Category Archives: Kids

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.

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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!

Introducing Artisan Pizza & Ice Cream Sundays at the Farmstead

June 27th, 2014

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What do a secret pizza dough recipe, local grass-fed dairy, and the best Texas summer produce have in common?  Our new Artisan Pizza & Ice Cream Sundays at the UA Farmstead!  Come out for lunch on Sundays starting June 29th at 11am for the most unique and delicious organic pizza and ice cream you can get in Dallas, made fresh in the Farmstead kitchen.  And bring the whole family -  if your kids are gonna eat pizza and ice cream, at least it’s made with the best ingredients possible.  :)

We’ve been working ’round the clock on our pizza and ice cream recipes to make sure they’re the very best for ‘ya.  Here’s UA founder Steven Bailey tasting our demo of pizza with local cheese and local sorrel pesto…

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VEGETARIANS:  We do love our meat at Urban Acres, that’s for sure.  But we love our vegetarian friends too, and you’re going to be really happy with our pizza options!

VEGANS: We still have a delicious vegan lunch option on the menu each week.  And we’re cooking up something else special for you soon…stay tuned. :)

Community Day – Celebrating Oak Cliff, Real Food, and Texas Farmers

May 23rd, 2014
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Photo: Travis Lilley

Last Saturday was our first annual Urban Acres Community Day – what a blast!  Thanks to everyone who came out to the Farmstead on the perfect warm, breezy spring day to celebrate Oak Cliff, real food, and Texas farmers.

There was fun for all ages…

Kids hopped over a ring of hay bales and adorned our parking lot with names and pictures written in chalk.  They played with pinwheels and chased after bubbles without a care in the world.

Photo: Travis Lilley

Photo: Travis Lilley

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Photo: Travis Lilley

The petting zoo was a hit, filled with potbellied pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, and bunnies. 

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Photo: Travis Lilley

Photo: Travis Lilley

Photo: Travis Lilley

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Photo: Travis Lilley

Adults kicked back on the patio, mingling with friends old and new.  We were serenaded by an awesome local band while enjoying locally-inspired food from the Farmstead kitchen: grass-fed beef hot dogs with homemade kraut and pickled turnips, homemade strawberry and blueberry hand pies, Maine Root soda and Holy Kombucha on tap.

Photo: Travis Lilley

Photo: Travis Lilley

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Photo: Travis Lilley

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Photo: Travis Lilley

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Photo: Travis Lilley

Even some of our local Texas farmers were able to slip away from their daily tasks to be a part of Community Day – Hudspeth Farm from Forestburg gave out samples of their delicious raw milk.  My Father’s Farm from Seguin showcased their microgreens. Garden Harvests from Waxahachie shared their chard and beets.  And Texas Honeybee Guild came with a fascinating display of live bees.

Hudspeth Farm giving out raw milk samples // Photo: Travis Lilley

Hudspeth Farm // Photo: Travis Lilley

My Father's Farm from Seguin, TX showcases their microgreens // Photo: Travis Lilley

My Father’s Farm // Photo: Travis Lilley

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Texas Honeybee Guild // Photo: Travis Lilley

Some of our other local friends were there for the fun, like OakFit (Oak Cliff’s new community-driven gym), Scott Calvin Pottery, Gecko Hardware, and Dallas Fire-Rescue.

OakFit // Photo: Travis Lilley

OakFit // Photo: Travis Lilley

Scott Calvin Pottery // Photo: Travis Lilley

Scott Calvin Pottery // Photo: Travis Lilley

Photo: Travis Lilley

Dallas Firefighters // Photo: Travis Lilley

Gecko Hardware’s superstar rooster mascot, George, was toted around like a puppy all over the Farmstead and even participated in yoga on the lawn by our local studio, Sync.

George with folks from Gecko Hardware // Photo: Travis Lilley

George with folks from Gecko Hardware // Photo: Travis Lilley

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George watches Sync Yoga on the lawn // Photo: Travis Lilley

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Sync Yoga on the lawn // Photo: Travis Lilley

As our special thanks, all Community Day attendees went home with a free sapling of a Bur Oak tree to plant in the neighborhood.

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Photo: Travis Lilley

At the end of the event, we overheard a little girl say to her parents, “I wanna go back to the petting zoo!  I want to spend the rest of my time there with the animals.”  And we were reminded that this is exactly what our Urban Acres community is about – connecting people with their food, the land, and each other.

From all our staff and volunteers, THANK YOU for letting us be a part of this amazing community!  See you again soon.

UA volunteer with Marketing Coordinator Barbara Bailey // Photo: Travis Lilley

UA volunteer Courtney with Marketing Coordinator Barbara Bailey // Photo: Travis Lilley

UA staffer Jackie // Photo: Travis Lilley

UA staffer Jackie // Photo: Travis Lilley

>> SEE ALL COMMUNITY DAY PHOTOS HERE.

Meet the Ladies ~ Dolly

February 10th, 2014

Our ladies have been quite a troopers these past few days. They kept close to each other to keep warm. We saw them all bundled up together in the Farmstead coop through these cold winter nights.

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The ladies in the coop

You have been reading about our ladies the last few weeks and today, you will learn to love the last lady of the coop, Dolly…

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Dolly is a Barred Rock, and is the oldest of our coop flock. Her coloring is a speckled black and white. She is our grand dame, the alpha hen, who loves to push the others around. Dolly is the first to emerge at feeding time from the safety of the coop. She always comes out clucking to find what goodies have been spread out in the run for sampling and is always the first to claim a piece of pear.

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Dolly

Dolly has been very vocal since arriving to the Baileys many years ago. After many days of listening her clucking away, she got named after the most popular country singer of our time, Dolly Parton. She didn’t disappoint the crowed visiting the coop the other day. She delighted both young and old with her “music”.

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Visitors at the coop

It’s always a joy to see young children connect to these lovely ladies. The purpose of the coop and its residents to educate the community about the lives of farm animals. Come visit and say hello to Dolly and her sisters next time you visit the Farmstead in Oak Cliff.

Meet the Ladies ~ Winnie

February 4th, 2014

Another cold week to pull through for our ladies at the Farmstead. We are so thankful for Anita, our Urban Acres grounds keeper, for her dedication to keep these lovely ladies comfortable under these insanely frigid conditions. Anita prepares the coop for the night not only by covering the run with a tarp but also heating a brick in her oven that she later wraps in a blanket and puts in the coop for the ladies to stay warm.

Let’s meet the third “sister” in the group, Winnie…

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Winnie, just like Penny, came to us from Peace and Love Farms and is still young. She is an Araucana, has a noble gray color and a long neck. Naming Winnie was easy; she got her name after the Baileys’ daughter’s favorite cartoon character ~ Winnie the Pooh. After watching many episodes of the “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff”, naming her came naturally.

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Winnie

Winnie is shy of people, especially strangers. When it comes to feeding time, she is the last one to emerge after the greens (chard, bok choy or tatsoi), scratch, and pears have been spread out in the run. She lays green eggs and was the first lady to lay eggs in her new home – producing 4 eggs in one week.

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Winnie’s green egg

Please, be patient around Winnie when visiting the coop. Although, she will surely warm up to you after a few visits.

Meet the Ladies ~ Penny

January 27th, 2014

We started our four-week series on the chickens of the Urban Acres Farmstead last week. Cee-Lo has been a great big sister to all the other ladies. Let’s meet Penny…

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Penny came to us from Peace & Love Farm. She is a young Rhode Island Red, with lovely auburn feathers. She was tiny and full of energy when we got her. While transporting the little chick in the van, we kept hearing a weird pecking sound from the box. Upon arriving to our destination, we realized she was pecking at a shiny penny. So we named her Penny.  She is expected to lay tan to brown eggs. When she feels comfortable in her new surroundings, she will lay at least 250-300 eggs a year.

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Penny

Penny adjusted well to her new environment at the Farmstead and we sense she is one of our ladies that started laying eggs in the coop.

Penny's first egg at the Farmstead coop

Penny’s first egg at the Farmstead coop

Penny is somewhat shy of people but is always ready to sample pieces of pear. Come by and check out her beautiful plumage.