TENACITY: Women in Conservation
Join us on March 13
Each year, right about this time, the Palmer Land Conservancy team starts dreaming of holiday tables and traditions that are rooted in the local landscape. From the recipes that bring us together to traditions of getting outside to move and refresh, holidays in Colorado often reflect our connection to, and love of, the land.
Land for Food is a conservation priority for Palmer. We are committed to supporting rural communities and economies by working to protect local farms and ranches and connect people to local food.
To help bridge the gap between people and their local food sources, Palmer has championed various initiatives, such as conserving local farms, establishing an urban farm in the heart of Pueblo, producing a local food guide, and hosting the annual Bike the Bessemer event. It’s important to us you hear the stories of how local food plays a crucial role in the health and well-being of our community.
Allow us to introduce Mary Oreskovich and Richard Warner, chef-owners, devoted local food champions, and the culinary talents behind Palmer’s annual Bike the Bessemer event. In a recent conversation, Mary and Richard shared how their deep-rooted passion for local food and the land has shaped their Pueblo eateries, Bingo Burger and Diavolo Hot Chicken. We are thrilled to share their story and hope it encourages you to explore local food producers in your area.
As a special gift from Mary and Richard to ignite your enthusiasm for local food, we invite you to savor their cherished family recipes.
Mary Oreskovich and Richard Warner have been making great food featuring local ingredients for over 25 years. Mary, born and raised in Pueblo, and Richard, a Chicago transplant, are as passionate about local relationships as they are about the delicious meals they serve at their restaurants. Between their two restaurant concepts, they feature products from nearly twenty southern Colorado vendors from their preferred red Pueblo chiles, to Cañon City apples, and even the paper products they use in their kitchens. When asked why they are so committed to buying from and supporting local producers, Mary shared that buying local makes a difference to their local economy and generates reciprocal support for local businesses. She and Richard love seeing their delivery come in from Martino Ranch because they know they are getting great beef and they get to see their friend John while they serve him two fresh and hot Bingo Burgers. Mary and Richard know that local producers face many challenges in their work from water, to weather, to ever-increasing costs. But, they know (as do their loyal customers) that choosing to buy local is worth it because the quality, and community, are irreplaceable.
Yield: 6 servings
From the famed Pueblo chile, to sweet Rocky Ford melons, to local beef—the family farms and ranches throughout Colorado produce delicious and healthy food. Palmer’s farm and ranchland protection work is a critical piece to ensuring our rural communities, economies, and food supply remain strong.
Download Palmer's user-friendly, comprehensive guide to local producers throughout southern Colorado. From Salida to Rocky Ford, this guide is your one-stop shop to discover farmers, ranchers, and markets where you can shop directly for your favorite in-season produce and products. This unique guide is chock full of content, including maps, history, producer features, recipe spotlights, fun facts, and more. Download a copy here, or find out where you can pick up a printed copy here.