Colorado has a vibrant local food scene. Farms grow succulent Western Slope peaches and Pueblo green chiles. Sauce companies brew pungent barbeque; picklers offer gourmet preserves.
Elizabeth Mozer, who started the Lyric Cinema Café in Fort Collins, wanted to offer those local foods to her customers. She ran into difficulties, though, when she tried to track them down.
"We were running all over, trying to find things," she recalled. "It took a lot of effort, driving all over the place."
Mozer realized other businesses interested in sourcing locally were probably having the same problem. So she and her husband started LoCo Foods, to distribute local foods. Now LoCo and another new local food distributor, Source Local, are filling in the missing link between food producers and markets and restaurants.