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Posted 8/2/2011 12:43pm by Ralph Mitchell.
I'm lucky to be sitting in the Grand Tetons as I compose this e-mail (it's a business trip, I swear!).  The cool temperatures and last night's rain are a long-missed blessing.  As we drove through Montana and Wyoming, looking at lush pastures and sleek, fat cattle, I was reminded how vulnerable we are to the natural fluctuations of our world.  The blessings of one climate are matched by the misfortunes of another.

At home, most of our tanks (ponds) are dry and the property has never been as brown or devoid of growth in anyone's memory.  Many of our fellow cattlemen have sold their herds for lack of water.  Those that haven't are hauling in hay from Colorado, Kansas, the Dakotas and elsewhere.  Local grain farmers are baling their corn and milo (sorghum) because grain yields are generally too low to pay the cost of harvesting it as grain.  That at least, is providing some local feed to livestock producers.

For the moment, thanks to Ralph's advance planning for the capriciousness of our Texas climate, we are able to feed and water our cattle.  We're doing everything in our power to minimize the impact of the heat and drought on our cattle and to maintain the quality of our product.  Meanwhile, we're hoping and praying for an end to this drought.  Any thoughts and prayers to that end are welcome!

August schedule changes:  We've made a number of changes to our August market and delivery schedule.  The current schedule is at the bottom of this e-mail, and the Calendar Page of the website is up-to-date. You can also become a fan of us on Facebook for reminders or updates to our delivery schedule.

Round Rock market this weekend:  Our schedule for August has changed, and we will be at the Round Rock market twice in August!  We will be at the market this coming Saturday, as well as later in August.  You can place an order ahead of time through our on-line ordering, or just stop by the market to pick out what you'd like.

Village Burger coupon good through Saturday:  Click here to download a pair of coupons for the Village Burger, featuring Wild Type Ranch beef from Stover Bros. Cafe.  Stover Bros. is located in the Deli of Village Foods in Bryan.  Hurry!  The coupons expire August 6! 

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

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

 

Saturday August 6: Round Rock Farmer's Market 8-12 (S&W parking lot 300 University Blvd)

Sunday August 14: Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido, Cedar Park) 12:15-12:45

Tuesday August 16 Sun City Farmer's Market 9-noon (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown) 

Thursday August 18 Tillman PT Delivery (2519 S. Lakeline Cedar Park) 12:45-1:15

Thursday August 18 Georgetown Farmer's Market 3:30-6:30 San Gabriel Park

Saturday, August 20, Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave 

Monday, August 22; Riata Bar and Grill (12221 Riata Trace Pkwy, Austin) 10:45-11:00

Monday, August 22; Arboretum-Brick Oven (Next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:20-11:45

Saturday, August 27; Round Rock Farmer's Market 8-12 (S&W parking lot 300 University Blvd)

At Dyer Dairy, weekly by arrangement

 

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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


Posted 7/27/2011 9:03am by Ralph Mitchell.
We are making a bonus appearance at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market this weekend.  We've got plenty of beef in stock, veal and even eggs for this weekend.  You can place an order ahead of time through our on-line ordering, or just stop by the market to pick out what you'd like.

Buy One, Get One Free or $1.99 Village Burger:  Click here to download a pair of coupons for the Village Burger, featuring Wild Type Ranch beef from Stover Bros. Cafe.  Stover Bros. is located in the Deli of Village Foods in Bryan.  Hurry!  The coupons expire August 6! 

Facebook Fans
:  Join us on Facebook for news from the ranch, links to interesting food and ag information and occasional specials.  Your favorite farmer's markets have facebook pages, too; the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market and the Georgetown Farmer's Market Association.

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

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

Saturday July 30; Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave

Monday Aug 8; monthly deliveries to Riata and Arboretum (North Austin) 

Saturday, Aug 13,  Round Rock Farmer's Market 8-12 (Scott &White parking lot, 300 University Blvd) 

Sunday Aug 14: Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido, Cedar Park) 12:15-12:45

Tuesday August 16 Sun City, 9-noon, Sun City Activity Center (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown)

Thursday August 18 Tillman PT/Crossfit Cedar Park Delivery (Lakeline Cedar Park) 12:45-1:15

Thursday August 18 Georgetown Farmer's Market 3:30-6:30 San Gabriel Park

Saturday, August 20, Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave 

 

At Dyer Dairy by arrangement

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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


Posted 7/20/2011 12:54pm by Ralph Mitchell.
Just a quick reminder that we will be at the Georgetown market tomorrow (Thursday, July 21) from 3:30-6:30.  We'll have beef, veal and even a little bit of produce from the family garden.  We'll be taking a couple weeks break from markets after this, and won't be back in the area until August 13th, so come stock up while you can!

Tillman/Cedar Park deliveries Thursday, July 21:  Thursday July 21 (tomorow) is our regular delivery day to Tillman PT and Cedar Park-Lakeline (2519 S Lakeline Blvd) from 12:45-1:15.  Please have orders in by Wednesday at 5 pm for Thursday delivery.  If you work in the North Austin, Round Rock or Georgetown area and are interested in having a monthly delivery point at your place of work, let us know. 

Vote for us!  We're still in the running for an Intuit small business grant.  Our chances of winning are determined by the number of votes and kind of comments we get.  Click here to vote!

Special Items in Stock:  We've got some seasonal goodies in stock now, including summer sausage, Loin K-bobs, Ribeye Cutlets, Arm (round bone) Roasts and Tenderloin Roasts.  All can be ordered online through the website

Have you tried the Village Burger? 
Stover Bros. Cafe, inside Village Foods in Bryan, features our beef as their "Village Burger".  If you haven't tried one, you should!

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

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

Thursday July 21 Tillman PT/Crossfit Cedar Park Delivery (Lakeline Cedar Park) 12:45-1:15

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

Monday Aug 8; monthly deliveries to Riata and Arboretum (North Austin) 

Saturday, Aug 13,  Round Rock Farmer's Market 8-12 (Scott &White parking lot, 300 University Blvd) 

Sunday Aug 14: Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido, Cedar Park) 12:15-12:45

Tuesday August 16 Sun City, 9-noon, Sun City Activity Center (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown)  

Saturday, August 20, Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave 

 

At Dyer Dairy by arrangement

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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


Posted 7/13/2011 5:58pm by Ralph Mitchell.
Aside from supporting local business and helping Central Texas farmland stay in farming, there are some very good reasons to buy your ground beef locally:

1.  
Single source:  Our ground beef is ground from a single animal.  Commercial ground beef is a blend of trimmings and fat from a large number of animals, and often sourced from different processing plants.  We know the history each animal harvested, and the source of each package of beef we sell.  Did you know that ~50% of ground beef comes from cull dairy cows? 

2.  Ground and frozen at the time of processing:  Our ground beef is ground and frozen at the time the beef is processed with little time to be exposed to air before it is ground; hence higher quality and safety.  Much commercial ground beef is sent to a secondary processor for grinding, allowing time for oxidation and growth of pathogens.   In those rare grocery stores that still grind their own beef, cuts near their "use by" date may be included in the mix to get a few added saleable days.

3.  
Individual batch Quality Control:  We cook and taste each batch of ground beef.  This is also how we determine the relative fat content.  For ground beef to be labelled 80:20, it must be a measured blend of fat and lean.  Our ground beef is not blended, so the fat content varies from batch to batch.  Our regular is between 1% and 5% drainable fat (about 90% -75% lean) and our extra lean is < 1% drainable fat.

The end result is ground beef that tastes great.  When I left the farm to go to college, after being raised on our own beef (much of it dairy beef), I couldn't stand the taste of ground beef from the store, and resorted to buying roasts to grind my own.
I've blogged a few times about ground beef at my DownToEarthblog.com, if you want to read more.

Vote for us!  We're in the running for an Intuit small business grant.  Our chances of winning are determined by the number of votes and kind of comments we get.  Click here to vote!

Brazos Market on Saturday:  Saturday is our market and delivery day at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market.  We'll be there from 8-noon, fully restocked!

Tillman/Cedar Park deliveries Thursday, July 21:  Thursday July 21 (one week from tomorow) is our regular delivery day to Tillman PT and Cedar Park-Lakeline (2519 S Lakeline Blvd) from 12:45-1:15.  Please have orders in by Wednesday at 5 pm for Thursday delivery.  If you work in the North Austin, Round Rock or Georgetown area and are interested in having a monthly delivery point at your place of work, let us know. 

Live Oak UU Church deliveries cancelled for July:  The July Live Oak deliveries have been cancelled for this month.  We'll see you again on August 14.

Reserve your Veal now:  The last veal harvest of 2011 will be available starting this Saturday at the Brazos market.  Veal can be ordered online to reserve for your desired market or delivery point.  If you have placed and order, we will be packing veal orders on Friday, so don't worry--we've got you covered!

Special Items in Stock:  We've got some seasonal goodies in stock now, including summer sausage, Loin K-bobs, Ribeye Cutlets, Arm (round bone) Roasts and Tenderloin Roasts.  All can be ordered online through the website

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

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

Saturday, July 16, Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave 

Tuesday July 19 Sun City, 9-noon, Sun City Activity Center 

Farmer's Market 9-noon (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown) 

Thursday July 21 Tillman PT Delivery (Lakeline Cedar Park) 12:45-1:15

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

Monday Aug 8; monthly deliveries to Riata and Arboretum (North Austin) 

Saturday, Aug 13,  Round Rock Farmer's Market 8-12 (Scott &White parking lot, 300 University Blvd) 

Sunday Aug 14: Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido, Cedar Park) 12:15-12:45 

At Dyer Dairy by arrangement

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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


Posted 7/6/2011 7:41pm by Ralph Mitchell.
This season of independence seems like a good time to ponder "free range".  Actually, this afternoon was the day we opened the nursery pen for this spring's chicks, prompting me to think about "free range eggs".

I bet many of you don't know that the USDA regulation for the use of the words "free range" requires only that the chickens have ACCESS to the outdoors.  Chickens are creatures of habit, and, like Winnie the Pooh, creatures of very little brain.  A chicken raised in a small space is reluctant to move outside, even when the door is opened.  Case in point is our own spring batch of chicks:  29 chicks have been raised since the day they hatched in May in the safety of a 4 x 12 foot double-deck enclosure.  Now that they are big enough to not get picked on by the older hens and have a reasonable chance of surviving outdoors, it is time for them to start foraging in the yard.  I opened their enclosure an hour ago.  Four of the 29 chicks accidentally stumbled outside and have spent most of the rest of the hour trying to get back in.  A few of the Ameracaunas (the green egg-laying breed, which are a little closer to wild) have launched themselves flying out of the coop and immediately run back in.  Eventually, egged on (pardon the pun) by the older hens, they'll get the picture and be truly free-range.

In most commercial free-range egg operations, the chickens are raised inside until they start laying eggs (regulations for free range state that they only need to have access to the outdoors while they are laying).  Then, a small door at the end of their building is opened, usually to a small dirt run with no vegetation.  The vast majority of the hens will never set foot outside.  Those that do experience nothing like the image most of us have of "free range".  A real sign of this type of operation are the words "free range eggs from vegetarian-fed chickens".  Chickens aren't vegetarians by nature, so truly free-range chickens eat bugs and worms along with all manner of vegetation.  This varied diet is what gives those lovely local eggs their dark yellow yolks, rich flavor and higher nutritional content.  

Still, "free range" means at least that the hens are not housed in tiny pens.  Btw, did you know that meat from "cage free" or "hormone free" chickens are meaningless claims?  But that's another story...

Wild Type Ranch on NPR's "Science Friday" this week:  We've been asked to be a panelist on NPR's weekly science program this week.  They will be broadcasting live from San Antonio and we are the "grass producer" representative on a segment about the science behind Texas Beef production.  Tune in from 1:00-1:40.

Round Rock Market on Saturday:  Saturday is our market and delivery day at the Round Rock market in the Scott and White parking lot (I-35 and 1431, near IKEA).  We'll be there from 8-noon, fully restocked!

Riata and Arboretum deliveries Monday:  Monday is our regular delivery day to the Riata office complex and the Jolleyville Brick Oven.  Please have orders in by Sunday 5 pm for Monday delivery.  If you work in the North Austin, Round Rock or Georgetown area and are interested in having a monthly delivery point at your place of work, let us know. 

Live Oak UU Church deliveries rescheduled:  The July 24 Live Oak deliveries have been rescheduled for July 17.  We received an invitation to the "Summer Event on the Lawn" at the White House that weekend, which seemed like an event not to be missed!

Reserve your Veal now:  The last veal harvest of 2011 will be available starting July 15.  Veal can be ordered online to reserve for your desired market or delivery point.

Special Items in Stock:  We've got some seasonal goodies in stock now, including summer sausage, Loin K-bobs, Ribeye Cutlets, Arm (round bone) Roasts and Tenderloin Roasts.  All can be ordered online through the website

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

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

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

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

Saturday, July 16, Brazos Farmer’s Market 8-noon Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave 

Sunday July 17: Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido, Cedar Park) 12:15-12:45

Tuesday July 19 Sun City

Farmer's Market 9-noon (2 Texas Ave, Georgetown) 

Thursday July 21 Tillman PT Delivery (Lakeline Cedar Park) 12:45-1:15

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

At Dyer Dairy by arrangement

 


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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At Dyer Dairy by arrangement


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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OUR MARKET AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At Dyer Dairy by arrangement


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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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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