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Posted 6/14/2011 4:43pm by Ralph Mitchell.
Summer is definitely here!  We're in "siesta mode" at the ranch where we get up just before sunrise to get our outside work done before lunch (and then a well-earned siesta after lunch).  You know it's hot when even the chickens choose to sit under the sprinkler!  The normally shy bluebird was drinking from the chicken's water trough just outside my window as I sat down to write this; that's a sure sign of how dry it is.

Getting together with good friends and good food at a summer barbecue is one of my favorite ways to beat the summer heat.  We've got a number of seasonal cuts in stock for just the occasion, in addition to the traditional steaks, burgers and smoked brisket.  For a lighter summer grill cut, I recommend our loin k-Bobs.  These pre-cut cubes of beef from the heart of the loin and sirloin are ready to thaw, marinate and skewer with fresh peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes and summer squash chunks for a healthy and delicious meal.  We've also got meaty short ribs for smoking and their leaner cousin, Texas Boneless Ribs.  

In addition to our seasonal grill cuts, we've also got ribeye cutlets back in stock.  These are thin-cut, tenderized boneless ribeye steaks which make the tenderest chicken-fried steak ever!  For a small, special roast, we've got several 1.5-2.5 pound tenderloin roasts, a cut usually available only through special order.  With all the fresh produce available at the market, we've also been doing using lots of stir fry strips for quick, light dinners.

Summer Sausage is back in stock:  Our latest batch of summer sausage is finished and ready for sale.  These yummy one pound sticks are made with our beef, and no MSG or added nitrates.  

Tillman deliveries and Georgetown market this Thursday:  This Thursday (June 16) is our monthly delivery to Tillman Physical Therapy in Cedar Park. Orders can be placed up until 8 pm on Wednesday.  We do deliveries in the parking lot, so you don't have to be a Tillman customer to take advantage of this delivery point.

Georgetown Farmer's Market Thursday:  This Thursday is our monthly appearance at the San Gabriel Park farmer's market from 3:30-6:30.  You may pre-order until Wednesday at 8 pm, or just stop by our tent at the market to purchase.  We're stocked up and the market is at its peak for variety and quality!

Brazos Valley Farmer's Market this Saturday: Don't miss this week's market!  Saturday is the annual "Market-to-Menu" event, co-sponsored by go-Texan.  There will be cooking demonstrations using market products and three local authors/gardening experts will be on hand.  

June CSA enrollment special:  We are offering $20 off the June CSA/subscription pack for new monthly or bi-monthly CSA members ($125, normally $145).  Our CSA provides 18-20 pounds of our beef, a dozen eggs and at least one other protein goodie from our farm or those of other local farmers(such as summer sausage, veal, Dyer cheese, pork sausage).  Your $145.00 enrollment fee serves as a refundable deposit, which will be applied to your last pack when you decide to leave the program.  

Father's Day Special good through Tuesday's Sun City Market:  We're running a Father's Day Special through June 19:   Our Steak Sampler is on sale for $80 and for Father's Day and will be packaged in a special Wild Type Ranch insulated tote bag. The steak sampler includes:
1 T-bone
1 Bone-in ribeye
1 Tenderloin
1 NY Strip
1 Sirloin
2 lbs Steakburgers

You can order online or spot purchase at the Georgetown, Sun City or Brazos Markets. 

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

Thursday June 16 Tillman PT Delivery (Lakeline Cedar Park) 1-1:30

Thursday June 16 Georgetown Farmer's Market 3:30-6:30 San Gabriel Park

Saturday, June 18, Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave 

Sunday June 19: Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido, Cedar Park) 12:15-12:45

Tuesday June 21 Sun City Farmer's Market 9-noon (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown) 

Saturday, July 9,  Round Rock Farmer's Market 8-12 (S&W parking lot 300 University Blvd)

Monday July 11; monthly deliveries to Riata and Arboretum (North Austin) 

At Dyer Dairy by arrangement


Pickup is available most times by arrangement at the ranch .Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  

OUR BEEF AT RETAIL:  Check out  the retail outlets that carry a selection of our beef.  If they don’t have what you want, just ask, and we’ll do our best to start stocking it.
  • Village Foods 1760 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, carries our beef in a special freezer for “Natural Beef”, across from the fresh meat case.  Village Foods has been great about working with us and other local suppliers.
  • Dyer Mercantile (7801 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown) carries our beef in the “Wild Type Ranch” freezer.  Regular hours are weekdays (except Wednesday) 10-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 1 pm -6 pm.  
  • Stover Bros. Cafe (Inside Village Foods):  Wild Type Ranch ground beef is the featured beef in Stover's "Village Burger".  Get the best burger in the Brazos Valley, then go buy some beef to take home!

TO ORDER: visit  our website  or e-mail beef@wildtyperanch.com .     

See you at the market!

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex.
Quality cattle, quality beef

2039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

 If you prefer not to receive e-mails from Wild Type Ranch, let us know by sending an e-mail to beef@wildtyperanch.com
 


Posted 6/4/2011 2:47pm by Ralph Mitchell.
Wow! Summer has sure started in earnest here at the ranch.  The 1.8 inches of rain we got in May were welcome, but the heat and wind have the grass still struggling to stay alive.  Our stewardship of the land puts our pastures in less danger than many, but we're still suffering along with most cattle ranchers in our area.  

This morning Ralph and I were up and at 'em at 6 am in order to get the herd gathered and sorted so the cattle destined for beef could be put on our one remaining lush pasture, while the rest of the herd is back to hay.  We were finished by 9:30 this morning, when the temperature was already nearing too hot to move cattle without stress. 

Most of our beautiful ranch looks deserted, as we confine our herd to just one or two smaller pastures, in order to preserve a cover of grass and organic matter to protect the semi-dormant shoots underneath.  While we could gain another couple weeks of grazing if we let the cattle take everything, preserving this cover insulates the grass roots and enables the grass to respond quickly when we do get rain.  Our biggest management goal for the past two years has been in building the carbon (organic) layer on top of our soil.  If you are interested in how pastured livestock can help solve the environmental issues our world faces, I recommend an excellent lecture from 2009 by Alan Savory on the subject: Keeping Cattle: Cause or Cure for Climate Crisis? 

NEW LOCATION FOR ROUND ROCK MARKET:  The Saturday morning Round Rock market has a new location!  Starting this week, the market will be held in the parking lot of the Scott and White hospital at 300 University Blvd.  The nearest intersection is Oakmont and University.  For more information, see the Georgetown Farmer's Market website 

CAPTAIN'S CUT AVAILABLE SOON:  We are proud to announce the upcoming availability of the second Captain's Cut Beef harvest of the year.  Our Captain's Cut meets additional criteria for marbling (near-prime grade), tenderness and palatability, even over and above our usual high standards.  The Captain's Cut is available only a few times per year.  We only sell our Captain's Cut beef by quarters, eighths and 20-pound (heavy on the steaks) packs.  We are taking orders now for an anticipated availability beginning July 1.

VEAL CUTS STILL IN STOCK:  We still have some veal cuts in stock, but they are going fast.  We may have one more veal harvest for late July, then the season will be over for the year.  We have veal rib and loin chops, veal cubes, ground veal, veal shoulder roasts and veal heart in stock.  Order now for June delivery! 

VEAL NOW AVAILABLE AT VILLAGE FOODS:Village Foods has begun stocking our veal on a trial basis.  If you've missed us at the market and would like to get some ground veal (it makes the best meatballs ever!), you can find our veal in the same freezer case as our beef.  If there's something you would like VF to stock, just tell the meat department manager, and we'll do our best.

ONE OPENING FOR MONTHLY/BI-MONTHLY CSA AVAILABLE TO START IN JUNE: Our CSA (subscription) programs continue to be very popular.  Through our monthly, bi-monthly or beef eighth CSAs, you get a significant discount on beef throughout the year.  In addition CSA customers get pre-release notice about veal, Captain's Cut and other specials.  We have one monthly or bi-monthly spot available to start in June.  Please see the subscription page on the website for details.

DON'T FORGET OUR NEW ON-LINE ORDERING: For your convenience and to help us streamline the tracking of orders, we've implemented an on-line ordering system.  The online store can be accessed through the website.  You choose your items, quantities and delivery point.  You will pay at pickup, like usual.  The pdf/exel order form is still available for download, for those who prefer.

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:


Saturday, June 11,  Round Rock Farmer's Market 8-12 (S&W parking lot 300 University Blvd)

Monday June 13; monthly deliveries to Riata and Arboretum (North Austin) 

Thursday June 16 Tillman PT Delivery (Lakeline Cedar Park) 1-1:30

Thursday June 16 Georgetown Farmer's Market 3:30-6:30 San Gabriel Park

Saturday, June 18, Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave 

Sunday June 19: Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido, Cedar Park) 12:15-12:45

Tuesday June 21 Sun City Farmer's Market 9-noon (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown) 

At Dyer Dairy by arrangement


Pickup is available most times by arrangement at the ranch .Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  

OUR BEEF AT RETAIL:  Check out  the retail outlets that carry a selection of our beef.  If they don’t have what you want, just ask, and we’ll do our best to start stocking it.
  • Village Foods 1760 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, carries our beef in a special freezer for “Natural Beef”, across from the fresh meat case.  Village Foods has been great about working with us and other local suppliers.
  • Dyer Mercantile (7801 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown) carries our beef in the “Wild Type Ranch” chest freezer.  Regular hours are weekdays (except Wednesday) 10-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 1 pm -6 pm.  

TO ORDER: visit  our website  or e-mail beef@wildtyperanch.com .     

See you at the market!

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex.
Quality cattle, quality beef

2039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

 If you prefer not to receive e-mails from Wild Type Ranch, let us know by sending an e-mail to beef@wildtyperanch.com
 


Posted 5/18/2011 8:44am by Ralph Mitchell.
At Wild Type Ranch, we take the quality of our product seriously.  We start with the best genetics, feed and handle the cattle to maximize beef quality and then taste-test ground beef and a steak from every animal we harvest.  Because of our confidence in our product, we have an unconditional guarantee:  If you ever are less than satisfied with a purchase from us, we will replace it.

Last week, one of our customers told us that they detected an off-flavor in a package of our ground beef. Beyond replacing their purchase, we re-sampled ground beef from each of the cattle harvested in the last 3 weeks.  Every member of our family taste-tested the beef, and one of us could detect an unusual flavor in one of the samples.  My guess is that this is a flavor from some spring plants, and not everyone can detect it, which is why we didn't catch it in our initial taste-test.  We stand by our guarantee and appreciate feedback from our customers.  If you are ever less than satisfied, please let us know, so we can learn and continue to improve our product.

Tomorrow is Tillman Delivery Day:  Last call for orders for tomorrow's deliveries to Tillman PT in Cedar Park.  We'll be making deliveries from 1-1:30.  We've got lots of eggs and still some veal in stock (sorry, summer sausage is sold out for now).

Georgetown Market Tomorrow:  Tomorrow is our monthly Georgetown, San Gabriel Park market.  Come see us from 3:30-6:30 in the park.

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:
Thursday May 19 Tillman PT Delivery (Lakeline Cedar Park) 1-1:30

Thursday May 19 Georgetown Farmer's Market 3:30-6:30 San Gabriel Park

Saturday, June 18, Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave 

Saturday, June 11,  Round Rock Farmer's Market 8-12

Monday June 13; monthly deliveries to Riata and Arboretum (North Austin) 

Sunday June 19: Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido, Cedar Park) 12:15-12:45

Tuesday June 21 Sun City Farmer's Market 9-noon (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown) 

At Dyer Dairy by arrangement



Pickup is available most times by arrangement at the ranch .Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  

OUR BEEF AT RETAIL:  Check out  the retail outlets that carry a selection of our beef.  If they don’t have what you want, just ask, and we’ll do our best to start stocking it.
  • Village Foods 1760 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, carries our beef in a special freezer for “Natural Beef”, across from the fresh meat case.  Village Foods has been great about working with us and other local suppliers.
  • Dyer Mercantile (7801 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown) carries our beef in the “Wild Type Ranch” chest freezer.  Regular hours are weekdays (except Wednesday) 10-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 1 pm -6 pm.  

TO ORDER: visit  our website  or e-mail beef@wildtyperanch.com .     Click here for a direct link to the order form.

See you at the market!

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex.
Quality cattle, quality beef

2039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

 If you prefer not to receive e-mails from Wild Type Ranch, let us know by sending an e-mail to beef@wildtyperanch.com
 


Posted 5/6/2011 7:14pm by Ralph Mitchell.
There's some cool things happening with our beef business this spring 

First, starting sometime next week, Stover Bros. Cafe inside Village Foods in Bryan will be exclusively using our ground beef for their burgers.  If you haven't tried their burgers previously, you'll be astounded by how good a burger can be.  We applaud their decision to continue the commitment to local sourcing that Village Foods embodies.  

Also new this week, we just got in a stock of insulated, reusable grocery totes (proudly bearing the Wild Type Brand).  We will have these available at the markets for $6.00 each.  Now, you can get our beef home safe and sound, even if you forget your cooler!

Combined with our new on-line ordering and the summer sausage we recently added, the business is really progressing.  Perhaps the best news of all, is that we have new summer help!  Alison, who you may have met when she visited us a couple times last summer, will be working with us through August.  Be sure to come meet her at your next market. 

NEW ON-LINE ORDERING:  We've got the new online ordering system up and working on our website (http://www.wildtyperanch.com/store).  You can choose the number of packages of each of our products to put into your cart (now including veal).  At check-out, you can choose the delivery or market site.  We'll get an e-mail about your order and will send you an invoice once we get it packed up.  

SUMMER SAUSAGE SITLL IN STOCK Our own all-natural (no added nitrates or MSG) summer sausage made from our own beef has been a big hit! We've sold about 75% of our first batch, but have plans to have another made next month.  Meanwhile, you can get it at the farmer's markets, at Dyer Dairy Mercantile or through our order form, while supplies last.

SPRING VEAL HARVEST:  Veal is in stock as of this afternoon! Our veal is pasture-raised, European style "rose veal", meaning it has a pinker color and more flavor than the anemic veal one typically finds in this country..  It is raised humanely naturally, at the side of it's dam and has had a diet consisting exclusively of milk and grass.  It is exceptionally tender, with a delicate, sweet taste.  Supplies are limited, so don't wait to order! 

SUN CITY MARKETS THIS COMING WEEK:  We will make our monthly appearance at Sun City next Tuesday from 9 to noon at the Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Avenue).  We'll also be at the Saturday Round Rock market May 14 (8-noon) and the Thursday Georgetown market May 19 from 3:30-6:30 in San Gabriel Park (300 E. Morrow).  Check the calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule

MONDAY IS RIATA AND ARBORETUM DELIVERY DAY:  We'll be delivering orders (no on-the-spot-sales) a the Riata Bar and Grill (12221 Riata Trace Pwky, Austin) from 10:45-11:00 on Monday and at the Jolleyville Brick Oven in the Arboretum HEB shopping center from 11:30-11:45.  We can deliver eggs, beef, veal and summer sausage.

LIVE OAK CHURCH DELIVERIES ON SUNDAY:  This Sunday is our monthly delivery to Live Oa UU Church (3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park).  We'll be in the parking lot after church for beef and veal order pickup.  I will have extra eggs, summer sausage and Dyer Dairy cheese available for spot sales, too.

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:
Tuesday April 19 Sun City Farmer's Market 9-noon (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown)

Sunday May 8: Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido, Cedar Park) 12:15-12:45

Monday May 9; monthly deliveries to Riata and Arboretum (North Austin) 

Tuesday, May 10, Sun City Farmer's Market 9-noon (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown) 

Saturday, May 14,  Round Rock Farmer's Market 8-12

Thursday May 19 Tillman PT Delivery (Lakeline Cedar Park) 1-1:30

Thursday May 19 Georgetown Farmer's Market 3:30-6:30 San Gabriel Park

Saturday, May 21, Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave 

 

At Dyer Dairy by arrangement



Pickup is available most times by arrangement at the ranch .Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  

OUR BEEF AT RETAIL:  Check out  the retail outlets that carry a selection of our beef.  If they don’t have what you want, just ask, and we’ll do our best to start stocking it.
  • Village Foods 1760 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, carries our beef in a special freezer for “Natural Beef”, across from the fresh meat case.  Village Foods has been great about working with us and other local suppliers.
  • Dyer Mercantile (7801 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown) carries our beef in the “Wild Type Ranch” chest freezer.  Regular hours are weekdays (except Wednesday) 10-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 1 pm -6 pm.  

TO ORDER: visit  our website  or e-mail beef@wildtyperanch.com .     Click here for a direct link to the order form.

See you at the market!

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex.
Quality cattle, quality beef

2039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

 If you prefer not to receive e-mails from Wild Type Ranch, let us know by sending an e-mail to beef@wildtyperanch.com
 


Posted 4/18/2011 10:29am by Ralph Mitchell.
Boy, do we have a busy market week coming up!  Good thing we just filled the freezer trailer full of freshly harvested beef.  In the upcoming week, we'll be at the Sun City, Georgetown and Brazos Farmer's Markets, plus deliveries to Tillman PT in Cedar Park.  

This is a great time of the year for Farmer's Markets.  It is fun to see the range of produce and products available at each market expanding every year.  I think it speaks well of our communities that our markets are not only surviving, but thriving and growing.  Thanks to you all!

NEW ON-LINE ORDERING:  We've got a Beta-test version of a new online ordering system up and working on our website.  There is a new pull-down menu for on-line ordering by category (packs, steaks, etc.).  You can choose the number of packages of each of our products to put into your cart.  At check-out, you can choose the delivery or market site.  We'll get an e-mail about your order and will send you an invoice once we get it packed up.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.

WILD TYPE RANCH SUMMER SAUSAGE IS HERE! We are proud to stock our own all-natural (no added nitrates or MSG) summer sausage made from our own beef. One pound sticks will sell for $8.50 each.  It will be available at the markets with any other order.

WE'VE GOT OUR EGG LICENSE:  We are now "legal" to sell eggs in Williamson County.  We'll have our farm-fresh pastured eggs available at all the markets we attend.

SPRING VEAL HARVEST:  We will be harvesting our first veal of the year soon.  Veal should be ready beginning May 9th and is very limited in quantity.  Our veal is a European style "rose veal", meaning it has a pinker color and more flavor than the anemic veal one typically finds in this country..  It is raised humanely naturally, at the side of it's dam and has had a diet consisting exclusively of milk and grass.  It is exceptionally tender, with a delicate, sweet taste.  See our order form for prices. Supplies are limited, so don't wait to order! 

SUN CITY AND GEORGETOWN MARKETS THIS WEEK:  We will make our first monthly appearance at Sun City this week; tomorrowApril 19 from 9 to noon at the Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Avenue).  We'll also be at the Thursday Georgetown market April 21 from 3:30-6:30 in San Gabriel Park (300 E. Morrow).  Check the calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule

NEW DELIVERY DAY FOR TILLMAN PT:  Starting this month, we will be delivering to Tillman PT on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  That mean THIS THURSDAY, from 1:00-1:30.  This change in schedule allows us to deliver beef out of our freezer trailer, meaning better quality and food safety for our Tillman customers. Check the calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule

BRAZOS VALLEY MARKET DAY IS SATURDAY:  We'll be at the Brazos Valley Market on Saturday, April 23rd.  Be sure to come see us and see what surprises the Friends of the Market may have in store!

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:
Tuesday April 19 Sun City Farmer's Market 9-noon (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown)

Thursday April 21 Tillman PT Delivery (Lakeline Cedar Park) 1-1:30

Thursday April 21 Georgetown Farmer's Market 3:30-6:30 San Gabriel Park

Saturday, April 23, Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave

Sunday May 8: Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido, Cedar Park) 12:15-12:45

Monday May 9; monthly deliveries to Riata and Arboretum (North Austin) 

Tuesday, May 10, Sun City Farmer's Market 9-noon (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown) 

Saturday, May 14,  Round Rock Farmer's Market 8-12

At Dyer Dairy by arrangement



Pickup is available most times by arrangement at the ranch .Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  

OUR BEEF AT RETAIL: 
 Check out  the retail outlets that carry a selection of our beef.  If they don’t have what you want, just ask, and we’ll do our best to start stocking it.
  • Village Foods 1760 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, carries our beef in a special freezer for “Natural Beef”, across from the fresh meat case.  Village Foods has been great about working with us and other local suppliers.
  • Dyer Mercantile (7801 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown) carries our beef in the “Wild Type Ranch” chest freezer.  Regular hours are weekdays (except Wednesday) 10-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 1 pm -6 pm.  

TO ORDER: visit  our website  or e-mail beef@wildtyperanch.com .     Click here for a direct link to the order form.

See you at the market!

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex.
Quality cattle, quality beef

2039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

 If you prefer not to receive e-mails from Wild Type Ranch, let us know by sending an e-mail to beef@wildtyperanch.com
 


Posted 4/1/2011 8:21pm by Ralph Mitchell.
Despite a worsening drought, spring perseveres and the ranch is greening, blooming and growing.  Our hens are laying record numbers of eggs, there are bluebonnets and evening primrose lining the roadsides and we finally have enough new growth to turn the cows out into deep lush pasture.

When animals are raised in a more natural environment, they respond to nature's cues.  Each spring, we turn the cows out into the strip of pasture bordering Walker's Creek.  Because we don't use chemical weed control, the creek is a smorgasbord of of nutrition (what most people consider weeds).  Later in the summer, the cows won't touch those plants, but after a winter of a mostly hay diet, they preferentially devour all sorts of non-grass species.  It's their spring tonic, and boy, does it make a difference!  After only four days, they all look like they've gained 50 pounds, their coats are beginning to shine and the number of flies has decreased significantly.  Last year, we did a blind taste-test of beef harvested before the spring turn-out compared to beef harvested after only 3 weeks on spring greens.  Everyone at the table could taste the difference!

In other ranch news, we have finished our spring calving season.  This year's calves look better than any we've had, so we have high hopes of good things to come.  On the product side, we are proud to announce the availability of our very own all-natural summer sausage.  We are also preparing to harvest the first veal of the year.  See below for details on both.  

WILD TYPE RANCH SUMMER SAUSAGE IS HERE!  Starting with Sunday's deliveries at Live Oak Church, we will be selling 1-lb packages of all-natural (no added nitrates or MSG) summer sausage made from our own beef. One pound sticks will sell for $8.50 each.  

SPRING VEAL HARVEST:  We will be harvesting our first veal of the year soon.  Veal should be ready beginning May 9th and is very limited in quantity.  Our veal is a European style "rose veal", meaning it has a pinker color and more flavor than the anemic veal one typically finds in this country..  It is raised humanely naturally, at the side of it's dam and has had a diet consisting exclusively of milk and grass.  It is exceptionally tender, with a delicate, sweet taste.  See our order form for prices. Supplies are limited, so don't wait to order! 

SUNDAY DELIVERIES AT LIVE OAK CHURCH, CEDAR PARK:  We'll be making deliveries of beef,eggs and summer sausage! orders Sunday at Live Oak UU church, 3315 El Salido Pkwy.  We'll be out in the parking lot about 12:15.  For beef, please order ahead.  I should have some extra eggs and summer sausage for spot sales.

ROUND ROCK , SUN CITY AND GEORGETOWN MARKETS START THIS MONTH:  Starting this month, we will be at each of the Georgetown Farmer's Market Association markets once per month.  We'll kick off the season April 9 at the Round Rock market, be at Sun City April 19 and the Thursday Georgetown market April 21.  Check the calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule

NEW DELIVERY DAY FOR TILLMAN PT:  Starting this month, we will be delivering to Tillman PT on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  This change in schedule allows us to deliver beef out of our freezer trailer, meaning better quality and food safety for our Tillman customers. Check the calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

Sunday April 3: Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido, Cedar Park) 12:15-12:45

Saturday, April 9 Round Rock Farmer's Market 8-12

Monday April 11; monthly deliveries to Riata and Arboretum (North Austin)

Tuesday April 12; special farmer's market at Scott and White Round Rock 10:30-1:30

Tuesday April 19 Sun City Farmer's Market 9-noon (Georgetown)

Thursday April 21 Tillman PT Delivery (Lakeline Cedar Park) 1-1:30

      April 21 Georgetown Farmer's Market 3:30-6:30 San Gabriel Park

Saturday, April 23, Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave

Thursdays at Dyer Dairy by arrangement



Pickup is available most times by arrangement at the ranch .Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  

OUR BEEF AT RETAIL: 
 Check out  the retail outlets that carry a selection of our beef.  If they don’t have what you want, just ask, and we’ll do our best to start stocking it.
  • Village Foods 1760 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, carries our beef in a special freezer for “Natural Beef”, across from the fresh meat case.  Village Foods has been great about working with us and other local suppliers.
  • Dyer Mercantile (7801 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown) carries our beef in the “Wild Type Ranch” chest freezer.  Regular hours are weekdays (except Wednesday) 10-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 1 pm -6 pm.  

TO ORDER: visit  our website  or e-mail beef@wildtyperanch.com .     Click here for a direct link to the order form.

See you at the market!

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex.
Quality cattle, quality beef

2039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

 If you prefer not to receive e-mails from Wild Type Ranch, let us know by sending an e-mail to beef@wildtyperanch.com
 


Posted 3/5/2011 7:37pm by Ralph Mitchell.
I've had the opportunity in the past month to make several presentations on the business of raising beef.  Talking with organic and traditional producers and food service professionals has led me to think a lot about our operation.  Not only in the realm of how-to, but also why.

I had to smile when one producer asked me "how did you learn so much about cows"?  I told him it was the most expensive education I've ever had.  Despite having a Ph.D. in Genetics and being a former professor of Animal Science, I've paid the tuition for my practical education through mistakes on our own ranch.  The most valuable things I've learned have little to do with either end of a cow, but with doing business consciously, in harmony with the internal and external world.

One of the "take home" messages I stress in my business talks is for people to "Know why you do what you do".  Wild Type Ranch was conceived one night when I awoke at 3 am and pledged to live the rest of my life in integrity.  From day one, our founding principle was "respect for all life".  That phrase encompasses the animals, the people, the soil and the environment touched by our ranch.  The operational principal for our production methods is: "Our daily management decisions are driven by animal welfare, product quality and environmental impact".  A lot of it comes down to balance.  We're not yet organic, nor 100% grass-fed because sometimes one of the above would be compromised just for the sake of adhering to a label.  As our soil and whole production system evolve, so does our management. 

Similarly, as the business has taken off, we've had to evaluate our commitment to our children and other parts of our life.  We're selling all the beef we can handle as a two-person operation.  This summer, we will be without the help of the young people who have so capably worked with us over the past two summers.  In the interest of balance, adherence to our values and preservation of quality, we have decided to streamline our market attendance.  We will still be at the usual markets, but only once per month.  This gives me time to spend with my boys, and to work on the house we are finally building out at the ranch!  I'll be updating the calendar on the web site tonight and will keep it up to date all summer. The March schedule is at the end of the newsletter.

BRAZOS VALLEY MARKET MARCH 19:  We'll be back at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market Saturday, March 19 from 8-noon. We'll have lots of eggs and plenty of beef!  If all goes as planned, I'll even have some new tie-dyes for sale then, too!

ROUND ROCK AND GEORGETOWN DELIVERIES THIS THURSDAY:  Orders and CSAs for March will be delivered to Round Rock and Georgetown next Thursday, March 10.  Please have orders in as early as possible, but no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, March 9.  NOTE: Round Rock deliveries will be made in the parking garage at 200 E Bagdad.  Apologies for the difficulties with parking and deliveries in Round Rock last month!

MARKET SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER SEASON:  The Georgetown and Round Rock market season opens April 2.  We'll be at each market once per month starting in April.  In general, we'll be at the Georgetown San Gabriel market the 3rd Thursday.  The Round Rock Market will be the 2nd Saturday and we'll be at Sun City the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of each month.  We will continue to be in Brazos on the 3rd Saturday of the month.  Check the calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

March 10th Thursday:  Dyer Mercantile (7801 Hwy 29 E, Georgetown) 11:00-11:30
           Round Rock Main Street Downtown in the parking garage 12-1
                             San Gabriel Park –regular market location 4:30-5:30
March 13th Sunday      Live Oak Unitarian Church 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park 12:00-12:30
March 14th Monday:    Riata Bar & Grill, 12221 Riata Trace Pkwy, Austin 10:45-11:00
                             Jolleyville Brick Oven (next to HEB) 11:30-11:45)
                             Tillman Physical Therapy 2519 S Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park 1:30-2:00 
March19th Saturday    Bryan Farmer’s Market 8-12


Pickup is available most times by arrangement at the ranch .Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  

OUR BEEF AT RETAIL: 
 Check out  the retail outlets that carry a selection of our beef.  If they don’t have what you want, just ask, and we’ll do our best to start stocking it.
  • Village Foods 1760 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, carries our beef in a special freezer for “Natural Beef”, across from the fresh meat case.  Village Foods has been great about working with us and other local suppliers.
  • Dyer Mercantile (7801 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown) carries our beef in the “Wild Type Ranch” chest freezer.  Regular hours are weekdays (except Wednesday) 10-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 1 pm -6 pm.  

TO ORDER: visit  our website  or e-mail beef@wildtyperanch.com .     Click here for a direct link to the order form.

See you at the market!

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex.
Quality cattle, quality beef

2039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

 If you prefer not to receive e-mails from Wild Type Ranch, let us know by sending an e-mail to beef@wildtyperanch.com
 


Posted 2/4/2011 5:09pm by Ralph Mitchell.

We finally have our February figured out!  The calendar on the web site is up-to-date, and we've got our days set for the Brazos Market and our monthly delivery points.  The schedule is at the end of the newsletter.

BRAZOS VALLEY MARKET FEBRUARY 19:  We'll be back at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market Saturday, February 19 from 8-noon. We'll have eggs and plenty of beef!  We will be only be at the market once a month markets in February to May, so be sure to come see us on the 19th!

LAST CALL FOR OUR SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM SPECIAL:  We are still offering a special on new enrollments to one of our subscription programs.  Sign up and you'll be first in line for our beef each month and get it near the cost of buying an entire half.  We have monthly or bi-monthly programs which give you an 18-lb variety of beef, plus other local protein products, such as eggs, Dyer Dairy cheese, jerky, summer sausage or pork.  We also have an 1/8th beef program through which you receive the whole range of cuts 4 or more times per year on a schedule you dictate.  Check out our website for more details.  SPECIAL:  If you sign up for a CSA by February 7, you'll get 10% off the price of your first pack.  

ROUND ROCK AND GEORGETOWN DELIVERIES NEXT THURSDAY:  
Orders and CSAs for February will be delivered to Round Rock and Georgetown next Thursday, February 10.  Please have orders in as early as possible, but no later than 8 pm on Wednesday, February 9.

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

Feb 10th Thursday:  Dyer Mercantile (7801 Hwy 29 E, Georgetown) 11:00-11:30
           Round Rock Main Street Downtown (outside Friar Tuck’s Coffee House) 12-1
                             San Gabriel Park –regular market location 4:30-5:30
Feb 13th Sunday      Live Oak Unitarian Church 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park 12:00-12:30
Feb 14th Monday:    Riata Office Park (Riata Bar & Grill, 12221 Riata Trace Pkwy, Austin) 10:45-11:00
                             Jolleyville Brick Oven (next to HEB) 11:30-11:45)
                             Tillman Physical Therapy 2519 S Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park 1:30-2:00 
Feb 19th Saturday    Bryan Farmer’s Market 8-12


Pickup is available most times by arrangement at the ranch .Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  

OUR BEEF AT RETAIL: 
 Check out  the retail outlets that carry a selection of our beef.  If they don’t have what you want, just ask, and we’ll do our best to start stocking it.
  • Village Foods 1760 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, carries our beef in a special freezer for “Natural Beef”, across from the fresh meat case.  Village Foods has been great about working with us and other local suppliers.
  • Dyer Mercantile (7801 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown) carries our beef in the “Wild Type Ranch” chest freezer.  Regular hours are weekdays (except Wednesday) 10-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 1 pm -6 pm.  

TO ORDER: visit  our website  or e-mail beef@wildtyperanch.com .     Click here for a direct link to the order form.

See you at the market!

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex.
Quality cattle, quality beef

2039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

 If you prefer not to receive e-mails from Wild Type Ranch, let us know by sending an e-mail to beef@wildtyperanch.com
 


Posted 1/20/2011 9:56am by Ralph Mitchell.

One of my favorite parts of raising cattle is naming.  Every animal born on our property gets a name, even if we know at birth that its destiny is beef

This year, we have two main groups of names.  The first group are all calves that are sired by a Devon bull out of New Zealand.  All of his calves have names that are places in New Zealand or Australia. I'm holding out for the one we name "waikikamukau" (pronounced Why-kick-a-moo-cow), which is a small town in New Zealand.

The second group of calves are sired by Red Angus or Black Angus bulls.  In 2011, these will have names from one of the Billboard top 100 from 1967.  Georgy Girl was our first calf of the year. What was your favorite song from that year?

Naming each animal makes each one an individual, rather than a commodity.  By name, I can usually recall a picture of each animal and its characteristics.  When we harvest, the names help me to be grateful to the creatures that provide our livelihood, as well as good food for our family and our customers' families.   


[This is condensed from my DownToEarthBlog; feel free to check out the original post!]

BACK IN THE SADDLE IN BRAZOS VALLEY THIS WEEKEND:  Our permit issues are resolved!  We'll be back at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market this Saturday from 8-noon.  Our freezers are full, and we'll even have some eggs to sell!  We will be only be doing once a month markets in January, February and March, so please be sure to come see us this weekend!

COMING SOON!  Something must be shaking loose in regulatory-land, because we just heard that we've crossed a major hurdle in getting approval to produce and sell summer sausage from our beef.  With luck, we will have it available regularly, starting in March.  We are also planning to have our first veal of the year in late March or early April.

SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM SPECIAL STILL AVAILABLE:  We are still offering a special on new enrollments to one of our subscription programs.  Sign up and you'll be first in line for our beef each month and get it near the cost of buying an entire half.  We have monthly or bi-monthly programs which give you an 18-lb variety of beef, plus other local protein products, such as eggs, Dyer Dairy cheese, jerky, summer sausage or pork.  We also have an 1/8th beef program through which you receive the whole range of cuts 4 or more times per year on a schedule you dictate.  Check out our website for more details.  SPECIAL:  If you sign up for a CSA by February 6, you'll get 10% off the price of your first pack.  

TEXAS CONFERENCE ON ORGANIC PRODUCTION SYSTEMS CONFERENCE COMING UP:  The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association annual conference is January 28-30 at the Killeen Civic Center.  There are some great speakers this year.  In addition I'll be making a couple presentations on beef production and marketing.  Hope to see some of you there!

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

Jan 22nd Saturday    Bryan Farmer’s Market 8-12
Jan 20th, 27th Thursday:    Dyer Dairy 12:30-1:00
Feb 10th Thursday:  Round Rock Main Street Downtown (outside Friar Tuck’s Coffee House) 12-1
                             Dyer Mercantile (7801 Hwy 29 E, Georgetown) 1:30-2:30
                             San Gabriel Park –regular market location 4:30-5:30
Feb 13th Sunday      Live Oak Unitarian Church 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park 12:00-12:30
Feb 14th Monday:    Riata Office Park (Riata Bar and Grill, 12221 Riata Trace Parkway, Austin) 10:45-11:00
                             Jolleyville Brick Oven (next to HEB) 11:30-11:45)
                             Tillman Physical Therapy 2519 S Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park 1:30-2:00 
Feb 26th Saturday    Bryan Farmer’s Market 8-12

Pickup is available most times by arrangement at the ranch .Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  

OUR BEEF AT RETAIL: 
 Check out  the retail outlets that carry a selection of our beef.  If they don’t have what you want, just ask, and we’ll do our best to start stocking it.

  • Village Foods 1760 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, carries our beef in a special freezer for “Natural Beef”, across from the fresh meat case.  Village Foods has been great about working with us and other local suppliers.
  • Dyer Mercantile (7801 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown) carries our beef in the “Wild Type Ranch” chest freezer.  Regular hours are weekdays (except Wednesday) 10-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 1 pm -6 pm.  

TO ORDER: visit  our website  or e-mail beef@wildtyperanch.com .     Click here for a direct link to the order form.

See you at the market!

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex.
Quality cattle, quality beef

2039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

 If you prefer not to receive e-mails from Wild Type Ranch, let us know by sending an e-mail to beef@wildtyperanch.com
 


Posted 1/4/2011 9:48am by Ralph Mitchell.
The New Year is off and running!  We've been enjoying a break from markets and deliveries and the extra time with our family (and the cows).  We hope everyone had a great set of holidays.  Ours included a litter of 9 Blue Heeler puppies, given to us by our top-hand cow dog, Tess.  Stay tuned on our Wild Type Ranch Facebook page for puppy pictures as they grow.

Winter gives us some very important time to reorganize, take stock and make plans for the coming year.  Working as close to nature as we do, I've found I am much more productive through the course of the year when I go with nature's cycles.  

That said, we are coming up on a busy couple of weeks, as we get ready for our monthly deliveries in Travis and Williamson Counties and a return to the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market after a few weeks off.  You can order for delivery up to the evening before the delivery day (although more lead time is better).  No orders are necessary for the market days, but are recommended to ensure you get the cuts you want.  Don't forget you can also order eggs, and we will reserve them for you to the best of our hens' abilities.

JANUARY SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM SPECIAL:  What a better way to embrace your New Year's Resolutions to eat healthier or support local businesses than through one of our subscription programs?  You'll be first in line for our beef each month and get it near the cost of buying an entire half.  We have monthly or bi-monthly programs which give you an 18-lb variety of beef, plus other local protein products, such as eggs, Dyer Dairy cheese, jerky, summer sausage or pork.  We also have an 1/8th beef program through which you receive the whole range of cuts 4 or more times per year on a schedule you dictate.  Check out our website for more details.  SPECIAL:  If you sign up for January or February start date on your subscription, get 10% off the price of your first pack.  January packs orders need to be in by 10 AM, Wednesday (TOMORROW) Jan 5.  

NEXT MONDAY IS CEDAR PARK AND NORTH AUSTIN/ARBORETUM DELIVERY DAY:  Jan 10th is our monthly delivery day to Riata, the Arboretum and Tillman PT in Cedar Park (Lakeline).  Orders need to be in by Sunday evening to make this month's delivery. See below for specific times and places.

ROUND ROCK AND GEORGETOWN DELIVERIES THURSDAY, JAN 13TH:  Our delivery route to Round Rock and Georgetown is coming up, Thursday, January 13th. See below for specific times and places. Orders for Jan 13th need to be in by Weds, Jan 12th.

BRAZOS MARKET JAN 15TH
:  We'll be back at the Brazos market on January 15th.  We've got full freezers, so be sure to come out and stock up.  Meanwhile, we've been keeping the freezer at Village Foods stocked up, so you can get many of our cuts of beef there any time. 

CEDAR PARK LIVE OAK CHURCH DELIVERY DAY IS SUNDAY, JAN 16TH:  We'll be in the parking lot after church to make deliveries.  

OUR JANUARY MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:
Jan 6th Thursday:    Dyer Dairy 12:30-1:00
Jan 10th Monday:    Riata Office Park (Riata Bar and Grill, 12221 Riata Trace Parkway, Austin) 10:45-11:00
                             Jolleyville Brick Oven (next to HEB) 11:30-11:45)
                             Tillman Physical Therapy 2519 S Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park 1:30-2:00
Jan 13th Thursday:  Round Rock Main Street Downtown (outside Friar Tuck’s Coffee House) 12-1
                             Dyer Mercantile (7801 Hwy 29 E, Georgetown) 1:30-2:30
                             San Gabriel Park –regular market location 4:30-5:30
Jan 15th Saturday    Bryan Farmer’s Market 8-12
Jan 16th Sunday      Live Oak Unitarian Church 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park 12:00-12:30
Pickup is available most times by arrangement at the ranch .Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  

OUR BEEF AT RETAIL: 
 Check out  the retail outlets that carry a selection of our beef.  If they don’t have what you want, just ask, and we’ll do our best to start stocking it.

  • Village Foods 1760 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, carries our beef in a special freezer for “Natural Beef”, across from the fresh meat case.  Village Foods has been great about working with us and other local suppliers.
  • Dyer Mercantile (7801 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown) carries our beef in the “Wild Type Ranch” chest freezer.  Regular hours are weekdays (except Wednesday) 10-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 1 pm -6 pm.  

TO ORDER: visit  our website  or e-mail beef@wildtyperanch.com .     Click here for a direct link to the order form.

See you at the market!

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex.
Quality cattle, quality beef

2039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

 If you prefer not to receive e-mails from Wild Type Ranch, let us know by sending an e-mail to beef@wildtyperanch.com