Updates and Reminders

February 4th, 2016

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  • Oak Cliff Pickup Location is Changing.  Beginning Friday, February, 12th, 2016, our Oak Cliff pickup location will be moving to B B Bop Seoul Kitchen at 828 W Davis Street. As of that date, we will no longer be using this pickup as a courtesy pickup location for missed produce shares. 
  • Late Pickup Location.  Should you miss your produce share pickup window, it will instead be available on Sunday from 10am to 3pm inside the back, left-hand corner of Gecko Hardware (10233 E. Northwest Hwy #409, Dallas, TX). All remaining shares are donated after this time  to our nonprofit partners. There are no credits, refunds or replacements on uncollected shares.
  • Green Eggs and Ham.  They’re fine for Dr. Seuss, but we don’t want to be selling them!  Due to food safety concerns, meat and egg shares will only be available during your assigned pickup window and are donated at the end of the pickup. There are no credits, refunds or replacements on uncollected meat and egg shares. 
  • Hold the Veggies.  If you would like to place a delivery hold on your order or modify it in any way, you can login to Farmigo or contact Customer Support at megan@farmhousedelivery.com by noon on Wednesday of your pickup week to make changes and skip deliveries.

Urban Acres is Now Farmhouse Delivery!

December 16th, 2015

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We’re excited to announce that Urban Acres and Austin-based Farmhouse Delivery are uniting to grow the local food movement! Here are some cool new things to look forward to:

  • Home Delivery! If you remember, we took a poll several weeks ago.  The response was overwhelmingly positive for home delivery. We will begin with the following zip codes: 75220, 75208, 75248, and 75214. Large shares are $62, medium shares are $39 and small shares are $25. We’ll roll out additional zip codes over time. If you are in these zip codes and interested in home delivery please sign up here by December 20.  The first delivery will start on January 8.
  • 100% Local Products. If it wasn’t made in Texas or grown in Texas soil, it’s not coming to your door. As of this month, all the fruits and vegetables in your shares (hereafter called bushels) are being sourced from local family farms. In addition, you will be able to choose up to 3 vegetables as “dislikes” once home delivery is available to everyone.
  • Wider variety of products. We work from higher standards than any national grocer, offering the most premium quality food from Texas-local producers who use organic practices. From apples in the Panhandle to avocados in the Rio Grande Valley to poultry in Campbell, we’ve curated a line of the best products in Texas.  Take a sneak peak of items that will be available.
  • Weekly Supper Club. With options of 1-4 meals per week, these meals will be delivered to you with everything you need to make dinner, with the added bonus of the freshest locally-raised ingredients. Think lemongrass marinated chicken wings with rice and bok choy, steak lettuce wraps with Thai pecan sauce, and Moroccan lamb stew. They are quick, convenient, and delicious!

Please keep a look out for more information as we roll out these new services to Urban Acres customers! We expect most of these changes will happen over the next 60 days.

If you have any questions, please contact support@farmhousedelivery.com.  We can’t wait to serve you.

Holiday Hams are Now Available for December 19 Pickup

December 10th, 2015

 

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This ham is like no other.  Loncito Cartwright, farmer and owner of Peaceful Pork in Dinero, Texas starts with the best type of pig.  He selects Red Waddle and Large Black, both heritage breeds, for their fat composition and their foraging tendencies.  He raises them in rotated pastures so they always have access to fresh water and pasture.

Flying Pig Provision Co’s Master Charcutier Jerry Ater takes these happy pigs and applies his supreme smoking skills.  Smoky, sweet, and incredibly tender, this gorgeous holiday ham is already cooked so all you have to do is heat it in the oven (instructions included), leaving you plenty of time to prep your sides or to just kick back with a glass of eggnog and spread some holiday cheer.

These hams are $15.99/lb, but the weight may vary between 3 and 5 pounds.  You will be charged $80.00 for the ham.  Once the ham is picked up, we will refund you for the difference in weight. Pickup is on Saturday, December 19.

<UPDATE December 16>  We’re sold out!

Thanksgiving Turkeys Are Here

October 21st, 2015
_MG_2195Juicy and rich with flavor, Richardson Farms in Rockdale, Texas raises hormone free pastured turkeys without antibiotics.  A deposit of $20 reserve one of the following turkeys for an exceptional centerpiece to your holiday meal:

  • Heritage Turkey 8-12 lb OR 14-20 lb – $9.99/lb
    Because heritage birds are conceived naturally and allowed to live longer than conventional birds, they have longer legs and wings, more fat and dark meat, and richer flavor. Turkeys will be fresh-frozen.
  • Broad Breasted 12-17 lbs. OR 18-22 lb – $7.49/lb
    No hormones or antibiotics, each turkey is 100% pastured and organic. The turkeys will be fresh-frozen.

Select your heritage or broad-breasted holiday turkey today.  We will send you an invoice for the balance prior to your November 20th or 21st pickup.

Last day to order is November 18.

Goodbye, Farmstead

August 14th, 2015

farmstead tractorWe’re sad to announce today that we’re closing the doors of our urban farmstead and café at 1605 N. Beckley Ave. in Oak Cliff.   The change will go into effect August 17, 2015.  Our organic CSA produce share program will continue to grow and expand, supporting local farmers through 17 DFW pickup locations.  Our CSA no longer requires a membership and now includes grass-fed meats and pasture-raised eggs in addition to local and organic produce.

A few words from our Founder, Steven Bailey,

“During the last 18 months, we’ve seen a lot of folks in the organic sustainability market struggle here in Dallas. We were hoping to be one of the few who could weather the storm, but after many hard discussions the wisest thing for us to do is close down our brick and mortar location. We are truly sorry to be closing the doors of the farmstead. Our heart was to provide a retail spot in Oak Cliff where people could support local farmers and artisans, learn about urban farming, and come together to share real food. The farmstead was a place where people could trust the ingredients in the food they were feeding their families. We don’t regret a single moment of being a part of the community for the last five years. Though we are closing down, we’re grateful to know our farmstead has achieved its biggest goal – changing our community through real food. There have been countless meals shared, lives that have become healthier, children who found joy from the animals – we’re grateful to have been a part of it.”

Although the farmstead and café will be shut down, the building at 1605 N. Beckley Ave. will continue to be a produce pickup location for Urban Acres’ CSA at the normal Friday and Saturday pickup times. MELT Ice Creams will also continue to seamlessly provide their artisan ice cream to the community as they operate their pop-up shop inside the building. The hours of operation are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am – 9pm.

A little history…

In 2010, we opened our first temporary retail market at the old Delafuente Produce stand on Davis St. across from Nova.

Volunteers Douchka & MF at our first temporary location - no heat or AC!

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LizIn fall 2013, we launched the farmstead and café at the current location on Beckley in a beautiful ceremony with farmer, speaker and author, Joel Salatin. The farmstead was a home for unique community events, classes, and farm dinners as well as chickens, rabbits, fish, bees, native plants and herbs.

Here are a few of our other favorite images from the life of the farmstead, featuring just a few of the many, many people who have made it a special place…

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UA volunteer with Marketing Coordinator Barbara Bailey // Photo: Travis Lilley

Team members Mimi and Amber were present to lend a hand during the event.

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"Pizza Dough Joe" mixing the dough for the weekend

George with folks from Gecko Hardware // Photo: Travis Lilley

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Melt Ice Creams – Now At The Farmstead!

July 5th, 2015

logo-for-social_brightSave some gas money…you no longer have to drive to Ft. Worth to get the best handcrafted ice cream in the metroplex.  Yup, we now have a Melt Ice Creams pop-up shop right here at Urban Acres Farmstead!  Summer in Dallas just got a million times better.

Started by the adorable Kari Crowe just over a year ago in Ft. Worth’s Near Southside neighborhood, Melt is a craft ice cream shop that makes American classic ice cream using fresh and seasonal fruit for made-from-scratch sauces and compotes. Translation: they don’t run a mill, rotely cut cookies or line up to assemble anything they sell. Instead, they push the envelope of creativity to produce unique, creamy concoctions like no other, anywhere.  Melt specializes in unique flavors made with locally-sourced ingredients, from Dude, Sweet Chocolate and Avoca Coffee to Texas pecans. 

Let’s cut to the details, shall we?

  • Melt’s pop-up shop at UA is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 9 pm.
  • They have four flavors including one vegan.  Current flavors:
    • Beans (their classic Madagascar vanilla bean)
    • Chocolate Chocolate (made with Dude Sweet Chocolate)
    • Nectar of the Gods (nectarine jam in a vanilla base)
    • Coconut Curry (a vegan option made with coconut milk, drool-worthy photo below)
  • Choose a waffle cone or a cup!
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Coconut Curry (vegan)

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Melt pop-up shop at UA

Stay connected through the Melt At Urban Acres Facebook page.  And when you come, please take a photo and share it with us using #meltaturban.

Happy Summer!

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Spring Update From Pure Pastures

May 6th, 2015

We recently introduced you to our first farmer incubationWill and Jackie Parr of Pure Pastures Farm!  Here’s an update on how things are going on the farm and how you can continue to support the Parrs in their farming endeavors.

In Jackie’s words…

In the last update, we told you we adopted a rejected baby lamb, meaning that the momma did not let the baby feed. That lamb was the first of many, but most of the babies were very unhealthy when they came us and had to be put down. The rough part of farm life. We did end up with 3 healthy lambs though, which are grazing away in our back yard.

20150316_180430On 2/23/15, we received our first order of baby chicks. As some of you may remember, the weather was not exactly cooperative those first few weeks. Sleet and ice kept our brooder (where we keep the baby chicks) colder than we would have preferred. But now the weather has warmed up and everybody is happy and warm!

pure pastures 1FB_IMG_1427465232648Last month, they we received 245 more baby chicks. The weather is much warmer now and everybody is happy and healthy! The first order of chicks were pastured and we started selling our pastured chicken meat on 4/24/15.  We’re hoping to be able to have turkeys for Thanksgiving and will be purchasing hogs soon.

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Meet Our New Health Coach, Melissa McGaughey

April 2nd, 2015

Our former beloved health coach and nutritionist, Kim Wilson Pollock, has relocated to Colorado, and we miss her!  But we’re excited to welcome our new health coach and nutritionist, Melissa McGaughey!

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Melissa studied to be a health and nutrition coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC, where she became a Certified Health Coach recognized by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She further expanded her nutrition and fitness knowledge by becoming a Master Sports Nutritionist at the National Association of Sports Nutrition in San Diego.

Melissa is the owner of Enduralife Nutrition.  Enduralife’s coaching methods are based on whole, natural food nutrition and bio-individuality. They understand that each client is unique and has different goals that they want to reach. What works for one individual, may not work for another.

Here’s Melissa’s story in her own words…

I’m a wife, mom, and business owner.  As a child I struggled with being overweight, which led to self confidence and emotional issues. I was clueless about “healthy eating.”  We cooked at home as a family, but the meals we ate were typically unhealthy and we ate a lot of fast food.   I LOVED snacking on Cheetos and processed snacks!

In high school I jumped on the “fad diet” bandwagon and tried every diet out there. Low fat, no fat, Atkins, low carb, etc. which lead to very unhealthy eating habits that carried into college. Years later I began to realize that the habits that I had developed which I thought were super healthy, were wreaking havoc on my body and internal system. I was missing key nutrients in my diet that caused me to become very undernourished. As a marathon runner and athlete I started getting injured frequently and my muscles weren’t recovering from workouts. I started researching, reading and learning how to correct the deficiencies that the “fad diets” and “healthy eating” had caused and developed a passion for healing my body and internal system.

After having a baby, I decided to follow my passion for nutrition and help others reach their health, wellness and fitness goals. I believe that healthy eating is a way of life and is the primary fuel for optimal health, wellness and performance.

My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in sports and holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills, I work with clients to help them make simple lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.

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Just in time for spring, Melissa will be teaching a green smoothies class at the Farmstead this month – check it out!

4/30/15: Green Smoothies for Vibrant Health & Energy

If you’ve been trying to figure out what to do with all those leftover greens from your Urban Acres share, green smoothies are a yummy and easy way to go! Join us – and holistic health coach and sports nutritionist, Melissa McGaughey – as we show you how to make the ultimate green smoothie.

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What Are The Morrisons Planting?

April 2nd, 2015

We always love getting updates straight from our farmers.  Our friends and longtime farm partners, Jacky and Cindy Morrison of Morrison Organic Farm in O’Brien, TX, just sent us these photos of what they’ve been planting for us – we can’t wait!

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Peach orchard

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Onion planting

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Onions in the greenhouse – so thick they look like grass!

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Tomatoes and eggplant in the greenhouse

Through our relationship to farmers like The Morrisons, we’re all connected to something that’s really old, really simple, and really important: the food we eat comes from real places and real people.  

Urban Acres members and friends, thank you for using your dollars and voices to support local farmers like Jacky and Cindy who sacrifice so much to bring delicious organic food to our tables.