Category Archives: Oak Cliff

Good Eats From The Farmstead Kitchen

September 18th, 2014

Have you dined with us yet at the Farmstead?  Our Farmstead Kitchen specializes in local and organic ingredients, providing a place to enjoy great food and support local Texas agriculture. Bring your friends, family, and kids, and dine on our patio at one of our communal farm tables!

UA_patio10654891_823899200964562_396501500_nNEW HOURS

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8am-2pm
  • Friday: 8am-8pm
  • Saturday: 8am-6pm
  • Sunday: 9am-5pm

While you’re there, give a high-five to our new head chef, David Rodriguez. David brings his creativity and passion for farm-to-table cuisine to the UA family and has taken our weekly-revolving menu to the next level.  We’ve been wowed by David’s dishes and are excited to see what he’s going to come up with each week using the local, seasonal produce at his fingertips.

David cookingOur Farmstead Kitchen is committed to using…

  • 100% Organic Produce
  • Grass-Fed Dairy
  • Fair-Trade Spices
  • Pastured Meats
  • Products that do not contain Pesticides or Hormones, Artificial Flavoring, Hydrogenated Oils, MSG, or GMOs.

Here are some of the staple items you’ll see…

“The Perfect Granola”

This is our Urban Acres original, well, perfect granola recipe. We’re proud to say it’s also made with the very best 100% organic ingredients: rolled oats, shredded coconut, chopped pecans, cane sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, coconut oil, & maple syrup.

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Organic Pizza

We combine a secret pizza dough recipe, local grass-fed dairy, and the best Texas produce to create pizzas that are delicious, local, and ethical.

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"Pizza Dough Joe" mixing the dough for the weekend

“Pizza Dough Joe” mixing the dough for the weekend

Breakfast

Our breakfast menu is constantly changing based on what’s in season, but you can expect handmade organic cinnamon rolls and homemade farm tacos, quiche, and croissants, to name a few.   And don’t forget the locally roasted coffee!

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Lunch

Just like our breakfast menu, the lunch menu is built around the very best seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. From our famous “Pig and Fig Sandwich” to Kale Salads, we strive to have something for all diets (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), while showcasing the best ingredients around.

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Baked Goods

Our talented baker Ali is always conjuring up something drool-worthy: scones, breads, pies, and cookies celebrating quality ingredients and the best local and seasonal produce.

Ali_Bakingsquash_bread10644079_822683097762369_1033426474_nWe hope to see you at the Farmstead soon!  Come hungry… :)

Welcome Our New Chef, David Rodriguez

August 28th, 2014

Urban Acres Chef David Rodriguez taking a photo op in front of the #UAtractor

We’re pleased to welcome our new head chef, David Rodriguez!   David brings his creativity and passion for farm-to-table cuisine to our Urban Acres family, further advancing our mission to change our community through real food that supports Texas agriculture.  Please give David a friendly hello or high-five when you see him hustling behind the counter in our open kitchen at the Farmstead!  David was most recently the Executive Chef at Oddfellows in Bishop Arts and previously spent several years in Denton working under Chef Sheena Croft at Hannah’s Off The Square. He was born and raised in Dallas and began cooking with his father at age 13.

With David’s addition to the team, we’ve also expanded our Farmstead breakfast and lunch menu, as well as our hours…now open Tuesday through Thursday!

NEW HOURS

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8am-2pm
  • Friday: 8am-8pm
  • Saturday: 8am-6pm
  • Sunday: 9am-5pm

If you dined under the misters on our patio last weekend, then you’ve already tried some of David’s new weekly-revolving menu items that showcase what the seasons and our Texas farmers and artisans have to offer: the “Pig and Fig” sandwich, pastured chicken salad, squash quiche, and organic artisan pizza with garden sorrel pesto, to name a few.  Coming soon: housemade chorizo tacos with pastured pork.  Yum.

New quiche on the Farmstead menu

New squash quiche on the Farmstead menu

David says the menu was also inspired by recent trips to Portland, San Francisco, and Berkeley.

“We’ve spent some time traveling and researching what the best chefs are doing on the West Coast, where they set the standard for cutting-edge local and organic cuisine – pizza at The Cheeseboard Collective in Berkeley, quiche at Tartine in San Fran’s Mission District, sandwiches at Lardo in Portland. My hope is to take this little urban farm in Dallas and use the eggs from our chickens, the honey from our bees, the veggies from our greenhouse, and other honest ingredients to put our unique spin on Dallas’ food scene.”

Our Farmstead is committed to using 100% organic produce and dairy, fair-trade spices, pastured meats, and products that do not contain pesticides or hormones, artificial flavoring, hydrogenated oils, MSG, or GMOs.  Bring your friends, family, and kids, and dine on our patio at communal farm tables and tour the on-site chicken coop, herb garden, flower garden, and aquaponics greenhouse, as well as sign up for one of our Farmstead classes including knife skills, cooking, canning, and gardening.

See ya this weekend, friends!

Roasting Whole Pastured Chickens: Everything You Need To Know

July 31st, 2014

In case you haven’t heard, the Urban Acres Meat Share is here!  If you’re already receiving a produce share, you can now add on a meat share of 100% Pasture-Raised Chicken and/or Grass-Fed/Grass-Finished Beef.

Andy trying a Gundermann fig

Andy trying a fresh fig at a local farm

In honor of the new meat shares, we thought that everyone should know how to perfectly roast a whole pastured chicken.  Here’s a tutorial straight from our UA staffer and food connoisseur, Andy Minton.

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Whole Roast Chickens

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Mike and Connie Hale and family

Mike and Connie Hale and family

The chicken we sell at Urban Acres is 100% pasture-raised from Mike and Connie Hale’s Windy Meadows Family Farm in Northeast Texas.  Their chickens are hatched on site, ensuring a stress-free start. They are not only cage-free and free-range, but pastured, meaning that the chickens live out their days in fresh air and sunlight. They receive organic feed free-choice to supplement the nutrition they receive from their natural diet, which includes insects and their pasture grasses, which have been pesticide and herbicide free for nearly thirty years.

Most of Windy Meadows’ whole chickens are called “fryers.” This means they’re between 2.5 and 4 pounds total. They are sold without gizzards/innards for ease of roasting (they use these components in-house to reduce waste). If you’re looking for gravy, they are all sold neck-on. Keep the neck for gravy. Seriously.

Roast these whole chickens. This is the recipe to use.  Know this concept. It is the best way to cook a whole chicken. End of story.

Don’t bother trussing the old way with butcher’s twine. Do this. It’s easy.

If you’re not cooking for a family/new girlfriend, let it rest for 15 minutes under an aluminum foil tent. Then eat it with the fingers. Don’t forget the “oyster.” It’s the best part. If you don’t roast chickens, you’ve never eaten one. The cooks eat them before plating.

Or carve them this wayCarving will look ugly your first 5-10 times, but then it magically becomes showroom pretty.

Keep the bones/carcass to make your own chicken stock.  Here’s a great tutorial.

Summer At The Farmstead

July 29th, 2014

Have you been by the Farmstead lately?  On one side of the building, the edible cactus and container gardens are flourishing.  While you’re there, take a photo op on the tractor donated by Farmer Dan.

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On the other side, “the girls of the coop” are enjoying their summer too, especially when they get organic food scraps from our kitchen.  We swear those chickens eat better than us sometimes!

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The patio is constantly evolving, surrounded by reclaimed wood planters full of native plants and herbs.

farmstead flowers

farmstead chocolate mint

Feel free to touch and smell them…they’re for you to learn!    We also use these fresh herbs in our Farmstead kitchen.

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And don’t worry about the heat – our new mister fans will keep you cool while you enjoy some good eats…

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…like our new homemade quiche made with local and organic ingredients.

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And Artisan Pizza & Ice Cream on Fridays & Sundays…

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We also have locally-brewed kombucha, Crazy Water, refreshing salads, plentiful local produce, and more to help you beat the heat.

Follow us on Instagram @urbanacres for more photos and current happenings.  Hope to see you this weekend!

Local Figs Are Back!

July 24th, 2014

Figs from Gundermann Acres

Exciting announcement: for the first time in two years, all the co-op style produce shares this weekend will have local figs from Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, TX!  We’ll also have extra figs for sale at the Farmstead.  If you’ve never had these local, sweet delectable figs from the Gundermanns, you’re in for a treat, friends.

Here are some photos we just received from the Gundermanns showing your figs in the field… gundermann figs july 2014-1

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Can’t wait to get our hands on these!

Bonus: figs are super nutritious too.  Figs are high in natural simple sugars, minerals, and fiber. Figs are fairly rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese.

Figs are often recommended to nourish and tone the intestines because they are a very good source of fiber. They are also a good source of potassium, an important consideration in helping to control blood pressure. Figs are among the most highly alkaline foods, making them useful in supporting the proper pH of the body.

You’re probably just going to want to pop these in your mouth and eat them whole…but if you want a recipe, here are a few ideas…

The Perfect Granola

July 14th, 2014

If you’ve been to the Farmstead, you’ve probably snagged a bag of “The Perfect Granola,” our Urban Acres original, well, perfect granola recipe.  We’re proud to say it’s also made with the very best 100% organic ingredients: rolled oats, shredded coconut, chopped pecans, cane sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, coconut oil, & maple syrup.

For your convenience, very soon The Perfect Granola will be available as an “add-on” to your produce share so you can get it at your pickup location with your produce.  The more people eating The Perfect Granola, the better!  That’s what we say.

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