Community Ag Alliance: Moots Colorado Ranch Rally ready to hit the road |

Community Ag Alliance: Moots Colorado Ranch Rally ready to hit the road

This Saturday, the second annual Moots Colorado Ranch Rally will take place. This event is a noncompetitive, 50-mile dirt road ride that encompasses historic ranches to the north and west of Steamboat. It is our little hidden treasure as cyclists find and ride on roads that have very little traffic, amazing views, wildlife and a history of unseen landmarks that dot the countryside. As was also the case last year, the 2015 event will benefit the Community Agriculture Alliance. One hundred percent of our proceeds from the event will be donated to CAA, which makes it part of their mission to lead community to grow agriculture and to create alliance among individuals with shared passions and goals.

At Moots, we greatly value being a home grown business. And our location in Steamboat Springs allows us the opportunity to adventure on our bikes past working ranches that have fed generations. Our intent in hosting the Ranch Rally is to share the passion of cycling while bringing awareness to the heritage and importance agriculture plays in all of our lives.

Cyclists love to eat good food that will allow us to power our bikes near and far, and we like to know where our food came from. The CAA has now made this possible. Their Marketplace launched online last winter with the notion of supporting local producers. The Marketplace is a convenient way to access items such as beef, chicken, pork, lamb, seasonal vegetable crops, gifts and more every Monday.

You can order what you like and pick it up at the CAA office — it’s that easy. Think about that: supporting local ranches and purchasing local food, all raised in Routt County.

In riding these beautiful roads around Routt County, you can see just where your food could and should come from. Over the past week, some of us got out early one morning, and as we passed another herd of beef cows, one of us said “I see cheeseburgers …”

Cathy Wiedemer is public relations manager and spokesperson for Moots Colorado Ranch Rally.

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