Category Archives: Oak Cliff

Third Annual Urban Acres Holiday Market ~ Saturday, December 14

December 13th, 2013

We’re excited to bring you our Third Annual Urban Acres Holiday Market this Saturday…

holiday market garland Join us for our Third Annual Holiday Artisan Marketplace
at our
Urban Farmstead in Oak Cliff

Saturday, December 14 from 11am-2pm
1605 N. Beckley Ave. Dallas, TX 75203

10 of our favorite local craft and food artisans will come again to share their goods in our fun, community-based setting: 

Each artist will showcase handcrafted goods, and we’ll have Urban Acres holiday gift baskets and Urban Acres cutting boards for sale – it’s a perfect time to stock up on unique Christmas gifts.   Plan to stay for lunch – we’ll also have hot beverages and sandwiches for purchase.

This weekend will be a great time to visit the Farmstead. Come and sit on the deck with your family and friends. We’re looking forward to see you!

The Ladies Have Moved In

December 9th, 2013

Our new Urban Acres Farmstead exists to bring the farm to the city, support local farmers, and provide our community with wonderful organic Texas produce.  And what would a Farmstead be without farm animals? The honeybees are still awaiting their relocation to our roof, but the hens moved into their new home this week.

UA team member, Anita Mills, who takes care of the grounds at the Farmstead, shares her experience with the move…

We moved four adult hens – Dolly, Penny, Winnie, and Courtney Lorraine (a.k.a. Cee Lo) – into the chicken coop on Monday night. It’s important to move hens at night, because they tend to be sleepy and less excitable. Also, it’s nice for them to wake up in a new house in the morning.

The ladies clucked around the run, sampled the fresh food, found the water, and at last, led by the “alpha” hen, Dolly, walked up the ramp into the coop to roost for the night.

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Coop and run – the black tarp marks where the aquaponics greenhouse will go shortly

The coop is constructed to protect the hens while sleeping. They also have a 16-foot-long run that’s completely enclosed with a wire cloth to keep them safe from predators (hawks, owls, bobcats, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, and rats).

The ladies enjoyed the warm summer-like days, and during the harsh cold weather the run is covered up with a thick tarp.

Chicken run covered with tarps to keep the ladies warm during Icemageddon 2013

Keeping the ladies warm during Icemageddon 2013

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Stay tuned. Anita will introduce you to each of the hens in future posts.

Ain’t No Weather Cold Enough…

November 25th, 2013

We had our “soft opening” at the Farmstead this weekend, and the store was jammed packed even on a blustery day!  It was great to see all the smiling faces and hear the oohs and aahs as members and friends picked up their pasture-raised turkeys from our friends at Richardson Farms, Drunken Nut pie from Emporium, and Val’s delicious organic pumpkin pie.

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We made sure we had a variety of pastries on hand to enjoy with our coffee.

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Little ones loved the Thanksgiving coloring activities (kids’ area on the deck coming soon!).

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Our staff had fun helping people stock up on all the Thanksgiving must haves, such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash, green beans, and cranberries.

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1475998_683553204996956_1737263146_nWe wanted the soft opening to be your first meet-and-greet with our chicks, because after all you have to meet them to be able to name them!  However, chicks need to stay nice and warm, so we’ll have to share their joy when the Texas weather warms back up a bit.

We’ll have special open hours this Tuesday, November 26 for last-minute Thanksgiving shopping: 12noon-6pm.  Stop by and grab a hot cup of Oak Cliff Coffee with us.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

“Soft Opening” for Our New Farmstead – Join Us!

November 22nd, 2013

farmstead tractorWe’ll be having a “soft opening” celebration for our new Urban Acres Farmstead at 1605 N. Beckley Ave. in Oak Cliff this Saturday, November 23 from 8am-6pm. Please join us!  Many of you have already visited, and it’s been so fun to show you all the new features, but we’ve added even more. This weekend you’ll be able to see our open kitchen, Texas cheese counter, chicken coop, the herb and flower garden in progress, and brand new covered deck for dining at communal farm tables.  Coming soon: aquaponics greenhouse, bees on the roof, composting and worms, and a picnic area. Just look for the big barn-red building with the rooster – can’t miss it!

Don’t worry about the cold and rain – we have chimeneas, heaters, and lots of hot coffee.

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For those of you who don’t mind the cold, come sample some Jeni’s Ice Cream holiday flavors.

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“We’re so excited to introduce the Farmstead as a place for our community to interact over the idea that local food matters,” says Urban Acres Founder, Steven Bailey. “It might be the craziest thing we’ve dreamed up, but so was bringing organic fruits and veggies from Texas farmers into the city. Because of the Urban Acres family, we have been able to make that a reality.”

As always, we’re committed to providing products and produce that have no pesticides or hormones, no artificial flavoring, no hydrogenated oils, no MSG, and no genetically modified substances, all part of our mission to provide our community with fresh, organic, and wholesome food that supports Texas agriculture.

farmstead insideOur desire is that the chicken coop, herb garden, flower garden, and aquaponics system will provide you with hands-on educational opportunities to learn about small-scale urban farming.

We’ve also extended our hours.  Our new hours are:

  • Fridays & Saturdays: 8am-6pm
  • Sundays: 9am-5pm

The “grand opening” of the Urban Acres Farmstead is slated for January 18, 2014 and will include fun events for the entire family.  Mark your calendars!

Big Plans for the Future!

July 9th, 2013

photo-mainWe are thrilled and overjoyed to announce the official launch of our Kickstarter Campaign. We’ve cooked up some pretty big ideas, and instead of seeking out major investors or asking a bank for funding, we’re reaching to the people that got us to where we are today. Please take a moment to watch our campaign video and peruse the the fantastic list of donor gifts that we have compiled.

Click here to view our Kickstarter page>>

 

A Clean Slate

July 6th, 2013

IMG_9315Demolition has finally begun at our new store location at 1605 North Beckley Ave and we are thrilled. Once the interior walls and ceiling were taken down we were pleasantly surprised to find wooden ceiling joists and cinderblock walls. The building was a gas station during the 1950′s and was later converted to an office space in the 1970′s. The architectural details that are most appealing in the historic buildings found throughout Oak Cliff were hidden underneath a facade of bland taupe walls and drop ceiling panels. It took a lot of imagination to see past the ugly and envision a place where patrons would enjoy the best of Texas farms and artisans, but we rolled the dice and it’s paid off. We can’t wait to start putting our own stamp on this place and turning into a place that our community comes to love and appreciate for years to come.

Imagine a full deli counter and cheese case filled with the best Texas has to offer.

Imagine a full deli counter and cheese case filled with the best Texas has to offer.

A farm table spanning nearly the length of the entire space will be filled with local produce, fresh baked bread and other artisanal offerings.

A farm table spanning nearly the length of the entire space will be filled with local produce, fresh baked bread and other artisanal offerings.