This weekend’s co-op style produce shares will include exotic and colorful purple majesty potatoes – locally grown at Yellow Prairie Farm in Caldwell, TX. Thanks, farmer Dan Tucker! What to do with purple potatoes?
What are these sputnik-shaped veggies in your co-op style produce share? KOHLRABI! It’s local too, from our friends at Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, TX.
Kohlrabi is a member of the cruciferous (cabbage) family and tastes a lot like broccoli stems. The word kohlrabi is actually German for “cabbage turnip” – and that’s exactly what they look like.
How To Prepare Kohlrabi
The skin is slightly tough, so use a peeler or a sharp paring knife. Slice in matchsticks or ribbons for salad, or slice however you need to for one of the recipes below. You can also eat the stems, which taste very cabbage-like.
How To Eat Kohlrabi
You can definitely eat kohlrabi raw – peeled, sliced and added to a salad, or just eaten by itself sprinkled with sea salt. But kohlrabi is also wonderful cooked. Here are some great recipe ideas!
We’d love to know what you think of your kohlrabi…
Our farmers are workin’ hard, and the wonderful local produce keeps comin’…
Here are some of the LOCAL produce items planned* to be in this weekend’s co-op style produce shares…there are a few more items in your share; this is just the local ones.
Turnips from Johnson’s Backyard Garden in Austin, TX
Beets or Fennel from Johnson’s Backyard Garden in Austin, TX
Carrots from Johnson’s Backyard Garden in Austin, TX
- Daikon Radishes from Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, TX
Kale from Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, TX
- Purple Hull Peas from Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, TX
Aquaponic Lettuce from Sand Creek Farm in Cameron, TX
Shiitake Mushrooms from Texas Organic Mushrooms in Denison, TX
- Rio Star Grapefruit from South Tex Organics in Mission, TX
*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!
That’s 9 local items!
Here are some recipe ideas for ya…
Roasted Purple Potatoes and Turnips (use any kind of potato)
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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 is used as a food herb in Asian herbal medicine. Both the tuber and the seeds are used medicinally.
Its 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.
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Straight from the Texas valley, Texas Red Grapefruit are sweet, juicy and tree-ripened, literally stored on the tree to peak of perfection. The Rio Star grapefruit combines the two reddest varieties – Rio Red and Star Ruby grapefruit. It has an overall blush on the exterior peel with a deep red interior color which is 7 to 10 times redder than the Ruby Red.
Spinach and Grapefruit Salad
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!
Our friends at Eden Creek Farm in Blooming Grove, TX sent this photo a few weeks ago of the swiss chard they’ve been growing for our co-op style produce shares. Well, it has now been harvested, and you’ll see this very chard in your share this weekend! How about that for fresh?
The farmers from Eden Creek will be appearing at “Meet Your Farmer Day” at some of our farm stand locations on November 24th and December 1st. Stay tuned for details.
Try these chard recipes…
- Rainbow Chard with Pine Nuts and Basil
- Sautéed Rainbow Chard with Garlic and Lemon
- Swiss Red Chard – What To Do?!
- Swiss Chard With Raisins and Bacon
- Leek and Swiss Chard Tart
Get lots of recipe ideas on our Pinterest page!
Hope your October is going well! Fall has officially arrived at Urban Acres. In fact, our team traveled all over Texas yesterday visiting several of our local farmers and picking up some wonderful local Texas produce for you! Stay tuned for video and photos, but here’s a list of the local produce* we’ve got for this weekend’s co-op style produce shares…
- Sweet potatoes from Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, TX
- Red potatoes from Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, TX
- Butternut squash from Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, TX
- Acorn squash from Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, TX
- Collard greens from Johnson’s Backyard Garden in Austin, TX
- Green beans from Johnson’s Backyard Garden in Austin, TX
- Kale from Johnson’s Backyard Garden in Austin, TX
* This is just a list of the local items, there will be other organic seasonal items in the shares.
Get lots of recipe ideas on our Pinterest page!
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At the Urban Acres store, we have some new fall products such as…
- New fall-inspired Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream flavors:
- Honeycrisp & MacIntosh apples
- Organic apple cider from a family farm in Colorado
- Pie pumpkins and edible squash galore (check out our pumpkin and squash Pinterest boards for recipe inspiration!)
We also have fall decorative items like carving pumpkins and Indian corn…
Come by and see us this weekend!
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!
2. Choose one of Farmigo’s convenient payment options. You can pay for 1, 2, or 6 shares at a time.
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!
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…
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
- Red potatoes
- Red Russian kale
- Sweet potatoes
Other seasonal items to look forward to:
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!
This weekend’s co-op style produce shares will include a uniquely wonderful fruit called a Pluot. What on earth is that?
A Pluot is a plum + apricot hybrid that’s available throughout the summer. You should leave them on the countertop to ripen, and then once they’re ripe, eat them or store them in the fridge.
Kids love ‘em! Kids sometimes call them “dinosaur eggs” because they’re egg-shaped with a pinkish red mottled appearance. Try serving pluot chunks as an after-school snack, or with yogurt or ice cream.
You can also try these recipes with your pluots…
- UA Member Christina Stock’s Brandied Plums
- UA Member Cassie Vincent’s Individual Fruit Tarts
- Plum Tart // How To Ripen Plums
Let us know how you like them!
Local Farm Update…
Below are some of the featured items we’re planning* for the co-op style produce shares this weekend…
Just when you thought an avocado couldn’t get any better, BEHOLD! The Reed Avocado.
- The Reed avocado is the size of a softball, super creamy, smooth, and buttery.
- Not only are Reed avocados difficult to find because their growing season is very short, but finding them organic is almost impossible.
- The Reed avocado stays green on the outside, and it’s ripe when it’s soft to the touch, not when it turns dark.
- The Reed avocado doesn’t brown as quickly as its cousin, the more common Haas avocado.
- Unlike the Haas avocado, the Reed doesn’t need lime juice and cilantro and all those fancy embellishments. The reed stands alone. All you need is a sprinkle of sea salt and a spoon to scoop out its creamy goodness.
If you absolutely must fancy them up, here are a few recipe ideas. But first try them plain – trust us!
Local Shiitake Mushrooms
Oh how we love our trusty shiitakes from Texas Organic Mushrooms in Denison! And we’ve prepared both slow and quick shiitake mushroom recipes for you, depending on how much time you have. Get them here.
Bi-Color Sweet Corn
Mmm, great sweetness and flavor to this corn with different color kernels. The possibilities are really endless with corn – you can go simple and just shuck it, boil it, butter and salt it, and eat it! (How to boil corn on the cob) Or try one of these recipes…
- As Easy as 1, 2, 3
- Elotes – Corn in a Cup
- Roasted Corn Chowder with Chicken, Lime + Cilantro from Gluten-Free Goddess
- Sweet Corn recipes from Eating Well
- Spicy Cilantro Corn Fritters with Roasted Tomato Zucchini Salsa from A Farmer In The Dell
- Summer Corn Salad from 101 Cookbooks
We love you guys! Thank you for all your support and we hope you’re enjoying your summer!
We’re so excited today – Jenni Hulet from The Urban Poser blog has put up a feature about us – a video she filmed of picking up her co-op style produce share at our Southlake location) plus some INCREDIBLE recipes using the produce. Thanks so much, Jenni!
We’ve been a huge fan of The Urban Poser blog since we found out about it – not only is it based in the DFW area, but the site features beautifully photographed and easy-to-make recipes using fresh, gluten-free, grain-free ingredients that are seriously delicious. We’ve featured several of her recipes that you can make with your Urban Acres produce. They’re especially great for those of you following gluten-free or Paleo/Primal diets!
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