Some days I deliberately look for local products to make into dinner, other days it just works out that way.
Last week I had one of those meals, I had my heart set on Sunnyside Meats Beer Brats, so that means a stop at Nature’s Oasis. Those beer brats are made from local pigs (well local in terms of being from Colorado) and the beer is made at Ska, the processing plant is just a few miles from town and they are sold in town. Of course to go with brats, you need buns and since I was already at Nature’s Oasis that meant Serious Delights buns (Nature’s Oasis has several businesses inside of it providing the butcher shop, the bakery and arguably the liquor store as well) to go with.
For dessert I decided that since it was unseasonably warm (this was last week, this week the daytime high has been 30) it was time for a root beer float. The ice cream I picked out was from Cream Bean, a new local creamery that got its jump from small stand to storefront via a Kickstarter, because well I hadn’t tried it yet.
The root beer I decided must be from Zuberfizz, also a local company that makes very tasty sodas. That meant going next door to the liquor store, but that really just means going through an inside door into another portion of the main building.
By the time I got home, the ice cream was melty so I stuck it in the last little bit of snow (no electricity also means no freezer) and started a fire.
Dinner ended up being local brats on local buns over a local fire, right now the condiments that I have aren’t local but when they are out I’ll see about buying something locally produced and dessert was delicious, even if the amazingly eco friendly ice cream packaging froze to the snow and had to be chipped out.