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Posted 7/14/2010 4:43pm by Ralph Mitchell.

One of the "perks" of participating in farmer's markets is that I get a healthy dose of contemplation time on the drives to and from the markets several times a week.  Lately, I've been thinking about my life's purpose and how the dream for Wild Type Ranch arose out of a pledge to myself to live life with integrity. 

Early in life, I had very clear career goals, and most would call a success what I did and where I got to before Ralph and I started the ranch together in 2005.  It seems to me now, a greater success is being able to go through daily life inspired and enthused.  The roots of those words; "in spirit" and "in theos" (or "in God") speak to a way of living where all aspects of life resonate with one's "life purpose".  In other words, integrity.

I've experienced lots of inspiration and enthusiasm lately; spending time with my extended family, a new horse at our house, a pair of locavore/meet the farmer dinners and increasing demand for what we produce.  

My boys often say that they can "taste the love" in the food we eat, when it is grown or prepared ourselves or by someone we know.  I think there is truth in that:  If your food is produced with inspiration and enthusiasm, how can it not taste better?

SATURDAY IS ROUND ROCK MARKET DAY:  We'll be at the Round Rock Farmer's Market this Saturday from 8-noon. The freezers will be completely restocked on Friday, so if we've been sold out of your favorite cut recently, be sure to stop out (or better yet, order ahead and we'll save it for you!)  

LOCAVORE DINNER TO SUPPORT NEW FARMER'S MARKET in SALADO:  Adelea's Farmer's Market, Inc.  is a new farmer's market opening in Salado, promising to "cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food".  Adelea's on Main, is holding a fund-raising locavore dinner Thursday, July 15.  This four-course dinner will be prepared from local ingredients, featuring Wild Type Ranch short ribs in a horseradish sauce and Texas wines.  Seating is limited to 20 people to allow diners to get to know the featured farmers; Wild Type Ranch and Quinton and Jennifer Locklin.  A few seats are still available.  Please call Jennifer Lohse Angell at 254-947-0018 for more information.

CHANGE TO SUN CITY MARKET SCHEDULE:  Our Sun City customers have been some of our most loyal and the Sun City market is always a pleasure to attend.  Sadly, however, our sales there often do not cover the cost of driving the trailer to the market 2-3 times per month.  Beginning this month, we will be appearing at the Sun City market once per month.  We WILL be at the market this coming Tuesday, July 20th and again August 17th. 

SUNDAY IS LIVE OAK DELIVERY DAY:  We will be making a monthly delivery to Live Oak Unitarian Church (3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park) on Sunday after church.  We'll be available for order pickup from 12:15-12:45 in the church parking lot. 

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS: Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  Below is our schedule for the next few weeks:
SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon. NEXT DATE: July 20.
GEORGETOWN (SAN GABRIEL PARK) FARMERS’ MARKET:  300 E. Morrow.  Every Thursday, 3:30-6:30.
ROUND ROCK FARMERS’ MARKET:  Downtown public parking garage.  8-noon, NEXT DATES: July 17, July 31
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATE July 24, August 7.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy.  

Deliveries
:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, August 16. 11:00-11:20 at 12357 Riata Trace Pkwy (Riata Office Complex)  11:30-11:45 at the Arboretum Brick Oven;  (orders only)
Live Oak UU Church: 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park, NEXT DATE Sunday, July 18. 12:05-12:30.
Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Thursdays, by arrangement
Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Thursdays, by arrangement
Tillman Physical Therapy: 2519 S. Lakeline Blvd, Suite 100, Cedar Park, 2nd Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:00; NEXT DATE Monday, August 16 (orders only).
By Arrangement:  At the ranch in Cameron.  Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

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.  Other hours may be available by appointment.

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 6/30/2010 7:47pm by Ralph Mitchell.

We're back in town and ready for the 4th of July weekend  We'll be in Georgetown tomorrow and Round Rock on Saturday.  Bryan College Station customers can catch our special at Village Foods or some great barbecue on Sunday at Village Cafe.

Tonight, we're waiting for some much needed rain from Hurricane Alex.  It's sure hard to grow grass without rain and hard to grow grass-fed beef without grass!  Think wet thoughts for us, please.

OUR HEARTFELT THANKS:  Many thanks to all of you who sent kind words of comfort for the loss of my Mother last week.  We were really touched that so many people reached out to us during the past couple weeks.  What great customers we have!  We also owe a debt of gratitude to our nephew, Bruce, who held down the fort (and kept the garden watered) while we were away.

SATURDAY IS ROUND ROCK MARKET DAY:  We'll be at the Round Rock Farmer's Market this Saturday from 8-noon.  We'll be fully restocked with beef for your 4th of July barbecue! 

VILLAGE FOODS GROUND BEEF SPECIAL:  Although we won't be at the Bryan market this week, You can get our beef at Village Foods in Bryan.  Check out their 4th of July special on our ground beef, now through next Tuesday!  Village Foods does a great job of supporting a number of local producers.  They are my favorite place to shop for groceries! 

4th OF JULY LOCAVORE BARBECUE:  Featuring Wild Type Ranch Brisket.  Village Cafe in Bryan will be cooking brisket and other local foods Sunday afternoon.  We're planning to be there all afternoon for a "meet your farmer" opportunity.  Check out the Village Cafe website for details. 

GRILLING SPECIALS THIS WEEK:  Quarter Pound Hamburger Patties  $4.75/lb,  Extra Lean Ground Beef $4.75/lb.  10-packs of Extra Lean Ground Beef $37.00

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS: Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  Below is our schedule for the next few weeks:
SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon. NEXT DATE: July 20.
GEORGETOWN (SAN GABRIEL PARK) FARMERS’ MARKET:  300 E. Morrow.  Every Thursday, 3:30-6:30.
ROUND ROCK FARMERS’ MARKET:  Downtown public parking garage.  8-noon, NEXT DATES: July 3, July 17
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATE July 10, July 24.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy.  

Deliveries
:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, July 12. 11:00-11:20 at 12357 Riata Trace Pkwy (Riata Office Complex)  11:30-11:45 at the Arboretum Brick Oven;  (orders only)
Live Oak UU Church: 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park, NEXT DATE Sunday, July 11. 12:05-12:30.
Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Thursdays, by arrangement
Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Thursdays, by arrangement
Tillman Physical Therapy: 2519 S. Lakeline Blvd, Suite 100, Cedar Park, 2nd Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:00; NEXT DATE Monday, July 12 (orders only).
By Arrangement:  At the ranch in Cameron.  Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

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.  Other hours may be available by appointment.

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 6/30/2010 7:42pm by Ralph Mitchell.

We're back in town and ready for the 4th of July weekend  We'll be in Georgetown tomorrow and Round Rock on Saturday.  Bryan College Station customers can catch our special at Village Foods or some great barbecue on Sunday at Village Cafe.

Tonight, we're waiting for some much needed rain from Hurricane Alex.  It's sure hard to grow grass without rain and hard to grow grass-fed beef without grass!  Think wet thoughts for us, please.

OUR HEARTFELT THANKS:  Many thanks to all of you who sent kind words of comfort for the loss of my Mother last week.  We were really touched that so many people reached out to us during the past couple weeks.  What great customers we have!  We also owe a debt of gratitude to our nephew, Bruce, who held down the fort (and kept the garden watered) while we were away.

SATURDAY IS ROUND ROCK MARKET DAY:  We'll be at the Round Rock Farmer's Market this Saturday from 8-noon.  We'll be fully restocked with beef for your 4th of July barbecue! 

VILLAGE FOODS GROUND BEEF SPECIAL:  Although we won't be at the Bryan market this week, You can get our beef at Village Foods in Bryan.  Check out their 4th of July special on our ground beef, now through next Tuesday!  Village Foods does a great job of supporting a number of local producers.  They are my favorite place to shop for groceries! 

4th OF JULY LOCAVORE BARBECUE:  Featuring Wild Type Ranch Brisket.  Village Cafe in Bryan will be cooking brisket and other local foods Sunday afternoon.  We're planning to be there all afternoon for a "meet your farmer" opportunity.  Check out the Village Cafe website for details. 

GRILLING SPECIALS THIS WEEK:  Quarter Pound Hamburger Patties  $4.75/lb,  Extra Lean Ground Beef $4.75/lb.  10-packs of Extra Lean Ground Beef $37.00

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS: Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  Below is our schedule for the next few weeks:
SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon. NEXT DATE: July 20.
GEORGETOWN (SAN GABRIEL PARK) FARMERS’ MARKET:  300 E. Morrow.  Every Thursday, 3:30-6:30.
ROUND ROCK FARMERS’ MARKET:  Downtown public parking garage.  8-noon, NEXT DATES: July 3, July 17
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATE July 10, July 24.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy.  

Deliveries
:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, July 12. 11:00-11:20 at 12357 Riata Trace Pkwy (Riata Office Complex)  11:30-11:45 at the Arboretum Brick Oven;  (orders only)
Live Oak UU Church: 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park, NEXT DATE Sunday, July 11. 12:05-12:30.
Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Thursdays, by arrangement
Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Thursdays, by arrangement
Tillman Physical Therapy: 2519 S. Lakeline Blvd, Suite 100, Cedar Park, 2nd Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:00; NEXT DATE Monday, July 12 (orders only).
By Arrangement:  At the ranch in Cameron.  Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

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.  Other hours may be available by appointment.

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 6/22/2010 7:21pm by Ralph Mitchell.

We will not be making our usual Thursday Georgetown Farmer's Market appearance this week.  My Mom, Joyce Aska Faivre, passed away earlier this week and the family will be attending her funeral.  Mom was a wonderful woman, from whom I got my appreciation for nature, way with words and quirky sense of humor.  She passed peacefully, and all seven of her children were able to come see her in her last few days.

It's times like these that make me realize just how much influence we have on our children, and through them, on our world, My parents' values, encouragement and knowledge made it possible for us to do what we do.  I only hope to do as well for my own boys. 

SATURDAY IS BRAZOS MARKET DAY:  We'll be at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market this Saturday from 8-noon.  We'll have beef and eggs (while they last). 

CAP GIVE-AWAY:  While supplies last, we are giving away a cool Wild Type Ranch ball cap with every CSA enrollment or Variety pack order. 

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS: Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  Below is our schedule for the next few weeks:
SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon. NEXT DATE: July 20.
GEORGETOWN (SAN GABRIEL PARK) FARMERS’ MARKET:  300 E. Morrow.  Every Thursday, 3:30-6:30.
ROUND ROCK FARMERS’ MARKET:  Downtown public parking garage.  8-noon, NEXT DATES: June 19, July 3
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATE June 26.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy.  

Deliveries
:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, July 12. 11:00-11:20 at 12357 Riata Trace Pkwy (Riata Office Complex)  11:30-11:45 at the Arboretum Brick Oven;  (orders only)
Live Oak UU Church: 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park, NEXT DATE Sunday, July 11. 12:05-12:30.
Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Thursdays, by arrangement
Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Thursdays, by arrangement
Tillman Physical Therapy: 2519 S. Lakeline Blvd, Suite 100, Cedar Park, 2nd Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:00; NEXT DATE Monday, July 12 (orders only).
By Arrangement:  At the ranch in Cameron.  Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

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.  Other hours may be available by appointment.

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 6/15/2010 2:46pm by Ralph Mitchell.

I'm beginning to feel like we're local celebrities.  Not only are we featured in this month's Edible Austin, we were the subject of the "Our Town" segment of KWTX's Sunday news (click here for clip).  As a mom, my favorite part was the (unrehearsed) bit of an interview that with our eldest son, Eric.

It's nice to see local farmers and producers becoming newsworthy.  All political questions about the necessity regulation and government programs aside, there is no doubt that the most effective way to bring change to the food and agriculture industry is through the individual actions of producers and demands of consumers.   

SPECIAL, LIMITED STOCK:  Based on customer requests, we are stocking a few new and hard-to-find items: 
Beef fat/tallow:  We have a single, 8.5 lb bag of beef fat from the inside of the abdominal wall.  This fat can be rendered for cooking or used in soap making.  $7.50 for the bag.
Kidney, Sweetbreads and Oxtail:  $2.75/lb
Doggie Shank Bones:  6-12 inches, closely trimmed (no significant meat on them).  Great for dogs or a rich source of marrow broth.

SATURDAY IS ROUND ROCK MARKET DAY:  We'll be at the Round Rock Farmer's Market this Saturday from 8-noon.  The market is bursting with vendors this time of year; fresh peaches, beans, tomatoes, bread and much more.

CAP GIVE-AWAY:  While supplies last, we are giving away a cool Wild Type Ranch ball cap with every CSA enrollment or Variety pack purchase. 

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS: Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  Below is our schedule for the next few weeks:
SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon. NEXT DATE: June 22.
GEORGETOWN (SAN GABRIEL PARK) FARMERS’ MARKET:  300 E. Morrow.  Every Thursday, 3:30-6:30.
ROUND ROCK FARMERS’ MARKET:  Downtown public parking garage.  8-noon, NEXT DATES: June 19, July 3
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATE June 26.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy.  

Deliveries
:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, July 12. 11:00-11:20 at 12357 Riata Trace Pkwy (Riata Office Complex)  11:30-11:45 at the Arboretum Brick Oven;  (orders only)
Live Oak UU Church: 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park, NEXT DATE Sunday, July 11. 12:05-12:30.
Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Thursdays, by arrangement
Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Thursdays, by arrangement
Tillman Physical Therapy: 2519 S. Lakeline Blvd, Suite 100, Cedar Park, 2nd Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:00; NEXT DATE Monday, July 12 (orders only).
By Arrangement:  At the ranch in Cameron.  Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

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.  Other hours may be available by appointment.

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 6/9/2010 9:08am by Ralph Mitchell.

We are really pleased to welcome our nephew, Bruce, back for the summer.  Bruce comes to us from New Zealand, and is visiting for three months.  He will be helping at the market and doing research in support of his business degree back home, down under.

We have been blessed to have a steady string of young adults come and stay with us during the past few years.  We've had Ralph's sons, nieces and nephews from Australia and New Zealand come get a taste of Texas ranch life as well as several of my nieces and nephews from up North.  They all learn some valuable life skills (including the value of hard work), have a bit of fun and usually go home with a good tan and an appreciation for good, wholesome food.  In return, they provide mentorship to our two young boys and some wonderful friendships to our whole family.   

The visible product of our ranch is our premium pastured beef and our top-level breeding stock.  From its inception, the more important product of the ranch has been less tangible; the fruits of living life honestly, simply and with integrity.   We are honored to be able to share this with our families and our customers.

SATURDAY IS BRAZOS MARKET DAY:  We'll be at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market this Saturday from 8-noon.  The market is bursting with vendors this time of year; fresh peaches, beans, tomatoes plus crafts.  We have some brand-new tie-dyes too!  Come check out our red-white-and-blue tie-dyes just in time for Independence Day.

LIVE OAK UU CHURCH DELIVERIES ON SUNDAY:  This coming Sunday, June 13th is our monthly delivery to Live Oak church, 3315 El Salido Pkwy in Cedar Park.  If you would like beef on Sunday, please order ahead.  We will try to have eggs and perhaps some Dyer cheese for sale there, too.

MONDAY IS ARBORETUM/RIATA/CEDAR PARK DELIVERY DAY:  Monday, June 14th is our day for delivering to the North Austin (arboretum area) and to Tillman PT in Cedar Park.  Orders for delivery those days need to be in by Sunday mid-day.  We should have eggs available, if ordered before Sunday.

GEORGETOWN MARKET THIS WEEK:   We're at the Georgetown market this week and plan to have a supply of Dyer Dairy cheeses.  We will not be at the Round Rock or Sun City markets in the coming week, so be sure to come out on Thursday to stock up.

BACK IN STOCK THIS WEEK:  We are freshly restocked with half-pound patties and stir-fry beef strips. 

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS: Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  Below is our schedule for the next few weeks:
SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon. NEXT DATE: June 22.
GEORGETOWN (SAN GABRIEL PARK) FARMERS’ MARKET:  300 E. Morrow.  Every Thursday, 3:30-6:30.
ROUND ROCK FARMERS’ MARKET:  Downtown public parking garage.  8-noon, NEXT DATES: June 19, July 3
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATE June 12.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy.  

Deliveries
:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, June 14. 11:00-11:20 at 12357 Riata Trace Pkwy (Riata Office Complex)  11:30-11:45 at the Arboretum Brick Oven;  (orders only)
Live Oak UU Church: 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park, NEXT DATE Sunday, June 13. 12:05-12:30.
Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Thursdays, by arrangement
Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Thursdays, by arrangement
Tillman Physical Therapy: 2519 S. Lakeline Blvd, Suite 100, Cedar Park, 2nd Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:00; NEXT DATE Monday, June 14 (orders only).
By Arrangement:  At the ranch in Cameron.  Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mail sara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

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.  Other hours may be available by appointment.

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 6/2/2010 9:07pm by Ralph Mitchell.

One of the most common questions we get from new customers is "Is your beef grass-fed?"  We are proud to raise our cattle entirely on pasture with a diet that is always primarily grass and hay.  But, we do not fit the USDA definition of "grass-fed".  This is a conscious decision on our part.
The guiding principle behind our management practices at the ranch is a dedication to the welfare of our animals and the quality of our product.  It is a fact of life in our region of Texas that we do not grow lush, green grass year round, year-in and year-out.  We are working hard at the ranch to build our soil and balance our cattle numbers so that we become relatively immune to our increasingly frequent droughts.  
In the meanwhile, we don't feel it is in the best interest of our cattle, or our beef quality, to allow our cattle to lose weight or suffer due to poor quality or insufficient home-raised forage.  Consequently, we sometimes supplement our cattle with alfalfa hay or a minimal amount of feed that contains grain.  Ironically, the "grass-fed" rules allow supplementation with feeds such as cotton seed hulls and beet pulp but not oats and corn, which cattle would seek out and eat naturally if given the chance.  The problem with feeding grain comes when cattle are fed a diet that is primarily high-energy grain (such as corn) which changes the pH and natural flora of the cow's digestive system.  This is not the way our pasture-raised cattle are fed.  
We give our cattle the best quality of life possible and produce a healthy, high-quality product.  
Yes, we have lost an occasional customer because of our philosophy.  It is a small price to pay for the quality of our beef and the welfare of the animals in our care.
 
DYER CHEESE AT THE GEORGETOWN MARKET THIS WEEK:   We're BACK at the Georgetown market this week and plan to have a supply of Dyer Dairy cheeses.  We will not be at the Round Rock market this weekend, so be sure to come out on Thursday to stock up.

ART-STEP IN BRYAN ON FRIDAY NIGHT: 
This Friday night (June 4) from 5-9, be sure to come out to ART-STEP in downtown Bryan.  We'll be in St. Andrew's Church parking lot with the rest of the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market vendors.  This will be our only appearance in the Brazos Valley until June 12th.  Stop by for some Friday night specials and coupons!

SPECIALS THIS WEEK:  This week's specials at the markets include Chuck Roast for $4.00/lb, Rump Roast for $5.25/lb, Liver for $2.00/lb and all soup bones for $2.00/lb.

IN STOCK VALUE CUTS FOR THE GRILL:  We have several choices in value-priced cuts for the grill.  Try our Texas Style Boneless Ribs, Seven Steaks or Short Ribs for a tasty, budget-conscious treat. 

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS: Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  Below is our schedule for the next few weeks:
SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon. NEXT DATE: June 15th.
GEORGETOWN (SAN GABRIEL PARK) FARMERS’ MARKET:  300 E. Morrow.  Every Thursday, 3:30-6:30.
ROUND ROCK FARMERS’ MARKET:  Downtown public parking garage.  8-noon, NEXT DATES: June 19, July 3
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATE June 12.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy.  Special appearance at Art-Step in downtown Bryan, Friday, June 4

Deliveries:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, June 14. 11:00-11:20 at 12357 Riata Trace Pkwy (Riata Office Complex)  11:30-11:45 at the Arboretum Brick Oven;  (orders only)
Live Oak UU Church: 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park, NEXT DATE Sunday, June 13. 12:05-12:30.
Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Thursdays, by arrangement
Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Thursdays, by arrangement
Tillman Physical Therapy: 2519 S. Lakeline Blvd, Suite 100, Cedar Park, 2nd Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:00; NEXT DATE Monday, June 14 (orders only).
By Arrangement:  At the ranch in Cameron.  Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mailsara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

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.  Other hours may be available by appointment.

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:  

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Posted 5/29/2010 9:36pm by Sara.

Wild Type Ranch is featured as the "Edible Endeavor" in the summer 2010 issue of Edible Austin.  

Thanks to Helen Cordes for great writing and to our own Ralph Mitchell for the photos.

Read More:  Down To Earth blog entry on the article and idyllic ranch life

 

Posted 5/26/2010 3:09pm by Ralph Mitchell.

We interupt our regulalry scheduled weekly update from Wild Type Ranch to bring you this news item:  Your local beef lady will not be at Thursday's Georgetown Farmer's Market due to her hearing before the US Senate Ag Committee.  No, we haven't been part of some big beef recall.  Instead, President Obama made good on his promise to include some "regular folks" in his administration and has named me (Sara) to the board of directors of "Farmer Mac".  Farmer Mac is the ag equivalent of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and helps make loans available to rural farmers, ranchers and home owners.  I'm really excited about the opportunity this represents, and heartened that a small rancher/market vendor like me would be chosen as one of five public representatives on the board.

If you want to know more, read the Down To Earth blog on the visit to D.C.

WE WILL NOT BE AT THE GEORGETOWN MARKET THIS WEEK:  Due to the Washington visit, we'll miss the market this week.  You can catch us in Round Rock on Saturday or Sun City on Tuesday

SATURDAY IS ROUND ROCK MARKET DAY:  This Saturday, May 29, we'll be at the Round Rock Farmer's Market from 8-noon.  We'll have several grill-friendly specials for your Memorial Day cookout. 

SUN CITY FIRST TUESDAY COMING UP:  Don't miss out on a nice, cool morning market on Tuesday in Sun City.  We'll be there from 8-noon.

HELP US BY SHARING YOUR OPINION:  Local Harvest is a great resource for finding local food sources.  We get several new customers each year through them.  If you like our beef, please help us out by posting a review on the Local Harvest website under our listing: http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M16339

DOGGIE BONES ARE BACK:  Last month we had a few 8-12 inch whole leg bones for dogs.  We sold out so quickly, that we're going to carry them each month.  These marrow bones are great for dogs, but also make great soup stock.  They are individually packed and sell for $1.50/lb. 

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS: Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  Below is our schedule for the next few weeks:
SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon. NEXT DATE: May 4th.
GEORGETOWN (SAN GABRIEL PARK) FARMERS’ MARKET:  300 E. Morrow.  Every Thursday, 3:30-6:30.
ROUND ROCK FARMERS’ MARKET:  Downtown public parking garage.  8-noon, NEXT DATES: May 1, May 8.
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATE May 15.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy

Deliveries:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, May 10. 11:00-11:20 at 12357 Riata Trace Pkwy (Riata Office Complex)  11:30-11:45 at the Arboretum Brick Oven;  (orders only)
Live Oak UU Church: 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park, NEXT DATE Sunday, June 13. 12:05-12:30.
Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Thursdays, by arrangement
Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Thursdays, by arrangement
Tillman Physical Therapy: 2519 S. Lakeline Blvd, Suite 100, Cedar Park, 2nd Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:00; NEXT DATE Monday, May 10 (orders only).
By Arrangement:  At the ranch in Cameron.  Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mailsara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

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.  Other hours may be available by appointment.

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 5/20/2010 11:28am by Ralph Mitchell.

As promised, here is the next installment on our series about how your beef is produced.  Today, we'll answer some common questions about ground beef.  If there is only one meat item you exclusively purchase from local producers, it should be ground beef.  First off, let me explain the major ways our ground beef is different than what you get in the grocery store:

•  Single Source:  Each batch of our ground beef is from a single animal; no co-mingling of beef from other slaughter house or animals. 
•  Fresh Frozen:  Our ground beef is packaged and frozen the day the beef is cut.  In stores that grind their own beef, ground beef is often made from cuts that have reached their expiration date.  Most other ground beef is made from trimmings gathered from multiple slaughter plants and may be several days old before grinding.
•  Quality Control:  A sample chub from each batch is cooked and drained.  We measure the amount of fat drained and weigh and taste cooked beef.
•  Completely traceable:We know the life history of each chub of ground beef we sell, including the  ID of the animal from which it was source, when it was harvested, how it tasted, etc.
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Now for some Frequently Asked Questions:
What's a "chub pack"?  A "chub pack" is a 1 lb tube-bag of ground beef. 
How long can I keep ground beef?  Because it is not vacuum sealed, our frozen ground beef is best used in 3 months, although it is safe up to 6 months in your freezer.  Once thawed, ground beef should be used in 3 days.
What is the % lean of regular and extra lean ground beef?  Because our ground beef is not produced by adding back a certain amount of fat trimmings (as is typical for grocery store beef), we do not have exact fat/lean percentages.  Our "regular" ground beef will be in the 85-90% lean.  "Extra lean" will usually be 95% or more lean.
What's in your hamburger patties?  Unlike some premade patties in the store which may contain fillers and seasonings, our hamburger patties are made only of our ground beef, with nothing added. 
Want to read more?  Check out our blog post on ground beef.

EXTRA-LEAN GROUND BEEF ON SALE THURSDAY AT GEORGETOWN MARKET:  Today only, we will have extra lean ground beef on sale for the same price as our regular ground beef.

SATURDAY IS BRAZOS MARKET DAY:  This Saturday, May 22, we'll be at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market in Bryan.  Be sure to stop out and get stocked up on beef, 'cause we won't be there again until June 12.

HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT: (at least where our beef is concerned).  Now that summer grilling season is here, we occasionally sell out of our most popular cuts.  If you want to be sure you get your favorite cut of beef at the market, feel free to place an order ahead of time.  We fill orders in the order in which they are received.  You can view our order form on our web page and fax or e-mail us your order. Click here for a direct link to the order form.

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS: Check out the Calendar page of the website for the most up-to-date schedule of markets and deliveries.  Below is our schedule for the next few weeks:
SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon. NEXT DATE: May 4th.
GEORGETOWN (SAN GABRIEL PARK) FARMERS’ MARKET:  300 E. Morrow.  Every Thursday, 3:30-6:30.
ROUND ROCK FARMERS’ MARKET:  Downtown public parking garage.  8-noon, NEXT DATES: May 1, May 8.
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATE May 15.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy

Deliveries:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, May 10. 11:00-11:20 at 12357 Riata Trace Pkwy (Riata Office Complex)  11:30-11:45 at the Arboretum Brick Oven;  (orders only)
Live Oak UU Church: 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park, NEXT DATE Sunday, June 13. 12:05-12:30.
Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Thursdays, by arrangement
Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Thursdays, by arrangement
Tillman Physical Therapy: 2519 S. Lakeline Blvd, Suite 100, Cedar Park, 2nd Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:00; NEXT DATE Monday, May 10 (orders only).
By Arrangement:  At the ranch in Cameron.  Please call 512-826-2218 or e-mailsara@wildtyperanch.com to arrange.

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.  Other hours may be available by appointment.

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