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Farm Runners awarded Purveyor of the Year

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Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette founded Farm Runners in 2015 to help bridge the gap between farmers on the Western Slope and their customers in the mountains.

Last week, Good Food 100 honored Clint and MaryKay Buckner of the Buckner Family Farm and Emma Stopher-Griffin and Matthew Kottenstette of the Farm Runners distribution company as the 2018 Producer and Purveyor of the Year at the inaugural Eat. Drink. Think. Colorado Industry Celebration. The event took place at the RiNo Yacht Club at The Source Hotel + Market Hall in Denver, where Colorado industry leaders including Kimbal Musk, Jeff Hermanson, Alex Seidel, Jen Jasinski and many more gathered to fête chefs, restaurants, farmers and producers committed to changing our food system for good.

The Producer and Purveyor of the Year awards serve to recognize individuals with an outstanding dedication to sustainability, transparency and advancing good food in the state of Colorado. Both the Producer and Purveyor of the Year were nominated and chosen by the 44 Colorado chefs that took part in the 2018 Good Food 100 Restaurants List.

"I am so proud of the 2018 Purveyor and Producer of the Year recipients. They deserve recognition for their hard work and commitment to sustainability, transparency and good food. Truly good food must honor and support every link in the food chain," said Sara Brito, co-founder and president of the Good Food 100.

Based in Hotchkiss, Farm Runners is a regional food distributor specializing in custom-harvested farm products. For six years, this purveyor has connected western Colorado with local farms, ranchers and artisans to provide year-round foodservice from Aspen to Telluride to Durango to Grand Junction.

"We are beyond grateful that our customers value our commitment to the local food movement. The farmers we have the honor of working with are the backbone of our business and we couldn't do this without them. We are absolutely passionate about what we do and are proud to provide chefs with the connection to these amazing farmers," said Stopher-Griffin and Kottenstette. "Receiving this award shows us that the hard work we do week in and week out is valuable to our community."

For more information on Good Food100, please visit www.goodfood100restaurants.org.

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