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Because Of You, This Year…

December 28, 2012

Because of you, this year…

We have donated local and organic produce to over 10 different non-profits and ministries that serve those less fortunate in our city.

Photo: Rose Baca // neighborsgo

UA team member Amber (left) and Jason (right) loading donated produce in the car of Sarah Squires (center), executive director of Wesley-Rankin Community Center in East Dallas | Photo: Rose Baca // neighborsgo

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We have helped many local farmers survive another year.

UA team members with the Orths at Eden Creek Farm in Blooming Grove, TX: Steven, Steve Orth, Kristine Orth, Andy, Liz, Samantha

UA team members with the Orths at Eden Creek Farm in Blooming Grove, TX: Steven, Steve Orth, Kristine Orth, Andy, Liz, Samantha

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We have advanced the organic food movement in Texas through sorting and distributing almost 1,000,000 pounds of produce to over 1200 families.

Urban Acres produce sort in action

Urban Acres produce sort in action

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We completed an extreme makeover on our current farm store in Oak Cliff and prepared to move to a new location in early 2013.

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Thank you for a wonderful year!  

Happy 2013,

The Urban Acres team

 

Sputnik-Shaped Kohlrabi

December 27, 2012
Photo credit: simplyrecipes.com

Photo credit: simplyrecipes.com

What are these sputnik-shaped veggies in your co-op style produce share?  KOHLRABI!  It’s local too, from our friends at Gundermann Acres in Wharton County, TX.

Kohlrabi is a member of the cruciferous (cabbage) family and tastes a lot like broccoli stems. The word kohlrabi is actually German for “cabbage turnip” – and that’s exactly what they look like.

How To Prepare Kohlrabi

The skin is slightly tough, so use a peeler or a sharp paring knife.  Slice in matchsticks or ribbons for salad, or slice however you need to for one of the recipes below.  You can also eat the stems, which taste very cabbage-like.

How To Eat Kohlrabi

You can definitely eat kohlrabi raw – peeled, sliced and added to a salad, or just eaten by itself sprinkled with sea salt.  But kohlrabi is also wonderful cooked – here are some recipe ideas:

Photo credit: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Kohlrabi Home Fries // Photo credit: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

We’d love to know what you think of your kohlrabi…

Do Your Kids Run Wild?

December 22, 2012

The latest in Urban Acres swag…100% organic tshirts for the free-range toddler in your life and super-soft organic baby onesies!

Both the tshirts and onesies are:

  • Ethically sourced
  • 100% organic
  • Made by local vendor FreeLisa

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Come down to our store to grab a few – perfect for last-minute Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers.

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It’s Official ~ We’re Moving!

December 20, 2012

You might have seen this sign on Beckley Ave. in Oak Cliff on your way to/from the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge…

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Yup, IT’S OFFICIAL!  Our Urban Acres store is moving to the corner of Beckley & Greenbriar this spring, right by Methodist Hospital.  We’re taking over the old gas station building right next to Mama Connie’s Diner.  Our new place has a covered front area as you can see in the photo which will become a patio.  We also have lots of fun plans for the inside – we’ll keep you posted on progress!

Until then, we’ll still see you every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at our current store at 1301B West Davis!

Local Bounty Just In Time For The Holiday…

December 19, 2012

Our farmers are harvesting – here are all the wonderful local produce items we’re  planning* for this weekend’s co-op style produce shares…there are a few more items in your share; this is just the local ones.  Have a wonderful holiday!

*Please remember that 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, sometimes there are slight variations in the shares that we can’t predict at the time this is posted.  Thanks for your understanding!

Here are some recipe ideas for ya…

Chili Garlic Mustard Greens

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Most often found in Asian grocery stores, the Daikon radish looks like a large, white carrot, though it has the flavor of a radish. It is used as a food herb in Asian herbal medicine. Both the tuber and the seeds are used medicinally.

Its uses are many, treating such problems as cough and asthma, low energy, and yeast infections. Daikon also treats many digestive issues, including nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, and heartburn.

Easy Daikon Salad

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Green Garlic Soup

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Kale, Mushroom, and Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (try with regular potato!)

Image: afarmerinthedell.com

Photo credit: afarmerinthedell.com

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Creamy Kale Salad with Beets

Creamy Kale Salad | Image: wholeliving.com

Photo credit: wholeliving.com

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Arugula Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese

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The Pioneer Woman’s Roasted Carrots

Photo credit: thepioneerwoman.com

Photo credit: thepioneerwoman.com

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Beetza (uses beets and kale)

Photo: afarmerinthedell.com

Photo credit: afarmerinthedell.com

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Straight from the Texas valley, Texas Red Grapefruit are sweet, juicy and tree-ripened, literally stored on the tree to peak of perfection.  The Rio Star grapefruit combines the two reddest varieties – Rio Red and Star Ruby grapefruit. It has an overall blush on the exterior peel with a deep red interior color which is 7 to 10 times redder than the Ruby Red.

Spinach and Grapefruit Salad

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pinterest button Or get lots of recipe ideas on our Pinterest page!

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

Tater Tot the Pig and His Friends Visit Urban Acres

December 15, 2012

Today, we were paid a visit by our farmer friends Steve and Kristine Orth of Eden Creek Farm in Blooming Grove, TX.  And they didn’t come alone – they brought their slew of fuzzy farm animals, like Tater Tot the pig!  We love it when our customers get to meet the farmers face to face.

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Kristine Orth and Tater Tot

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Images from the Holiday Market

December 15, 2012

The Second Annual Holiday Market is in full swing!  We’ve got beautifully crafted items from several local artisans and plenty of food samples.  Come on down between now and 3pm!

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Pam Rogers & Angi Brown and their handmade jewelry – Doubleheart Studio

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Suzanne Countryman and her handmade cards and paper bows

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Alazan Ceramics

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Everyone is in love with the candles, body scrubs and body creams from local artisan, Free Spirit Creations!

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Liz modeling a hand-woven scarf from artisan Andrea Glanzer

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