Get to Know Our Indigenous, Native-Grown and Local Ingredients

posted by Allison Nuanes February 1, 2017

Maybe you’ve been in recently and had the chance to experience some of our new menu items for yourself. Or, maybe you’ve never had a chance to visit us (hey, why not?!) and are just learning about our restaurant and brand. Either way, in this post we hope you learn a bit more about our thought process when we select our ingredients.

We are also excited to celebrate and share our many partnerships with Native and Indigenous farmers and growers as well as local Colorado vendors who share our values. To us, ingredients don’t just make the food, they tell the story behind it. So, without further adieu, here are the stories behind some of our vendors who we are so proud to work with!

Our Native Grown Ingredients:

We are proud to source our Wild Rice and 100% Maple Syrup from Red Lake Nation Foods,
a Native American owned company dedicated to producing unique specialty products that represent the cultural heritage of the over 10,000 members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. Red Lake Nation Foods is located in the northern Minnesota counties of Beltrami and Clearwater, approximately 30 miles north of Bemidji.

Our olive oil and elderberry balsamic vinegar come from Seka Hills, which is named for the blue hills of northern California’s Capay Valley.There, the Yocha Dehe tribe tends to their ancestral homelands as they have for thousands of years. As good environmental stewards, the Yocha Dehe practice responsible water usage in their certified organic fields and use traditional wisdom to preserve the natural balance of the landscape.

Ramona Farms is the source of our Tepary Beans and Wheat Berries, which are found in our Posu Bowls and seed mixture topping. Ramona Farms began on a ten-acre allotment on the Gila River Reservation in southern Arizona. Over time, the farm expanded to grow an array of NON-GMO heirloom products, like the ancient tepary bean, without the use of pesticides or herbicides. Ramona Farms is committed to preserving culture and promoting the value of traditional foods to daily life.

Our delicious Indian corn and blue corn come from Bow & Arrow. Between Four Corners Monument and Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe began producing high quality corn products in 1962. On their 7,700 acre farm at the base of the Sleeping Ute Mountain, Bow & Arrow uses state of the art sustainability practices to grow, harvest, and mill their award winning NON-GMO products.

Local Colorado Vendors:

Rock River Ranches is the source of our beloved bison products. Working with local Colorado bison ranchers, RRR purchases and raises yearlings for an additional 10-14 months. The bison are fed a natural, balanced diet, kept in small groups to promote exercise, and never given any growth hormones or antibiotics. Harvested in groups of 10 or 12 locally in Pierce, Colorado, their products are then delivered sustainably using B100 biodiesel.

Our chicken is proudly sourced from Red Bird Farms, a Colorado Proud company raising cage free chickens that are never given antibiotics or hormones. Their flocks are fed a vegetarian diet and kept in spacious barns with plenty of ventilation where they have unlimited access to food and water. Red Bird remains active in the community through education outreach, volunteering, and charitable donations.

Tocabe’s Never Ending Quest for the Best

We are so proud of this list of vendors who we have chosen to partner with and share with you, our customers. But this is, we hope, only the beginning. We are constantly on the lookout for quality ingredients and like minded vendor partners. Updating and improving our menu is a task that we will continue doing as we find new flavors and companies that we love. Let us know of anything we should check out!

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