Category Archives: Park Cities

Lots of Local Late-Fall Produce

December 6th, 2012

Local watermelon radish

Happy December!  This month is starting out great with lots of local produce!

Here are some of the LOCAL produce items planned* to be in this weekend’s co-op style produce shares…there are several more items, but this is just a sampling.

*Please remember that when working with fresh produce, availability can sometimes change last-minute.  We do our best to let you know what’s coming ahead of time, sometimes there are slight variations in the shares that we can’t predict at the time this is posted.  Thanks for your understanding!

Yes, that’s 9 local items – so excited!

Here are some recipe ideas for ya…

Asian Baby Bok Choy

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Local Shiitake Mushrooms: Slow & Quick Recipes

Shiitake mushroom bruschetta - 100% local ingredients

Creamy Kale Salad

Creamy Kale Salad | Image: wholeliving.com

Photo credit: wholeliving.com

The Pioneer Woman’s Roasted Carrots

Photo credit: thepioneerwoman.com

Photo credit: thepioneerwoman.com

Steamed Radishes

Image: allrecipes.com

Photo credit: allrecipes.com

Beetza (uses beets and kale)

Photo: afarmerinthedell.com

Photo credit: afarmerinthedell.com

The Sweet Potato Trio: baked, fries, hash

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Southern-Style Purple Hull Peas

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Or get lots of recipe ideas on our Pinterest page!

Thank you for being a part of Urban Acres and supporting Texas farmers and local, organic produce!  We ♥ our farmers, and we ♥ you!

We’ve Got Asian Roots

November 8th, 2012

Daikon radish

We just won “Small Business of the Year” from the Greater Dallas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce – woohoo!   So we’re kickin’ it Asian-style this weekend by including Daikon radishes in the co-op style produce shares.

Most often found in Asian grocery stores, the Daikon radish looks like a large, white carrot, though it has the flavor of a radish. It’s an Asian root vegetable used as a food herb in Asian herbal medicine. Both the tuber and the seeds are used medicinally.

The Daikon’s uses are many, treating such problems as cough and asthma, low energy, and yeast infections. Daikon also treats many digestive issues, including nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, and heartburn.

Try these recipes…

Get lots of recipe ideas on our Pinterest page!

“Best apple I’ve ever eaten…”

October 25th, 2012

Red delicious apples from Austin Family Farm

…is what one of our team members said upon tasting the freshly-picked organic apples we just received from Austin Family Farm in Paonia, CO.  The apples were literally picked a few days ago and driven from the farm to our door by the farmer Glenn Austin himself.

These special apples are for members only and will be appearing in the co-op style produce shares over the next few weeks.  This weekend is Red Delicious.  There’s no one else in the state of Texas who has these apples right now!

Here’s a video of the farmer, Glenn Austin, unloading the apples at our warehouse:

And did you know you can split an apple in half with your bare hands?  Or so they say.  Guess we’re gonna need to keep practicing – farmers are strong!

Butternut Squash Recipes For Fall

September 13th, 2012

Ah, butternut.  One of the most popular winter squash.  This weekend we’ll have our first round of butternut squash in the co-op style produce shares – hooray!

Butternut squash has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin.  Butternut squash is prepared by removing the skin (with a vegetable peeler) and seeds, which are not usually eaten or cooked.  However, both the skin and the seeds are edible – the seeds can be roasted, and the skin softens when roasted as well.  To roast a butternut squash, cut it in half lengthwise, remove seeds, and brush with olive or coconut oil.  Place cut side down on a baking sheet.  Bake for 45 minutes or until it is softened.   Alternately, you could peel and de-seed the squash and then cut into cubes or fries and roast the same way.

Here are some of our favorite butternut squash recipes for you to try…

We always love hearing what YOU decide to make with your produce, so please share your fave butternut squash recipes in the comments section below!

Important and Helpful Changes For Members: Introducing Farmigo!

September 7th, 2012

We have some very exciting news for our Urban Acres members today!

Introducing Farmigo

Effective Monday, September 10th, we will begin using Farmigo to manage all of our members’ produce share accounts.  Farmigo is an amazing online tool built specifically to connect people like you with fresh food directly from companies like Urban Acres and local farms.  All members who are actively receiving produce will get an email next week with their Farmigo account information.

Here are a few of the benefits members will experience when using Farmigo:

1. Manage your online Urban Acres produce account profile.  You’ll have the ability to place your account temporarily on hold, change your pickup site or share, update your personal information, change your email address, and much more!  This means you don’t have to email us every time – yay!

Sample of summary page in Farmigo account

2. Choose one of Farmigo’s convenient payment options.  You can pay for 1, 2, or 6 shares at a time.

Sample of payment options in Farmigo account

3. Add a recurring egg order to your produce share.  Add it once, and you’re done!  You won’t have to place a new order each week, and you can change/delete your egg order whenever you like.

COMING SOON!  Purchase more items from us through the Urban Acres webstore.

In short, the new system through Farmigo is going to be pretty awesome for everyone involved!

SO, NOW WHAT?

Just look for an email from us next week with your login info for the Farmigo website.  You will log into the Farmigo website and set up your payment plan for your produce.  All active members will need to set up new billing information on the Farmigo website, but it will only take a minute or two!

FAQs

Will my info be secure with Farmigo?
Farmigo uses trusted encryption software to protect their site. They work with industry-leaders like Paypal to process transactions and have implemented Transport Layer Security (TLS) to provide communications confidentiality over the Internet.

What if I don’t understand how to use my account on Farmigo?
Farmigo has made the system very user-friendly, and we know you’ll love it.  If you need help, just ask us.

What if I’m currently paying by check?
If you are paying by check, you may continue to do so, but we think you’ll like the Farmigo system for easy online payments.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?  We’re here to help!  Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thanks so much for your support, and please stay tuned for more info…

What’s Being Planted? Upcoming Fall Produce!

August 29th, 2012

Well the weather has yet to show it here in Dallas, but fall is coming!  We thought we’d give you something to look forward to.  Here are some of the items our local farmers are planning* for the fall co-op style produce shares…

  • Aquaponic lettuces
  • Butternut squash
  • Beets
  • Red potatoes
  • Red Russian kale
  • Sorrel
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cabbages

Other seasonal items to look forward to:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Grapefruit
  • Cauliflower

Come fall, come!

When working with fresh produce, availability can sometimes change last-minute.  We do our best to let you know what’s coming ahead of time, but sometimes things do change, especially when working with local farmers.  Thanks for your understanding!