Category Archives: Oak Cliff

Fall Harvest Festival Celebrating Non-GMO Month

October 19th, 2014

Help us celebrate the fall harvest and Non-GMO month!  The Urban Acres Fall Harvest Festival will be on Sunday, October 26th from 12-6pm at our Farmstead in Oak Cliff (1605 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, 75203).  Chef David and team will be roasting a whole hog from our friends at Falster Farm, and we’ll have some yummy seasonal sides and vegetarian options for sale.  A band, kid friendly activities, and games will ensure that the whole family has a great time.

10723950_846480622041627_1383799049_n5% of Farmstead sales for the day will be donated to The Non-GMO project, a non-profit supporting your right to choose non-GMO.

1962723_842042509148024_3563033280481787034_nPurchases over $75 will receive one of these handy little totes, while supplies last.

nonGMOtotebagIf you don’t know what a “GMO” is, it’s time to find out!  Check out these posts:

And for a little laugh, check out this Jimmy Kimmel video where they sent a crew to a local farmers market to ask people why they avoid GMOs and, more specifically, what the letters “GMO” stand for:

HA!  But seriously…be informed!  Know why you’re making your food choices and what they mean.  You have a right to choose non-GMO and the ability to educate others.

>> RSVP on our Facebook Event page.

See you next Sunday at the Farmstead!

Meet Our New Chicks ~ Thanks, Gecko Hardware!

October 14th, 2014

GeckoLogoTempAs if our 4 new bunnies weren’t causing enough of a stir (everyone wants to hold them, which we love!) we just added 10 new chicks to our urban Farmstead.  We have to thank our awesome friends at Gecko Hardware in Lake Highlands who donated the chicks to the cause!

The chicks are a mix of Ameraucanas (who lay the much-admired light blue eggs), Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Partridge Rocks, and Silver and Gold-Laced Wyandottes.

Here are some photos from when we picked them up at Gecko Hardware on Saturday…

This one looks like it might be a Partridge Rock…

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This sweetie was huddled under the feather duster – there’s one in every crate which makes the chicks feel like it’s a mother hen.
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And this gal literally flew into our box!  Of course we had to take her. ;-)
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We love that the chicks will be fun for kids and adults to visit while they’re still little, and once they’re old enough, they’ll join our other chickens in the “Farm” section on the left side of the Farmstead.  Come see all our new babies soon!

Meet Our New Bunnies

October 8th, 2014

Meet the four newest members of the Urban Acres family – Flemish Giant mixed breed bunnies!   These cuties are currently greeting guests at the front door of our Farmstead and will eventually be around the side of the building in the “farm” area with the chickens.  They’ll be used as a teaching tool for our customers and friends interested in expanding their urban homestead. Rabbits can be used for meat, obviously, but these will only be used to teach others how to raise them if they choose.

We have 3 females and one male bunny right now…living separately so we don’t suddenly have an entire colony of baby bunnies. :)  These bunnies may be small and cute now, but once they’re full-grown, they’ll likely each be 20+ pounds.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetCome see them next time you’re at the Farmstead.  And if you want to help name them, join the conversation on our Facebook page!

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Come by for lunch and snuggle some bunnies

 

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.