How cute is this? Here are some photos of little Sky Jisha, 3-years-old, daughter of our local farmer Kent Jisha at Texas Daily Harvest in Yantis, TX. She’s modeling the Jisha’s locally grown broccoli rabe and green leaf lettuce/red leaf lettuce that we’ll be including in this weekend’s co-op style produce shares. Let’s be honest though – all we want to know is, does Sky come with it?
This Saturday, May 11th, we’ll be having an event at our NEW Highlands Farm Stand, Gecko Hardware (10233 E Northwest Hwy #409, Dallas, TX Map). Hang around between 8:30am-10:30am and enjoy a cooking demo by Urban Acres’ Founder, Steven Bailey. Taste some delicious tacos using UA ingredients and free coffee. Bring a friend!
The freeze that unexpectedly hit Texas and other states last week hurt several of our farmers. We reached out to Greer Farm in Daingerfield, TX, home of the amazing, juicy blueberries we all enjoy in the summer. They replied, “We had a bad freeze and will know in next week the extent of the crop for 2013. There are berries, just a question of the amount and timing of the crop.”
We’re hoping and praying all of our local farmers pull through…and that we get lots of local blueberries this summer!
As part of her 21-Day Clean Up Your Diet™ Online Program, Kim used produce from Urban Acres to make us an original, healthy recipe.
Below is the recipe in Kim’s words…
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Do you love eggs but are too rushed in the morning to make them? Why not enjoy them for lunch or dinner? High quality organic eggs are rich in choline, an important nutrient for reducing inflammation. Eggs are also loaded with vitamins and minerals in forms that can be easily absorbed. These include vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K in addition to iron, zinc, and lecithin, which help contribute to brain function, a healthy metabolism and disease prevention. Adding a dark leafy green vegetable – like Bok choy – and sweet potatoes along with your organic eggs makes this recipe a perfect, healthy meal!
Greens, Eggs & Hash
- 2 organic eggs
- 2 organic sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
- 4 stalks organic Bok choy, chopped
- ½ organic avocado, sliced
- 2 cups organic shiitake mushrooms, chopped
- 1 TBS organic coconut oil
- 1 tsp organic garlic powder
- 1 tsp organic seasoning
- 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
- Ground pepper to taste
- Balsamic vinegar to taste
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Peel and grate the sweet potatoes (I used a food processor).
Place in a bowl and mix with 1 TBS coconut oil, garlic powder, seasoning, sea salt and pepper.
Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put in the oven for 15 minutes.
Chop bok choy and mushrooms (remove stems first) and steam for 5-8 minutes.
After steaming, place them in a bowl and season with sea salt and pepper, to taste.
Spray pan and cook eggs sunny side up for 3-5 minutes (or longer depending on preference, I like my eggs very runny). Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste.
On a plate, serve eggs, sweet potato hash and bok-choy and mushrooms, add ½ chopped avocado on top and enjoy!
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About Kim Wilson Pollock, CHC:
Kim Wilson Pollock is a Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Coach dedicated to helping busy, smart, successful people become even more amazing by teaching them how to eat, what to eat and why to eat it in order to become the healthiest version of themselves! She received her certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Kim offers one-on-one health coaching and a 21-Day Clean Up Your Diet on-line nutrition program. Visit her at [www.kimwilsonhealthcoach.com]. Follow Kim on Facebook and Twitter.
One of the things we love is how everyone who is a part of Urban Acres combines their efforts to give a gift to the community. By purchasing produce cooperatively, we get to support local family farmers and help people in Dallas live healthier lives. What you might not know is that we are also able to donate extra produce every week to people in need. If you’ve ever missed a pickup or chosen to donate your produce one week, it has been given to one of the non-profits we work with here in Dallas.
Recently our Urban Acres Marketing Coordinator Amber Hansen spent a day with Kelly Wiley of 2000 Roses Foundation/The Rose Garden here in Oak Cliff who personally delivers the food to several of these non-profits and homes all over the city…on her day off!
Here’s what a typical donation day looks like…
First stop: Hillcrest House, part of AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD), in Oak Cliff (see our previous post about Hillcrest House here). ASD provides men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS with a variety of services ranging from medical and legal to housing.
After seeing the facility and meeting the team at Hillcrest House, UA staffer Amber reflects, “MaryBeth O’Connor, the Director of Hillcrest House, was overwhelmed with gratefulness. She said that the house brings hope, and it means a lot that they have good quality fresh food, not just canned food.”
Amber adds, “The chef there, David McDade, really impressed me, too. He makes it his goal to use every single piece of produce that we bring. So if he doesn’t know how to cook kohlrabi, he’ll figure out how to use it for the people.”
Second stop: CitySquare, an organization that serves Dallas’ poor. CitySquare feeds 130 families a day, and about 5,000 people come through their doors a month. Amber says, “What we donate is the only fresh, organic food that they get, and it goes fast. So if you have plenty and are deciding to donate your share, know you’re blessing a family in Dallas who truly needs it.”
Last stop: The Rose Garden, the upscale resale and gift shop that Kelly Wiley started right here on Davis St. in Oak Cliff. The Rose Garden is a training school of sorts to help women who are being rehabilitated and re-acclimated to society. Kelly uses the shop as a way to train these women, invest in them and build their confidence. The store has lots of beautiful clothing and decor for resale, and the women also make jewelry and candles.
What really made an impact on Amber though was the huge mosaic in the store that the women made. “Anything that breaks in the store, the women add to the mosaic wall,” Amber explains. “Kelly said a lot of the women feel they’re not artistic and can’t contribute. But Kelly encourages them to work on their section of the wall and add to the beauty. It’s made only with broken things, but it’s so beautiful.”
We are compelled to ask Kelly Wiley, “Don’t you ever get tired??” But the joy and energy she has is contagious. Deeply rooted in her belief that everyone, regardless of income, should have access to fresh, local, organic food, she works tirelessly to do her part. Instead of feeling frustrated about both the over-abundance and suffering here in Dallas, she bridges that gap by bringing the abundance to those who need it.
Now, Kelly is working on creating a community center in South Dallas, where she’s going to use the donated produce to make soup to feed even more people and help rebuild the community. Kelly says, “It’s a reality check of how blessed we are, and how we can make a difference. Doing this helps me be a better me.”
Are you looking for an alternative for your family’s ailments and first aid needs? Join us this Sunday, April 21st and learn how to lead a life of wellness using Young Living Essential Oils! Young Living has over 200 all-natural, 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils to help you live a healthier lifestyle.
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See you then!