Urban Acres @ IBC – Are you interested?
Hey guys, JT here, I wanted to let you all know about Urban Acres and to find out how many of you and families that you know might be interested in being a part of our little Co-op, as we make IBC our newest Farm Stand.
So What is Urban Acres and why do we think this is so important?
Simply put, the food we put in our bodies matters. Our modern food supply is providing very poor products. But we can choose better, natural options. Urban Acres organizes and delivers the best local, organic produce, and the best local pastured meats, “low pasteurized – non homogenized” milk and healthy grocery items from the Oak Cliff Farm Store out to the IBC Farm Stand. We have partnered with a whole host of local farmers around DFW to get seasonal and unique organic produce, grass fed beef, pastured eggs, pastured chicken and pork, and some amazing salmon straight from a family fisherman in Alaska. The goal of Urban Acres is to enable people to obtain the best local food products so they can take care of themselves and their families as it relates to nutrition and diet.
We are membership based as all Cooperative Organizations are.
Here’s how it works!
As a member, you have availability to both parts of what we offer, the Bi-monthly Produce, and access to shop online for bi-monthly grocery delivery. Or if you choose to, you can shop at the Oak Cliff Farm Store (Currently every Fri. & Sat from 9-7) You can choose to do either one or both. It’s up to you. Bre and I do both. In fact for us, the grass fed, pastured meats, farm eggs, and low pasteurized milk and raw cheeses are probably more important to us. We still love the fruits and veg too.
Bi-Monthly Produce: Every other Saturday, Urban Acres delivers your produce to IBC. You can pick it up between 9:30-12 at IBC. You select to receive either the Half bin (15lbs for $30) or the Full bin (30lbs for $50). On your 2nd and subsequent pickups, just bring back your Produce bin, from the prior pickup and grab a new full bin. Produce is Co-op style, meaning once you start, you are expected to be there every 2 weeks to pickup and pay. If you are unable, you can either send someone, or notify us that you would like us to “donate” your share, but you are still financial responsible. You are always pre-paying for the next produce day, so when you come, you pick up what you payed for 2 weeks earlier, and you pay for the produce that will be coming in 2 weeks. You can stop your produce at any time, but to keep admin costs down, we encourage you only to do that if you must. There is a small fee to get your produce started again.
Volunteering: That’s what I do. Bre works for Urban Acres, but I volunteer some time when I can. We sort produce on Friday afternoons in Oak Cliff and load all the bins into a large refrigerator truck for the night. Plus we fulfill all of the online orders. If you desire to volunteer, email our Volunteer Coordinator Christina.
For Full bin – Annual membership ($50), bin fee for 2 bins ($12) and first produce ($50) – $112
For Half bin – Annual membership ($50), bin fee for 2 bins ($12) and first produce ($30) – $92
What you can do!
If this all sounds like your bag of apples, then please email Bre today and communicate your desire to join and be part of the IBC Farm Stand, or ask any questions so we can provide answers. We would love to have at least 20 families on board to start things, and would love to begin by Saturday May 22nd.
Also, check out the Urban Acres website. It’s a great resource with weekly recipes on how to use some of the variety of produce you’ll see in your bin.
Already, Shannon Miles, Jason Elwell, and other staffers have expressed a desire to join and continue their journey toward better health. It really is a better way to eat. Yes, it’s more work than eating out or buying pre-made lasagnas, but it’s so worth it.
Jon and Bre Taylor
Bre @ Urban Acres
“Your Farm Store in the City”
PS. I’m just an unpaid advocate for Urban Acres, and a contributing writer for recipes on the website.. I’m passionate about what they are doing and I’m passionate about eating and feeding my wife and baby boy a “traditional diet” as much as is possible.