Devour and 7K Ranch started collaborating in the Fall of 2020 when the Devour team assisted with making 7K’s namesake BBQ Sauce. Learn more about this local ranch and how you can support them by enjoying their delicious beef.
Mention Alberta and most people conjure images of beef sizzling on an open grill. Alberta and ranching are as closely tied as peanut butter and jelly. Many of the province’s ranches have now been swallowed up to make way for housing developments, new highways and general urban sprawl.
Just west of Okotoks, however, you’ll find the 7K Ranch, a family-owned business that has its roots in ranching from the 1960s. Deb and Michael Kaumeyer are it’s proprietors and they are working diligently to dust off old traditions and shed stereotypes around cattle ranching.
Michael’s father first registered the 7K ranch in 1963, naming it after their family of 7 – mom, dad, and their five children. In the 1990s, Michael repurchased a small piece of the original ranch his father sold in the 1980s and went to work rebuilding the brand while simultaneously changing how people related to the food they brought to their table.
With a focus on connection to the land, to community, and to each other, the Kaumeyers renovated the old calving barn, transforming it into an event space. The intent was to invite visitors to the ranch, offering them a tour and a chance to sit around the table, enjoying good food directly from the ranch and other farms.
It’s a wonderful experience in agri-tourism, bringing people from all walks of life together to learn about food production, the interconnection of the ranch to the ecosystem while deepening our connection to our community. 7K Ranch is a proud supporter of The Alex Community Food Centre (CFC), a welcoming place for people to come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all.
It’s a story and a business we at Devour can get behind 100% and with whom we are proud to partner.