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Fall Harvest Festival Celebrating Non-GMO Month

October 19th, 2014

Help us celebrate the fall harvest and Non-GMO month!  The Urban Acres Fall Harvest Festival will be on Sunday, October 26th from 12-6pm at our Farmstead in Oak Cliff.  Chef David and team will be roasting a whole hog from our friends at Falster Farm, and we’ll have some yummy seasonal sides and vegetarian options for sale.  A band, kid friendly activities, and games will ensure that the whole family has a great time.

10723950_846480622041627_1383799049_n5% of Farmstead sales for the day will be donated to The Non-GMO project, a non-profit supporting your right to choose non-GMO.

1962723_842042509148024_3563033280481787034_nPurchases over $75 will receive one of these handy little totes, while supplies last.

nonGMOtotebagIf you don’t know what a “GMO” is, it’s time to find out!  Check out these posts:

And for a little laugh, check out this Jimmy Kimmel video where they sent a crew to a local farmers market to ask people why they avoid GMOs and, more specifically, what the letters “GMO” stand for:

HA!  But seriously…be informed!  Know why you’re making your food choices and what they mean.  You have a right to choose non-GMO and the ability to educate others.

See you next Sunday at the Farmstead!

Real Food For Kids Facebook Group ~ Moderator Needed!

October 18th, 2014

realfoodforkids-imageWe know how challenging it can be to provide healthy meal and snack options for the little ones in your lives using local produce and other excellent quality ingredients.

Enter Real Food For Kids – a new Facebook group we’ve created so parents and caregivers can network about…

  • ways to encourage kids to eat real, unprocessed foods
  • how to connect kids with where their food comes from
  • share kid-friendly recipes
  • and more!

We are now looking for a Facebook-savvy UA member who is a parent or caregiver and can moderate this group for us on a volunteer basis.  If you’re interested in being our moderator, please email joe@uafarmstead.com.  Thanks so much!

Buon Appetito!

October 8th, 2014

This weekend, the Medium and Large produce shares will include a new item – Italian Salad Mix greens from My Father’s Farm in Seguin, TX.

1007140837aExclusively imported from a Italian seed company, this is a premium blend of lettuces, designed to give a wide range of color, shape, and texture. Great as the basis for any salad, the Italian Salad Mix has bibb lettuces, cress, cabbage greens, beet greens, and chicory/curly endive.

Did you know…  Endives are ancient, originally from the Mediterranean.  They were planted by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. The thick leaves also have some medical properties and contain essential amino acids, fats, starch, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and B1, B2, C, K and P vitamins.

201010-r-big-italian-saladHere are a few recipe ideas – use your Italian Salad Mix to throw together one of these easy salads:

The Pioneer Woman’s Big Italian Salad

Big Italian Salad from Food and Wine

Get your salad spoons ready ~ Buon Appetito!

Good Eats From The Farmstead Kitchen

September 18th, 2014

Have you dined with us yet at the Farmstead?  Our Farmstead Kitchen specializes in local and organic ingredients, providing a place to enjoy great food and support local Texas agriculture. Bring your friends, family, and kids, and dine on our patio at one of our communal farm tables!

UA_patio10654891_823899200964562_396501500_nNEW HOURS

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8am-2pm
  • Friday: 8am-8pm
  • Saturday: 8am-6pm
  • Sunday: 9am-5pm

While you’re there, give a high-five to our new head chef, David Rodriguez. David brings his creativity and passion for farm-to-table cuisine to the UA family and has taken our weekly-revolving menu to the next level.  We’ve been wowed by David’s dishes and are excited to see what he’s going to come up with each week using the local, seasonal produce at his fingertips.

David cookingOur Farmstead Kitchen is committed to using…

  • 100% Organic Produce
  • Grass-Fed Dairy
  • Fair-Trade Spices
  • Pastured Meats
  • Products that do not contain Pesticides or Hormones, Artificial Flavoring, Hydrogenated Oils, MSG, or GMOs.

Here are some of the staple items you’ll see…

“The Perfect Granola”

This is our Urban Acres original, well, perfect granola recipe. We’re proud to say it’s also made with the very best 100% organic ingredients: rolled oats, shredded coconut, chopped pecans, cane sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, coconut oil, & maple syrup.

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Organic Pizza

We combine a secret pizza dough recipe, local grass-fed dairy, and the best Texas produce to create pizzas that are delicious, local, and ethical.

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"Pizza Dough Joe" mixing the dough for the weekend

“Pizza Dough Joe” mixing the dough for the weekend

Breakfast

Our breakfast menu is constantly changing based on what’s in season, but you can expect handmade organic cinnamon rolls and homemade farm tacos, quiche, and croissants, to name a few.   And don’t forget the locally roasted coffee!

cinnamon_rollQuiche
Lunch

Just like our breakfast menu, the lunch menu is built around the very best seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. From our famous “Pig and Fig Sandwich” to Kale Salads, we strive to have something for all diets (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), while showcasing the best ingredients around.

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Baked Goods

Our talented baker Ali is always conjuring up something drool-worthy: scones, breads, pies, and cookies celebrating quality ingredients and the best local and seasonal produce.

Ali_Bakingsquash_bread10644079_822683097762369_1033426474_nWe hope to see you at the Farmstead soon!  Come hungry… :)

Every Drop Of Water Counts

September 11th, 2014

Can you imagine being utterly dependent upon every rain drop?   For lifetime farmers like our good friends Jacky and Cindy Morrison of Morrison Organic Farm, every drop of water counts.  Last summer, they moved from Cleburne, TX to their new 157-acre farm in Comanche, TX.

“Life on our new plot of land has been great,” says Cindy.   “We’ve been spending the last year adding nutrients back into the soil, as some would say ‘healing the land.’  We’re finally at the point where we’re growing food on many acres of the farm…lots of it for Urban Acres produce shares!”

Planting fields

Planting fields

As of this week, The Morrisons are “crazy busy” planting and cultivating fields. Although they do have good irrigation systems set up, they were still desperate for rain for their okra crop, which is not on irrigation.  Thankfully, they received 2.3 inches of rain a few weeks back!  In addition to okra, they’re planting pie pumpkins, winter squash, and white cucumbers.

White cucumbers

White cucumbers

Pie pumpkins

Pie pumpkins

Winter squash

Winter squash

Jacky and Cindy are currently living in the upstairs quarters of their barn, but they haven’t had time to completely finish the buildings (too busy farming!). They still need to install their kitchen and are hoping to do so this winter.

Through our relationship to farmers like The Morrisons, we’re all connected to something that’s really old, really simple, and really important: the food we eat comes from real places and real people.  

Urban Acres members and friends, thank you for using your dollars and voices to support local farmers like Jacky and Cindy who sacrifice so much to bring delicious organic food to our tables. 

Meet Our Friends At Garden Harvests

September 8th, 2014

Because of your support, our friends at Garden Harvests in Waxahachie, TX are fulfilling their dreams.  In fact, one main reason for the recent change in produce shares is to support farmers like this, to be able to take smaller farmers under our wings and not make it mandatory to grow huge numbers to sell to us.

garden harvests 1 copyGarden Harvests is a family partnership of Jessica Longoria and her mother-in-law, Fina, who started the farm almost a decade ago.  Together, they’re cultivating 5 acres in Waxahachie, TX.  Jessica got involved 7 years ago and started doing most of the labor, while Fina joins her in the early morning before it gets too hot.   Between the two of them, they’re able to harvest everything they grow, usually about an acre per person.  Pretty amazing!

Garden Harvests FinaWhen we talked with Jessica recently, she could barely hear us over the weed-eating she was doing and welcomed a break from the heat to talk…

“We were so thankful for the rain we got on August 18th,” she said.  “We were really struggling, because the rain kept passing over us.”   Jessica said they’re currently growing a crop of green beans which are planted with 50 x 100 ft rows on one acre and 30 x 100 ft rows on another half acre. They’ll all be harvested by hand by Jessica and her mother-in-law.

Jessica and Fina are looking forward to planting some delicious greens, like spinach and kale, this fall.  They’ll also be growing zucchini and potted kale when the soil cools in late September.

Garden Harvests Jess zucch rowsWe can’t wait to have some fresh goodies from Garden Harvests in our produce shares this fall.  Thank you for all of your hard work, Jessica and Fina.  We appreciate you so much!