detail.

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Home Ranch
Tour Code: GRCO04
8 days / 7 nights ~$4,400.00
Dates: June to Oct

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Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter Horse, Paint, Appaloosa, Thoro...
Pace: Moderate with optional trots and cante...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN)
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
C Intermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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