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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

 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 5/29/2010 9:36pm by Sara.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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Posted 5/5/2010 1:20pm by Ralph Mitchell.
With the looming availability of our "Captain's Cut" top-shelf beef, we thought this would be a good time to explain our commitment to quality.  Over the next few weeks, we'll go into depth about various aspects of how your beef is produced.  Today, let's start with an outline of how we produce and sell consistently excellent beef:
  • Top genetics make top beef:  Our herd is primarily registered Angus or Red Angus stock from the top of their breed for marbling and tenderness. These genetics translate to tender, well-marbled beef even on a grass-based diet. 
  • Tasty feed makes tasty beef:  Our cattle are raised entirely on pasture, with the best grass and hay we can provide.  A varied, natural diet that includes "weeds" produces a full-flavored meat.
  • Management makes a difference:  The low-stress environment in which we raise our cattle translates to healthier cattle and higher quality beef.   
  • Dry-aging enhances:  Our beef is aged as whole sides for 14-21 days before it is cut. This further develops the flavor and increases tenderness.
  • Custom processing optimizes:  The types of beef cuts we get vary for each beef harvested.  Ultrasound images, tenderness tests and other measurements are taken on each beef before it is harvested.  These data are used to determine the best way have the beef cut, and to make sure that only well-marbled beef is ever made into steaks.
  • Taste-testing for Quality Control:  We perform side-by-side blind taste tests of steaks from every beef we harvest before any of the beef is sold.  We cook, drain and measure the fat on each batch of ground beef, as well as taste-testing.  Any beef that doesn't pass out taste-test is donated to the local food bank.
  • Customer feedback helps us refine:  Comments from our customers make our day.  We especially value feedback that lets us know how we can improve.  

NOTICE OF MARKET SWITCH MAY 8 AND MAY 15:  This Saturday(May 8th), while Sara, Eric and Alex are attending a karate tournament in Round Rock, Hona will be manning our booth at the Brazos Valley Market in Bryan.  We will not be at the Round Rock market on Saturday, May 8, but we will be in Round Rock on May 15.  Remember, you can visit the calendar page of our website for our current schedule at any time.   

MARKET TO MENU EVENT IN BRYAN ON SATURDAY:  The Frisnds of the Brazos Market and the TX Dept. of Ag will be teaching the community how to transform fresh local products (including our beef) into a spectacular meal  the whole family will love!  Chef Rachel from the Viallage Cafe will be demonstrating food preparation techniques from 9:30-11:30.  In addition, Pam Walker, author of Growing Good Things to Eat in Texas will be on site to sign books from 10-12.  The event will continue at the Village Cafe with a Locavore lunch and talk by Pam Walker.

CEDAR PARK AND RIATA DELIVERY DAY NEXT MONDAY: Monday is our monthly North Austin delivery day to Riata, the Arboretum and Cedar Park (Tillman PT).  We'll be delivering CSA packs and individual orders.  Orders must be placed by Sunday evening for delivery on Monday.

SPECIAL CUTS AVAILABLE THIS MONTH:
Sirloin  Tip Roast $8.00/lb
Shank "Doggie Bones": 8-inch leg bones make perfect dog treats $1.50/lb
Seven Steaks: A tasty, budget steak.  Not as tender as sirloin, but still great on the grill.  $6.00/lb

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIALS AT THURSDAY'S AND SATURDAY'S MARKETS: Be sure to stop by the Thursday Georgetown Market or the Saturday Bryan Market for market-specific specials on select steaks and other cuts.  Speaking from personal "Mom" experience, one of the best Mother's Day gifts is a great meal cooked with love by one's family. (And don't forget to do the dishes!).

LAST CALL FOR GROUND VEAL UNTIL SUMMER'S END:  We are at the end of our veal for this season.  If you would like our humane, pasture-rasied ground veal, be sure to pick some up at the markets this week or place an order for next week's delivery. 

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

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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

Posted 4/30/2010 1:04pm by Ralph Mitchell.

We'll be back at the Round Rock market this Saturday after a few weekends away.  We're entering the peak of the spring growing season, so you can get asparagus, strawberries, greens, carrots and much more.  Of course, we'll be there with our great beef, too.  Remember, the Round Rock market is under cover in the public parking garage, so rain or shine, you can shop in comfort.

LIVE OAK CHURCH DELIVERIES SUNDAY:  This Sunday is our once-a-month trip to Live Oak UU Church (3315 El Salido Parkway in Cedar Park).  We'll be in the parking lot from 12:00-12:30 making deliveries of beef.  We plan to have eggs and Dyer Cheese available, too.  Note that beef deliveries are by order only. 

FIRST TUESDAY MARKET DAY IN SUN CITY:  Next Tuesday, May 4, is our first Tuesday market day at Sun City.  Be sure to come out and stock up on beef.   

SECOND CALL FOR CAPTAIN'S CUT BEEF RESERVATIONS!
  Our Captain's Cut is exceptionally well-marbled (prime or nearly prime) and ultra-tender beef.  We have been waiting for the flush of spring green to add the final touch of flavor to our upcoming Captain's Cut Harvest, which will be ready May 24th.  
Captain's Cut beef is sold only by halves, quarters. eighths or a "Captain's Pack" (20 pounds, heavy on steaks).  Halves are $4.75 per pound of hanging weight, quarters are $8.00 per packaged pound, eighths are $10.00 per packaged pound and the Captain's pack is $250.  If you are interested in our Captain's Cut, you can download more information here, or email us.   


RECIPE OF THE WEEK: STUFFED HAMBURGERS  A new twist on a timeless favorite.  I like these stuffed with Dyer Dairy cheese. 
2 packages (8) Wild Type Ranch quarter pound patties, thawed
8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1 cup sharp cheese grated or crumbled (Dyer 7 pepper jack is my favorite)
Seasoned salt
Ground black pepper

Mix bacon and cheese.  Season one side of each patty.  Place seasoned side down and flatten patty slightly.  Place 1/4 of the bacon/cheese mixture on top of each of 4 patties.  Place a second patty, seasoned side out on top of each of the first 4 patties.  Pinch the edges well to seal.  Grill approximately 8 minutes per side.  
Serve on toasted bun, or eat "bareback".  Especially great topped with sliced avocado and/or sauteed mushrooms.  

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

SUN CITY FARMERS’ MARKET:  Sun City Social Center (2 Texas Drive) 9-noon. NEXT DATE: May 4th.
GEORGETOWN (SAN GABRIEL PARK) FARMERS’ MARKET:  300 E. Morrow.  Every Thursday, 3:30-6:30.
ROUND ROCK FARMERS’ MARKET:  Downtown public parking garage.  8-noon, NEXT DATES: May 1, May 8.
BRAZOS VALLEY FARMERS MARKET:  Saturdays 8-noon, NEXT DATE May 15.  Corner of Texas Ave. and William J. Bryan Pkwy

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

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

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

See you at the market!

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

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

www.wildtyperanch.com
www.downtoearthblog.com:  

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