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Juicy Texas Watermelon, Figs, and Okra – We Can’t Get Enough!

July 12th, 2012

You’re in luck – there’s more juicy watermelon in the fields!  So we’ll be getting another 15,000 lbs of Texas watermelon this weekend for the co-op style produce shares, along with other deliciousness. 

Here are more of the local items we’re planning* for your share…

*There are several more items in your share – this is just a list of the local items.  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!

Local Farm Update

We’re about to go through another transition – all our local farmers are planting right now for the fall harvest.  We’ve seen the last of the tomatoes for awhile :(.  Hope you enjoyed them!  We’re hoping the final wave of Texas peaches will be coming soon.

Here are some photos & recipes for you…

Watermelon

Juicy Texas watermelon

Our favorite way to eat watermelon is to simply squeeze fresh lime juice all over it and suck it down.  Here are a few recipe ideas if you’re looking for something different…

Figs

Figs from Gundermann Acres

Figs are high in natural simple sugars, minerals, and fiber. Figs are fairly rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese.

Alecia Huber’s Caramelized Onion, Fig, & Goat Cheese Tart

Figs are often recommended to nourish and tone the intestines because they are a very good source of fiber. They are also a good source of potassium, an important consideration in helping to control blood pressure. Figs are among the most highly alkaline foods, making them useful in supporting the proper pH of the body.

You’re probably just going to want to pop these in your mouth and eat them whole…but if you want a recipe, here are a few ideas…

What Is Arugula?

Arugula is a wonderfully “spicy” green that can be eaten the same way you would spinach.  Try throwing it in a pan with sautéed onions and mushrooms. Heat a pan on medium low with olive oil and add sliced or chopped onions.  Sprinkle some sea salt and let it cook low and slow for about 20 minutes.  As it starts to soften and become a slightly brown color, add the sliced mushrooms and then arugula.  Use this as a filling for fajitas, topping on a grass-fed beef or bison burger, or atop of a hot bowl of polenta and raw cheese for a veggie bowl like none other.

Our other favorite way to use arugula is to eat it raw.  Make bite-sized lettuce wraps with them.  Wrap the arugula around eggs and chicken sausage in the morning or try grass-fed beef with raw pepper jack.  Delicious!

Here’s one more arugula recipe for ya…

Okra

So you’ve got lots of local okra to eat…now what?  Here are 5 ways to eat and enjoy it!

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Thank you for being a part of Urban Acres and supporting Texas farmers and local, organic produce!  We ♥ our farmers, and we ♥ you!

Big Weekend!

July 6th, 2012

The Urban Acres store is stocked!  Come see us this weekend for some huge juicy watermelon and beautiful basil bouquets just picked from the field at Gundermann Acres in Wharton County.  Try some samples of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams made with grass-fed cow’s milk, or some Texas figs topped with goat cheese from Caprino Royale.

Take a look…

A variety of seasonal local and organic produce…

Farm-fresh Texas dairy…

Healthier snacks and desserts made with fresh, quality ingredients…

…and of course our usual selection of pastured Texas meats, low-pasteurized milk, and much more! 

See you there…

Local This Weekend: Juicy Texas Watermelon, Figs, Arugula and More!

July 5th, 2012

What are you doing today?  We’re gearing up for about 15,000 lbs of Texas watermelon that’s about to be delivered to our door!  Yes, all the co-op style produce shares will be getting a 20-30 lb Texas watermelon this weekend!  Here are more of the local items we’re planning* for your share…

*There are several more items in your share – this is just a list of the local items.  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!

Here are some photos & recipes for you…

Watermelon

Juicy Texas watermelon

Our favorite way to eat watermelon is to simply squeeze fresh lime juice all over it and suck it down.  Here are a few recipe ideas if you’re looking for something different…

Figs

Figs from Gundermann Acres

Figs are high in natural simple sugars, minerals, and fiber. Figs are fairly rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese.

Figs are often recommended to nourish and tone the intestines because they are a very good source of fiber. They are also a good source of potassium, an important consideration in helping to control blood pressure. Figs are among the most highly alkaline foods, making them useful in supporting the proper pH of the body.

You’re probably just going to want to pop these in your mouth and eat them whole…but if you want a recipe, here are a few ideas…

What Is Arugula?

Arugula is a wonderfully “spicy” green that can be eaten the same way you would spinach.  Try throwing it in a pan with sautéed onions and mushrooms. Heat a pan on medium low with olive oil and add sliced or chopped onions.  Sprinkle some sea salt and let it cook low and slow for about 20 minutes.  As it starts to soften and become a slightly brown color, add the sliced mushrooms and then arugula.  Use this as a filling for fajitas, topping on a grass-fed beef or bison burger, or atop of a hot bowl of polenta and raw cheese for a veggie bowl like none other.

Our other favorite way to use arugula is to eat it raw.  Make bite-sized lettuce wraps with them.  Wrap the arugula around eggs and chicken sausage in the morning or try grass-fed beef with raw pepper jack.  Delicious!

Here’s one more arugula recipe for ya…

Okra

So you’ve got lots of local okra to eat…now what?  Here are 5 ways to eat and enjoy it!

Jacky Morrison on the tractor at Morrison Organic Farm

Okra plants at Morrison Organic Farm

Okra fields at Morrison Organic Farm

Thank you for being a part of Urban Acres and supporting Texas farmers and local, organic produce!  We ♥ our farmers, and we ♥ you!

Let the Ingredients Do the Talking…

July 2nd, 2012

Photo: Urban Acres

This vegetarian salad is what Urban Acres is all about! You don’t have to slave away at difficult meals. Keep it simple and let the ingredients do the talking.  With delicious, fresh, local and organic Texas produce, your job is simply to arrange it on a plate.

Here’s what we did…

  • Sliced heirloom tomatoes from Johnson’s Backyard Garden in Austin, each topped with a scoop of slow-cooked black-eyed peas from Morrison Organic Farm in Cleburne.   Garnished them with a little sea salt, pepper and olive oil.
  • Sliced some lemony sorrel from Eden Creek Farm in Blooming Grove and spread it around the plate for a touch of green.
  • Nestled in some sliced fresh figs from Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, each topped with a scoop of goat cheese from Caprino Royale in Waco.
  • Sprinkled some peppers from a backyard garden in Oak Cliff.

And voila!  A simple, local meal for you.  Bon appétit!

Local This Weekend: Texas Figs & Black-Eyed Peas Are Here!

June 28th, 2012

We’ll have 100% local Texas produce this weekend! Here are the local items we’re planning* for this weekend’s co-op style produce shares

*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!

Here are some photos & recipes for you…

Figs

Figs from Gundermann Acres

Figs are high in natural simple sugars, minerals, and fiber. Figs are fairly rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese.

Figs are often recommended to nourish and tone the intestines because they are a very good source of fiber. They are also a good source of potassium, an important consideration in helping to control blood pressure. Figs are among the most highly alkaline foods, making them useful in supporting the proper pH of the body.

You’re probably just going to want to pop these in your mouth and eat them whole…but if you want a recipe, here are a few ideas…

Black-Eyed Peas (Unshelled)

Unshelled black-eyed peas from Morrison Organic Farm

The unique thing is that these peas will come unshelled.  Usually we get them already shelled in a bag, but we thought it would be fun for you to experience the wonderful old-time activity of sittin’ on the porch shellin’ peas!  It’s a wonderful activity to do with family, friends, and even children can help.  You just ain’t Texan if you’ve never shelled a pea.  Read this post on how to shell and eat black-eyed peas – with some great recipe ideas!

Liz harvesting black-eyed peas at Morrison Organic Farm

Okra

So you’ve got lots of local okra to eat…now what?  Here are 5 ways to eat and enjoy it!

Jacky Morrison on the tractor at Morrison Organic Farm

Okra plants at Morrison Organic Farm

Okra fields at Morrison Organic Farm

Thank you for being a part of Urban Acres and supporting Texas farmers and local, organic produce!  We ♥ our farmers, and we ♥ you!

Local This Weekend: Blueberries, Peaches, Tomatoes, Okra & More…

June 21st, 2012

The Texas produce has been unbelievable, and it just keep comin’!  Here are the local items we’re planning* for this weekend’s co-op style produce shares

*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!

Here are some recipes for you…

Texas Blueberries

>> Make sure to read this post on how to keep your berries mold-free and lasting longer!

Texas Peaches

Local peach from Larken Farms in Waxahachie

What Is Sorrel?

Sorrel is a delightful, leafy green with a tart, lemony flavor.  Use the tender, young leaves in salads, and the larger leaves for soups, stews and sauces. Sorrel also complements goat cheese, eggs and poultry.

Rich in vitamin C, sorrel was valued for centuries for its ability to prevent scurvy, a serious, even life-threatening problem when fresh fruits and vegetables were not available. The English physician Culpeper (1826) recommended sorrel “to cool any inflammation and heat of blood,” “to refresh overspent spirits,” “to quench thirst, and to procure an appetite.”  Pretty cool!

Get sorrel recipes here – both raw and cooked.

5 Ways to Eat Local Okra

So you’ve got lots of local okra to eat…now what?  Here are 5 ways to eat and enjoy it!

Thank you for being a part of Urban Acres and supporting Texas farmers and local, organic produce!  We ♥ our farmers, and we ♥ you!