Rachel’s Keep On Keepin’ On & Coffee
Rachel is one of those people who never really liked working for anyone else. Luckily she is also one of those people that believes that you can “manifest your dreams”…and manifest them she did. In 2015 Rachel used her skills as a certified chef to open a quirky farm-to-table food truck, coffee shop, and she shed greenhouse in South Fork, Colorado, dedicated to fresh local eats.
How it came about
It started when Rachel’s father offered to buy her a house. She knew right away that she would rather buy a business. So after presenting her father with a business plan for her idea, he jumped on board. Rachel used her father’s investment to buy a small used Mexican sushi food truck that was wrapped in Pink Floyd graphics.
After fixing up the truck (she is a Grateful Dead fan), Rachel traveled around sharing her yummy eats before getting engaged and settling down in South Fork with her partner Lee. They also elaborately decorated an old shipping container that serves as the Coffee Shop
She Shed Greenhouse
The business was booming, but they still needed a permanent place for customers to relax in the winter. Rachel was dreaming of a space that matched her eclectic theme and future vision. After a visit to Joyful Journey Hot Springs with friends, Rachel found the perfect solution to her problem. With a little more manifesting and help from Lee, Rachel purchased a 26′ Growing Dome Greenhouse.
“The Growing Dome is so rad. I wanted something unique and groovy, and that’s what I got. It brings the outdoors indoors, like a little oasis”
It is important to note that they do not use their greenhouse to grow food, only decorative plants, and flowers. It is just a warm, inviting place for customers to relax, eat, and drink amongst the flowers, fish, and unique artwork. A local craftsman designed the stone gardening beds with built-in benches and added log tables to make the space even more harmonious with nature. Rachel describes it as Koko’s She Shed Greenhouse.
They already have customers who can’t get enough and are coming back regularly to have a coffee in the Growing Dome. Rachel is “so excited for this winter” to have a warm, cozy space for customers to enjoy a hot java on a cold Colorado day. Rachel also plans to purchase another Growing Dome Greenhouse that will be dedicated to growing fresh produce for the food truck.
What to expect on your visit
Everything at Rachel’s is fresh and local! Starting at 6 am you can get a piping hot expresso made with organic, free trade small-batch coffee from Moffat, CO. The Food truck opens at 11 am and the menu is bursting with Rachel’s creative spins on your favorite dishes. From loaded burritos to stacked sandwiches, there is something for everyone. The beef comes from Lee and Rachel’s grass-fed cows raised in the valley. The potatoes are grown on Lee’s farm in Center, CO and all of the other meat comes from Scanga Local Meat Company based out of Salida, CO. But her absolute must-have is the Bread Pudding made from homemade cinnamon rolls.
The next time you are in South Fork stop by Rachel’s Keep on Keepin On & Coffee where they believe “farm to table is the healthiest way to go.” You can even play a round of put-put golf for $5 in the summer months. Their current hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 7:30 – 4pm, Sunday 7:30 -11am, closed Mondays. If you aren’t sure you can always tell if they are open by checking the stoplight. If it’s green you’re good to go. But make sure to check out the She Shed Greenhouse garden seating!
You can find all of our Featured Growing Dome’s highlighted in our monthly newsletter “The Happy Grower,” on our social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram), and in our blog. At the end of the year, we create an annual calendar that includes every Dome of the Month. We send them to all Dome of the Month participants, along with a gift of Growing Spaces gardening goodies! Apply here. Have questions about a high altitude gardening? Send us an email to [email protected]