""When you look at Ranch-Way you are looking at the evolution of a mill". For the past one hundred and forty two years, the mill, located at the intersection of Linden and Willow, has served the local community and beyond. In fact, it's the oldest continuous business in Fort Collins.
Local lore has it that due to tasteless flour available to the early settlers, Elizabeth “Auntie” Stone and Henry Clay Peterson saw a business opportunity and bought the first mill equipment. For eighty years the Lindell Mills served the bourgeoning human population in and around Fort Collins.
Flash forward to 2010. The name of this landmark building has changed a number of times, as did the types of grain manufactured. Today the agricultural community depends on grains milled at Ranch-Way Feeds. Grain and feed made at Ranch-Way are nutritious (thanks to onsite animal dieticians and scientists), come in colorful, artistic sacks and are shipped to stores and ranchers in Northern Wyoming and El Paso, Texas, plus many, many places in between.
The U.S.D.A. just awarded Ranch-Way with a certificate to produce organic feed. The company has turned an old section of the mill into the new organic grain production area. While many ranches, farms, 4-Hers and retailers purchase the feed made in Fort Collins, Ranch-Way also has some unique customers, such as the Division of Wildlife, major high-end buffalo herds and zoos. Ranch-Way Feed is constantly adapting and changing to meet market demands and keep up with their competitors and choosy costumers.
For more interesting facts and information, check out their website, www.ranch-way.com, or better yet, stop by and talk to the knowledgeable staff! 546 Willow St. 970.482.1662.