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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
 

Posted 12/25/2010 10:44am by Ralph Mitchell.

Merry Christmas from Wild Type Ranch!  The following is an excerpt from a KidsTalk, parenting newsletter I receive weekly. 

This week we celebrate the birth of a man from Galilee. In our celebration let us remember that we all are born as children of God with enormous potential that even a simple, uneducated person, such as a shepherd, can comprehend.

In our merrymaking, let us remember that each of us has possibilities that should be encouraged by those in our world who are in positions of wisdom, wealth and influence. Those of us who hold these positions of power should seek to share our gifts and offer them to our children, as the Wise Men did.

We need to be prepared to protect our children from the treachery and greed of those who would be the King Herods in our world.

Using Mary and Joseph as our models, we need to trust our children to follow their paths and believe in our children's and our own unique abilities to heal the world.

Every person on our planet is born a child. No matter what our beliefs in terms of religion, nationality or faith, the message of the child called Jesus speaks to us all, if only we will listen. The message is simple.

Jesus said that the two most important acts we can perform in the world are these:
• Love the Lord thy God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
 
• Love your neighbor as yourself.   
A message simple enough for a child to understand.

As I sit in our warm cabin on the ranch, and getting ready to prepare good food, I am appreciative of the gifts of being well-loved, well-fed and able to make my living from something that is totally in line with my values and my beliefs.  My Christmas wish for you all is that you may have the same.

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex.

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

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 12/1/2010 12:55pm by Ralph Mitchell.
With 25 degrees this morning, the winter season is definitely upon us.  So much for the last-of-the-season green beans from the garden!

This time of year is a time of reflection for me.  Being in the business of producing food, Thanksgiving and the other holiday feasts always have special significance.  One of the most special parts of our business is supplying beef for the celebrations of our customers.  I feel deeply our connection with the community when someone is buying a special roast for their father's birthday, or buys a beef pack for their son at college.  

The connection to our customers brings a sense of sacred to our daily chores.  My youngest son always swears he can taste the love in food that is home-grown and home-made.  As we take care of our animals and our land, participate in the breeding, raising and harvesting of our beef, I am ever more aware of the reason for this season.  

BRAZOS MARKET THIS SATURDAY AND NEXT
:  We'll be back at the Brazos market this weekend AND next weekend.  We're fully restocked with all cuts.  Be sure to come out and stock up, as we will not be at the market the last 2 weeks of December.

DEC 9 IS ROUND ROCK/GEORGETOWN DELIVERY DAY:  We'll be making our December deliveries to Round Rock, Dyer Mercantile and Georgetown on Thursday, December 9.  This will be an "orders-only" delivery route (no spot sales).  Please have orders in by 5 pm on Wednesday December 8.

2ND MONDAY AUSTIN CEDAR PARK DELIVERIES DEC 13: Riata, Arboretum and Tillman PT deliveries will be Monday, Dec 13.  Please have orders placed by Dec 12.

LAST CALL FOR CAPTAIN'S PACKS
:  We have a couple Captain's Packs still available.  Our Captain's Cut beef is prime or near-prime grade and exceptionally tender and tasty. A Captain's Pack is 20 pounds of steaks and choice cuts (typically 8 steaks, a roast, stir fry beef, patties and a few pkgs of ground beef) for $250.  Please see our website (Captain's Cut )for more details.

GIVE A TASTY GIFT THIS YEAR:  Why not give someone you love a gift certificate from Wild Type Ranch?  We can do certificates for a flat dollar amount, for one of our packs or for a 3 or 6 month CSA subscription.  Certificates are available at the market, or can be mailed to the recipient of choice.

WINTER DELIVERY POINTS SET:  We will continue to make monthly deliveries to Georgetown and Round Rock the months of December through March, while the markets are closed.  We will be in downtown Round Rock outside Friar Tuck's Pantry (204 E Main St) on the 2nd Thursday of each month over the lunch hour, from 12:00-1:00.  We will be in the regular Georgetown park location the 2nd Thursday from 4:30-5:30.  These will be deliveries, only; no on-the-spot sales.

OUR DECEMBER MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:
12/4 Saturday Bryan Farmer's Market
12/9 Thursday Round Rock 204 E Main Street, 12-1
12/9 Thursday Dyer Mercantile (7801 Hwy 29 E, Georgetown) 1:30-2:30
12/9 Thursday San Gabriel Park (200 E Morrow, Georgetown) 4:30-5:30
12/11 Saturday Bryan Farmer's Market
12/13 Monday Riata Office Park (Riata Bar and Grill, 12221 Riata Trace Pkwy Austin)10:45-11:15
12/13 Monday Jolleyville Brick Oven (next to HEB) 11:30-11:45
12/13 Monday Tillman Physical Therapy (2519 Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park) 1:30-2:00
Pickup is available most times by arrangement at the ranch

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:
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATES Dec 4, Dec 11.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy.  

Deliveries
:
Arboretum/Riata area: 2nd Mondays of each month: NEXT DATE Monday, Nov 8. 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, Nov 21. 12:15-12:30.
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, Nov 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 (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