We’ve welcomed a new farm partner to Urban Acres – Hwy 19 Farms in Athens, TX. Last week was the first time we included their mix of Yellow Onions, Red Onions, and White Onions in the co-op style produce shares, and they’ll be in the shares again this weekend. One of our members said they caramelized the local onions from Hwy 19 Farms and they were “sweeter than candy, and more flavorful than any onion they have ever had before.”
Exciting news – this weekend’s co-op style produce shares will have our first round of local Texas peaches for the season, from Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, TX. If you’ve been around awhile, you know just how sweet and drip-down-your-chin-juicy the Texas peaches are. We should also have some for sale in the store this weekend…come get them before they’re gone!
We’ve also gotten lots of positive feedback on the Texas Rio Star Grapefruit and other citrus in the shares lately…we’re getting very close to the end of citrus season so they’ve been extra juicy and ripe. Enjoy the last of your local citrus!
Our Urban Acres store team is on the road again today visiting some of our local farm partners. First stop: Caprino Royale in Waco, home of the best goat cheese on the planet that we sell at UA.
Back row: Eric from Caprino, UA’s Andy, Hunter, and Samantha Front row: Karen from Caprino, UA’s Amber
Eric and Karen from Caprino are currently working on a new blue cheese that we’ll be carrying soon, and they’ve also launched farm dinners that are already sold out with a wait list. This fall, they’ll start hosting farm days so you can visit Caprino Royale and meet the playful goats. So fun!
Currently, Caprino Royale has about 10 baby goats and one pregnant goat who may deliver today!
Piggybacking on Hunter
Like my ears?
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About Caprino Royale
Caprino Royale is a micro-dairy and small sustainable farm in Waco, TX producing pasture based goat milk products. The farm is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Eric Tippit and Karen Dierolf. As James Bond fans, they created the name of their dairy from the word “Caprine,” the scientific term meaning “of or pertaining to goats” and as a spoof on the James Bond film Casino Royale. This developed into the goat herd name “Caprino Royale”. Their herd consists of purebred registered Nubian goats, which are known for their superior quality of milk, high butterfat content, and friendly disposition (not to mention, their big floppy ears!). We think Caprino Royale’s goat-milk cheese (fromage de chevre) is simply the best. For something sweet, try their Cajeta caramel sauce and Cajeta Pecan Cheese – yum.
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!