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Posted 3/16/2010 4:49pm by Ralph Mitchell.

As I write this, we're at the tail end of a long, gentle rain following a beautiful week of warm spring weather.  We've turned the cows out onto fresh grass.  All but one of our cows have calved.  The calves are hopping around like a pasture full of red and black popcorn.  I even saw the first bluebonnets peeking through on the way to Sunday's deliveries.  This time of year, especially, I wouldn't trade my 80-hour work week at the ranch for a 40-hour week anywhere else.

SATURDAY IS BRAZOS MARKET DAY:  We will again be at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market this Saturday, March 20th, but will not be there the following weekend (March 27th).  We sold so much tie-dye at last week's market that we will not be selling tie-dye this week.  We hope to have some time to make more before our April 3rd market day, however.  The best news is that we will be fully re-stocked with beef for this weekend.

NOTICE OF PRICE ADJUSTMENTS:  As of April 1, we will be using a new order form.  Prices of a few items have gone up slightly, but prices for our packs, subscriptions, eighths, quarters and halves have not changed.  We will continue to offer a 50 cents/pound discount on combined orders of five pounds or more of any ground product (ground beef, chili, patties and ground veal).  To ease the transition, we will honor our current prices on any order placed by April 1 for delivery by May 15th.  

GEORGETOWN FARMERS' MARKET SEASON IS APPROACHING:  The Georgetown Farmer's Market season opens Thursday April 1, with the downtown Georgetown market in San Gabriel park from 3:30-6:30.  This season, we will be at the Thursday market most every week, and will be alternating weeks at the Sun City Tuesday morning market and Round Rock Saturday market.  Check the calendar page of our website for exact schedule and updates.

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS: I’ll do my best to keep everyone updated on our schedule through e-mails and the Calendar page of the website.  Below is our updated schedule for the coming weeks.

SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon.  April 6, April 20th.
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, Saturdays April 10, May 1.
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATES March 20, April 3, April 24th .  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy

Deliveries:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, April 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, April 11. 12:05-12:30.
Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Tuesdays by arrangement
Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Tuesdays, 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, April 12 (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 4:30-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 10 am -6 pm.  Other hours may be available by appointment.
  • Village Café 210 W 6th St, downtown Bryan is now featuring our beef on some of their menu items. 

TO ORDER: visit  www.wildtyperanch.com.beef  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 3/16/2010 3:48pm by Ralph Mitchell.

Now that spring is fully upon us and the produce is really starting to come in, many folks are beginning to think about finding or joining a CSA.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is basically a way of sharing in the farmer's production year.   The basic idea is that one enrolls or purchases a share in the production of a farm for a year or a season.  In return, you are first in line for the production, but you also share in the risk of crop failures and the ups and downs of the season.  CSAs aren't for everyone.  Typically you pay an enrollment fee and then receive either a weekly (in the case of produce) or monthly box of products.

We run one of the few meat CSAs in our area of the country.  Our CSAs enable our customers to get their beef at nearly the same price as purchasing an entire half beef, but they get it in 20 pound increments each month.  Since we need to estimate our beef needs 18 months ahead, having a core of CSA members really helps us to plan.  It is also much more efficient for us to divide a beef into 12 equal shares than to sell by the individual cut at the markets (although at least half of our business is still done by the cut).

Local Harvest had a great article on finding and choosing a more traditional garden produce CSA.   When considering whether or not to join a CSA,  there are a few questions that you might ask yourself.

  • Do I like to cook and does my schedule allow me to make homemade meals most evenings?
  • Will it be fun to vegetables that are new to me?
  • How will I handle excess produce? (Do you have a neighbor who would like to get some if you get "behind"?) Feeling bad about wasting food is one of the top reasons former CSA members site for not renewing.
  • Am I willing to accept the unknowns involved in "shared risk"?

Shopping around for a CSA is also a good idea.  It might be a good idea to ask if you can talk to some of the existing customers.  Also find out how long the farmer has been doing CSAs.  They can be a bit tricky to manage until the farmer gets the hang of planning.  It's great to help out someone just starting out, but that should be an informed decision.CSAs can be a great fit and can benefit consumer and producer.

At Wild Type Ranch, our CSA customers usually get the best beef, and are the first ones in line when the supply gets tight.  Good luck and bon appetit!

Posted 3/11/2010 11:00am by Ralph Mitchell.

Spring is definitely here!  The garden is turning green and our family is spending every possible minute outdoors.  We look forward to the day we can stop feeding hay and the cattle can be fully fed on fresh, growing grass.  With all the rain we’ve had, we’re hoping for good things this coming season, including a bumper crop of bluebonnets.


St. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION:  
Don't miss the special St. Patty's Day activities at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market on Saturday.  There will be live music, treats and activities for the kids and a benefit raffle with lots of great prizes from the market vendors (including one of our very own premier green tie-dye shirts).  Come see us from 8-noon.  

WE'RE "DYING" TO EXPRESS OURSELVES:
  Beginning this week at the Brazos Market, we will be selling a selection of "
Wild Type Dyes"; tie-dyed apparel (and more) that we have made here at the ranch.  Beef is still our business, but we enjoy sharing our art, too.

SUNDAY IS LIVE OAK DELIVERY DAY
:  This coming Sunday is our monthly delivery day at Live Oak Unitarian church (3315 El Salido Pkwy, Cedar Park).  We'll be delivering beef order, and will also have a selection of Dyer Dairy Cheeses and pastured eggs available.  We'll be in the parking lot of the chruch from shortly after 12:00 until 12:30.  If you want beef on Sunday, please pre-order.

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS
: I’ll do my best to keep everyone posted on our schedule through e-mails and the Calendar page of the website.  Below is our updated schedule for the coming weeks.

SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon.  April 6, April 20th.
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, Saturdays April 10, May 1.
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATES March 20, April 3, April 24th .  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy

Deliveries:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, April 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, April 11. 12:05-12:30.
Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Tuesdays by arrangement
Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Tuesdays, 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, April 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 two 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 4:30-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 10 am -6 pm.  Other hours may be available by appointment.
  • Village Café 210 W 6th St, downtown Bryan is now featuring our beef on some of their menu items. 

TO ORDER: visit  www.wildtyperanch.com.beef  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

3246563010_28775572039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  separate fact from fiction about food production and what you feed your family

 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 3/5/2010 10:32am by Ralph Mitchell.
Our apologies if you are receiving this e-mail for the second time this week.  We are working with a new server and mailing system and encountered a glitch with the mailing earlier this week, preventing some of the e-mails to be returned.  Please bear with us as we iron our the kinks!

This coming week is a big one for markets and deliveries.  Demand for our beef is growing weekly, so we recommend ordering ahead to enhance your chances of getting the cuts you desire.  Better yet, sign up for one of our subscription programs, and you’ll be first in line each month. 

SCHEDULE CHANGE;  Brazos Market This Saturday
:  We will be at the Brazos Valley market this Saturday as well as next Saturday.   Come out and see us from 8-noon on the corner of Texas Ave and Wm. J. Bryan Pkwy. 

MESSINA HOF BIRTHDAY BASH THIS COMING SUNDAY
:  The Brazos Valley Farmer’s Market vendors will be selling their wares at the Messina Hof Winery’s annual Birthday Bash on Sunday from 1-4 pm.  In addition to a full Farmer’s Market, there will be food, wine tasting and tours.  Visit the Messina Hof website for directions and more details. 

SUN CITY, ARBORETUM, ROUND ROCK AND CEDAR PARK MONTHLY DELIVERIES NEXT WEEK
:  Next week we will be making our monthly deliveries to Austin-Arboretum, Cedar Park, Sun City and Round Rock.   Sun City will be a mini-market in the Activity Center parking lot from 9-10 with a few other vendors from the regular market.  The other sites are deliveries for pre-orders only.  Be sure to get your order in!

CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOK OF OUR WEBSITE
:  We’ve updated our website!  Although we’ve still got some more improvements to make, we think you’ll like the new look and feel of it.  We’ve now got a full calendar of our market dates and appearances, for one thing.  Be sure to check out the photo gallery and feel free to leave comments. 

HALF/QUARTER/EIGHTH ORDERING DEADLINE: 
The deadline for ordering a half beef from this upcoming harvest is March 6th.  Eighths or quarters must be ordered by March 10th.  Beef will be available March 20th.

NEW DYER MERCANTILE HOURS
:  Our friends at Dyer Mercantile have expanded the operating hours of their farm store.  They are now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10-7 and Sunday 1-6.  Be sure to visit their website and sign up for their new newsletter. 

MARKET TIMES AND LOCATIONS
: I’ll do my best to keep everyone posted on our schedule through e-mails and the home page of the website.  Below is our updated schedule for the coming weeks.

 

SUN CITY WINTER DELIVERY:  Second Tuesdays, 9-10, Activity Center Parking lot.  Pre-orders encouraged, but not required. NEXT DATE March 9

VINEYARD AT FLORENCE:  First Saturday of each month 12-2, NEXT DATE March 6.  8711 FM 487, Florence (click here for map)

BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATES: Feb 13, Feb 20.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy

Deliveries: 

Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, March 8. 11:00-11:30 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, March 14. 12:00-12:30

Dyer Dairy Mercantile:  7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown,  Tuesdays by arrangement

Community Montessori School, Georgetown:  Tuesdays, by arrangement

Round Rock:   304 W. Main Street on the second Tuesday from 12:30-1:00 (orders only).  NEXT DATE March 9

Tillman Physical Therapy: 2519 S. Lakeline Blvd, Suite 100, Cedar Park, 2nd Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:00; NEXT DATE Monday, March 8 (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 4:30-7 pm , Saturdays 9 am-7 pm and Sundays 10 am -6 pm.  Other hours may be available by appointment.
  • Village Café 210 W 6th St, downtown Bryan is now featuring our beef on some of their menu items. 

TO ORDER: visit  http://wildtyperanch.com/content/5706  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

3246563010_28775572039 CR 140
Cameron, TX 76520
Phone (512) 826-2218
Fax (866)-305-3891

www.wildtyperanch.com

www.downtoearthblog.com:  separate fact from fiction about food production and what you feed your family

 

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 2/13/2010 12:31pm by Ralph Mitchell.

Want to separate fact from fiction about your food and what you feed your family? Check out the Down To Earth blog for facts and discussion about food production topics and issues.

Posted 2/13/2010 12:28pm by Ralph Mitchell.

A monthly subscription program consisting of 15-16 pounds of beef, plus a selection of other products such as eggs, Dyer cheese, summer sausage, veal, and more. See our subscription page for more information CSA.

Posted 2/13/2010 12:08pm by Ralph Mitchell.

FARMERS MARKETS
Winter schedule until April 1

Second Tuesdays,
Sun City Activity Center parking lot. 9-10

First Saturdays,
Vineyard Market, Florence, 12-2

Select Saturdays, (Feb 13, Feb 20)
Brazos Valley Farmer's Market  8-noon
(Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy)

Posted 2/13/2010 12:05pm by Ralph Mitchell.

Upcoming Delivery Dates

Saturday, Feb 6,
Vineyard Market, Florence
12:00-2:00

Monday, Feb 8,
Riata office park (Austin)
11:00-11:30

Monday, Feb 8,
Arboretum Brick Oven parking lot
11:30-11:45

Monday, Feb 8,
Tillman Physical Therapy,
2519 S. Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park
1:30-2:00 pm

Tuesdays by arrangement,
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy
7801 E Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX

By arrangement at our ranch in Cameron, TX

Posted 2/13/2010 12:03pm by Ralph Mitchell.

UPDATED 01/20/10: HERD REDUCTION
CATTLE FOR SALE  Or e-mail us for current full registered and commercial listing

Posted 2/13/2010 10:52am by Ralph Mitchell.

Village Cafe is now featuring Wild Type Ranch Beef, along with good music, great coffee and beautiful art! Check them out!