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Posted 8/13/2014 4:25pm by Ralph Mitchell.

Just when I thought I had life figured out...  A major shake-up in our family's schedule means that the remaining August delivery dates and our September schedule have changed.  The good news is that we will now be able to make August deliveries to Round Rock and Temple next week!  Unfortunately, we will not be able to make a Brazos Farmer's Market this month.  If you have exiting orders for delivery this month, I will be coordinating with each of you for adjusting your pickup/delivery.  Please see the online calendar, or the schedule at the bottom of this e-mail for details on the new schedule.  

Ground Beef Lean:Fat Ratio:  One of the most common questions we get is "what is the fat content of your ground beef?"  When you purchase ground beef from the grocery store, it is a measured mixture of lean trimmings and fat trimmings, formulated to arrive at a set percentage of fat.  Our ground beef is made from whole cuts (such as bottom round, short ribs, arm) as well as trimmings, with no added fat.  Typically, that results in ground beef that is around 90% lean.  

We have been blessed with good rain and abundant grass this year.  Our cattle are bred to "finish" (i.e. gain well and put down fat and marbling) on grass only.  In an unusually good year, that can mean they put down a lot of fat.  As some of you have noticed, our ground beef has been fatter than typical.  That fat is good fat; shown to be healthy. As we transition in to fall, you can expect the lean percentage to increase.  By Oct-Nov, we should be back to our usual 85-90% lean. 

Going fast--Baby Beef:  The next step up from veal, "baby beef" are cattle that are harvested at about 1 year of age.  Lower in fat, high in tenderness and with a more delicate flavor than our regular beef.  Steaks and roasts will be smaller than our regular beef.  Many grass-fed beef producers sell only beef from cattle at this age.  We are giving it a trial run and it is in stock now. There is still some remaining inventory, but it won't last long.  You can order through a special department in our online store. Don't miss out!

BUY IN BULK AND SAVE:  Don't forget, you can order halves, quarters and eighths in even-numbered months, saving up to 25% over retail prices. The deadline for quarters and eighths for October delivery is Sep 19.  Halves can be reserved for October or December by submitting an order and deposit.  October half deadline is September 6  Bulk beef can be reserved via our online store.  

Thanks for your continued support and patronage,

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex

 

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

Brazos Farmer's Market, corner of Wm. J. Bryan and Texas Ave, Bryan.  8-noon
Sep 13
 
Round Rock:  Renaissance Square Shopping Center, 1601 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664 1:15-1:30.  In the parking lot outside the Exchange Church
Aug 19, Sep 26
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
August 18, Sep 1
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
Aug 31, Sep 21 (tentative)
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
Aug 21, Sep 4
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
Sep 2
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 


Thanks for supporting our ranch, and local, healthy food!
Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex
 
Posted 7/22/2014 7:03pm by Ralph Mitchell.

We've got something really special in stock:  The next step up from veal, "baby beef" are cattle that are harvested at about 1 year of age.  Lower in fat, high in tenderness and with a more delicate flavor than our regular beef.  Steaks and roasts will be smaller than our regular beef.  Many grass-fed beef producers sell only beef from cattle at this age.  We are giving it a trial run and it is in stock now.  You can order through a special department in our online store. Don't miss out!

Looking for an easy summer dinner for a crowd?  Slow-cook a brisket or two (I do mine overnight at 225-250 degrees in the oven).  With a good rub and just a few times turning it over, you've got a main course hit on your hands.  For picnics, don't forget our all-vegetable cure (no MSG, nitrate from celery powder) summer sausage too!

BUY IN BULK AND SAVE:  Don't forget, you can order halves, quarters and eighths in even-numbered months, saving up to 25% over retail prices. The deadline for quarters and eighths for August delivery is August 1.  Halves can be reserved for October or December by submitting an order and deposit.  Bulk beef can be reserved via our online store.  

Thanks for your continued support and patronage,

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex

 

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

 Note there will be no Temple, Live Oak or Round Rock deliveries in August

Brazos Farmer's Market, 8-noon, corner of Wm. J Bryan and Texas ave
Aug 23, Sep 6
 
Round Rock:  Renaissance Square Shopping Center, 1601 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664 1:15-1:30.  In the parking lot outside the Exchange Church
no August delivery, Sep 9
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
August 25, Sep 8
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
Sep 7
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
no August delivery, Sep 11
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
Aug 12, Sep 9
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 


Thanks for supporting our ranch, and local, healthy food!
Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex
 
Posted 7/7/2014 2:23pm by Ralph Mitchell.

We're a little behind schedule on packing beef, so if you wanted an eighth beef CSA for July and have not ordered one, you may do so today.  CSAs will be packed tomorrow.

This month, we will be going light on the roasts for the 1/8th beef packs (bi-monthlies will still get either a roast or brisket), and we've mixed in some K-bobs, more patties and stir fry to reflect summer cooking patterns.  July packs should be ordered by Friday, July 4 to ensure fulfillment, although any extras will remain in inventory.  Please order through the CSA member only order page, to make sure your order gets processed.   

BRAZOS CUSTOMERS:  Please note we've had to move our Brazos market date up to July 5 to accommodate the family's summer activity schedule.  If you would like a pack in July, but cannot make it to the July 5 market, I can arrange to meet you at Village foods on Tuesday, July 15 about 5:30.  Just let me know via a note in the comment section of your order.

OTHER DATE CHANGES FOR JULY:  Live Oak deliveries will now be on July 20.  Round Rock deliveries will be from 1:30-1:45 on July 15 (rather than the usual 1:15-1:30).  Note there will be no Temple or Round Rock deliveries in August

 

Thanks for your continued support and patronage,

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex

 

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

Brazos Farmer's Market, 8-noon, corner of Wm. J Bryan and Texas ave
July 5, Aug 23  (by arrangement at Village Foods July 15)
 
Round Rock:  Renaissance Square Shopping Center, 1601 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664 1:30-1:45.  In the parking lot outside the Exchange Church
July 15, no August delivery
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
July 14, August 25
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
July 20, Aug 31
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
July 10, no August delivery
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
July 15,  Aug 12 
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 


Thanks for supporting our ranch, and local, healthy food!
Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex
 
Posted 6/30/2014 8:21pm by Ralph Mitchell.

Summer is in full swing here at the ranch.  We are happily unable to keep up with the grass growth, due to the frequent rains and the cattle are fat and glossy.  

This month,we've got plenty of  K-bobs, 1/3 lb patties, flank or skirt for fajitas and stir fry to reflect summer cooking preferences.  In addition, we've got our popular ribeye cutlets and T-bone steaks in stock.  And summer sausage is back in stock, too!

BRISKET SALE:  Our July special is $2.00/lb off brisket.  Perfect for that summer barbecue!  Special price is available for all orders placed and delivered in July.

GRAB BAG SAMPLER PACKS:  Our e-mail list special at the Brazos market was so popular, we've decided to make a limited number of packs available for order.  These packs will contain one steak, one roast, one variety cut (stew, stir fry, cutlet, etc.) and two pounds of ground beef.  The packs will sell for $55 and have a retail value of $68-75 (save 20-25%).  Limit one pack per customer, and must be a member or sign up for our e-mail list.  

BRAZOS CUSTOMERS:  Please note we've had to move our Brazos market date up to July 5 to accommodate the family's summer activity schedule.   

OTHER DATE CHANGES FOR JULY:  Live Oak deliveries will now be on July 20.  Round Rock deliveries will be from 1:30-1:45 on July 15 (rather than the usual 1:15-1:30).  Note there will be no Temple or Round Rock deliveries in August

BUY IN BULK AND SAVE:  Don't forget, you can order halves, quarters and eighths in even-numbered months, saving up to 25% over retail prices. The deadline for quarters and eighths for August delivery is August 1.  Halves can be reserved for August by submitting an order and deposit by July 16.  Bulk beef can be reserved via our online store.  

Thanks for your continued support and patronage,

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex

 

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

Brazos Farmer's Market, 8-noon, corner of Wm. J Bryan and Texas ave
July 5, Aug 23 
 
Round Rock:  Renaissance Square Shopping Center, 1601 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664 1:30-1:45.  In the parking lot outside the Exchange Church
July 15, no August delivery
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
July 14, August 25
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
July 20, Aug 31
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
July 10, no August delivery
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
July 15,  Aug 12 
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 


Thanks for supporting our ranch, and local, healthy food!
Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex
 
Posted 6/29/2014 11:22am by Ralph Mitchell.

We will be packing CSAs for July at the end of this coming week.  This month, we will be going light on the roasts for the 1/8th beef packs (bi-monthlies will still get either a roast or brisket), and we've mixed in some K-bobs, more patties and stir fry to reflect summer cooking patterns.  July packs should be ordered by Friday, July 4 to ensure fulfillment, although any extras will remain in inventory.  Please order through the CSA member only order page, to make sure your order gets processed.   

BRAZOS CUSTOMERS:  Please note we've had to move our Brazos market date up to July 5 to accommodate the family's summer activity schedule.  If you would like a pack in July, but cannot make it to the July 5 market, I can arrange to meet you at Village foods on Tuesday, July 15 about 5:30.  Just let me know via a note in the comment section of your order.

OTHER DATE CHANGES FOR JULY:  Live Oak deliveries will now be on July 20.  Round Rock deliveries will be from 1:30-1:45 on July 15 (rather than the usual 1:15-1:30).  Note there will be no Temple or Round Rock deliveries in August

 

Thanks for your continued support and patronage,

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex

 

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

Brazos Farmer's Market, 8-noon, corner of Wm. J Bryan and Texas ave
July 5, Aug 23  (by arrangement at Village Foods July 15)
 
Round Rock:  Renaissance Square Shopping Center, 1601 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664 1:30-1:45.  In the parking lot outside the Exchange Church
July 15, no August delivery
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
July 14, August 25
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
July 20, Aug 31
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
July 10, no August delivery
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
July 15,  Aug 12 
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 


Thanks for supporting our ranch, and local, healthy food!
Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex
 
Posted 6/18/2014 10:20am by Ralph Mitchell.

Special Brazos Market June 21:Brazos customers should plan to be at the June 21 market for a special market-to-menu event.  There will be cooking demos (and samples) with our beef as one of the featured ingredients, special informational booths and more!  There are always lots of vendors at this event, and now is a good time for produce, before the real heat of summer hit.

E-mail member pack special:  As an added feature at the Brazos Market, we will have special "e-mail list member" sampler packs for new and existing members of our e-mail list.  These packs will contain one steak, one roast, one variety cut (stew, stir fry, cutlet, etc.) and two pounds of ground beef.  The packs will sell for $55 and have a retail value of $68-75 (save 20-25%).  Limit one pack per customer, and must be a member or sign up for our e-mail list.  

CHUCK ROAST MEGA-SALE: We are overstocked on chuck roasts!  They are on sale through the month of June for $5.35 per pound--a full $2.00 per pound savings.  Although summer isn't a typical roast season, a crock-pot roast can be a good alternative to heating the oven up.  Or cook them down for shredded beef barbecue!

LAST CALL FOR TEMPLE ORDERS FOR JUNE:  Tomorrow is our monthly Thursday delivery to Temple.  Order deadline is 6 pm tonight via our online store.

Below is the upcoming market and delivery schedule. Please place your order via the online store, as orders emailed directly often get lost.  Especially with the warmer weather, please be sure to make your pickup point, or notify us of the need to change.  Although we'll do our best to keep your product frozen, sometimes it is many hours after the scheduled delivery before we get back to the ranch.  We are not responsible for thawing of orders that are not picked up as scheduled.

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

Brazos Farmer's Market, 8-noon, corner of Wm. J Bryan and Texas ave
June 21, July 12
 
Round Rock:  Renaissance Square Shopping Center, 1601 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664 1:30-1:45.  In the parking lot outside the Exchange Church
July 8
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
July 14
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
July 6
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
 June 19, July 10
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
July 15
 
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 
 
Thanks for supporting our ranch, and local, healthy food!
Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex
Posted 6/14/2014 5:02pm by Ralph Mitchell.

Our June deliveries start Monday with the Brick Oven/arboretum and continue from there.  Place your order by the evening prior to your desired delivery date via our online store.

CHUCK ROAST MEGA-SALE: We are overstocked on chuck roasts!  They are on sale through the month of June for $5.35 per pound--a full $2.00 per pound savings.  Although summer isn't a typical roast season, a crock-pot roast can be a good alternative to heating the oven up.  Or cook them down for shredded beef barbecue!

Special Brazos Market June 21:Brazos customers should be sure to plan to be at the June 21 market for a special market-to-menu event.  There will be cooking demos (and samples) with our beef as one of the featured ingredients, special informational booths and more.  

Below is the upcoming market and delivery schedule. Please place your order via the online store, as orders emailed directly often get lost.  Especially with the warmer weather, please be sure to make your pickup point, or notify us of the need to change.  Although we'll do our best to keep your product frozen, sometimes it is many hours after the scheduled delivery before we get back to the ranch.  We are not responsible for thawing of orders that are not picked up as scheduled.

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

Brazos Farmer's Market, 8-noon, corner of Wm. J Bryan and Texas ave
June 21
 
Round Rock:  Renaissance Square Shopping Center, 1601 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664 1:30-1:45.  In the parking lot outside the Exchange Church
June 17
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
June 16
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
June 8
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
 June 14
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
June 17  
 
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 
 
Thanks for supporting our ranch, and local, healthy food!
Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex
Posted 6/2/2014 10:14am by Ralph Mitchell.

June is our "off" month for CSAs, meaning the bulk of our harvest is set aside for other orders.  However, there are a limited number of packs available.  June packs must be ordered by Friday, June 6 at 3 pm.  Please order through the CSA member only order page, to make sure your order gets processed.   We will not be packing any extra CSAs this month, so once the deadline is passed, you will need to wait until July.

The heart and tongue in inventory are available for June.  The inventory will be updated for July once the June deadline has passed.

Thanks for your continued support and patronage,

Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex

 

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

Brazos Farmer's Market, 8-noon, corner of Wm. J Bryan and Texas ave
June 21
 
Round Rock:  Renaissance Square Shopping Center, 1601 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664 1:30-1:45.  In the parking lot outside the Exchange Church
June 17
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
June 16
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
June 8
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
 June 14
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
June 17  
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 


Thanks for supporting our ranch, and local, healthy food!
Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex
 
Posted 5/29/2014 5:05pm by Ralph Mitchell.

Clearance Sale at Brazos Market:, We will be clearing out our freezers when we're at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market on May 31.  This will be a good time to stock up on grilling cuts for those summer cookouts.  On sale:  Chuck Roast-$6.35/lb (save $1.00); Cutlets, rump roast and stir fry beef on sale for $7.50/lb, Bone-in rib steak and NY strip steaks on sale for $12.25/lb (save $4-5/lb).

Special Cuts in Stock: By popular demand, we have T-bone steaks, ribeye cutlets, and loin K-bobs this month.  Short ribs, soup bones and tongue were in inventory as of the writing of this letter, but will not last long.  The bountiful spring grass means extra-rich fat for rendering.  We have 1 8-12 pound bag in stock for rendering.  (who remembers what french fries used to taste like before vegetable oil?)

Below is the upcoming market and delivery schedule. Please place your order via the online store, as orders emailed directly often get lost.  Especially with the warmer weather, please be sure to make your pickup point, or notify us of the need to change.  Although we'll do our best to keep your product frozen, sometimes it is many hours after the scheduled delivery before we get back to the ranch.  We are not responsible for thawing of orders that are not picked up as scheduled.

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

Brazos Farmer's Market, 8-noon, corner of Wm. J Bryan and Texas ave
May 31, June 21
 
Round Rock:  Renaissance Square Shopping Center, 1601 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664 1:30-1:45.  In the parking lot outside the Exchange Church
June 17
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
June 16
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
May 25, June 8
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
 June 14
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
June 17  
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 


Thanks for supporting our ranch, and local, healthy food!
Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex
Posted 5/15/2014 11:03am by Ralph Mitchell.

Next week, we will be delivering orders to most of our delivery points.  We have even added a BONUS delivery date for Temple next Thursday, May 22.  We have several special items in stock for the start of the summer grill season.  Please place your order via the online store, as orders emailed directly often get lost.

Brazos 2nd May Market:, We will be at the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market for a second time in May, on May 31.  This will be a good time to stock up on grilling cuts for those summer cookouts.  We anticipate we will have several items on sale that day, to make room in our freezers for the June harvest..  

Special Cuts in Stock: By popular demand, we have T-bone steaks, ribeye cutlets, and loin K-bobs this month.  We also have Steak Sampler packs available, in addition to our other packs.  Short ribs, soup bones, oxtail and tongue were in inventory as of the writing of this letter, but will not last long.  The bountiful spring grass means extra-rich fat for rendering.  We have 2 8-12 pound bags in stock for rendering.  (who remembers what french fries used to taste like before vegetable oil?)

Below is the market and delivery schedule for May and June.  Especially with the warmer weather, please be sure to make your pickup point, or notify us of the need to change.  Although we'll do our best to keep your product frozen, sometimes it is many hours after the scheduled delivery before we get back to the ranch.  We are not responsible for thawing of orders that are not picked up as scheduled.

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

Brazos Farmer's Market, 8-noon, corner of Wm. J Bryan and Texas ave
May 31, June 21
 
Round Rock:  Renaissance Square Shopping Center, 1601 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664 1:30-1:45.  In the parking lot outside the Exchange Church
May 20, June 17
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
May 19, June 16
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
May 25, June 15
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
May 22, June 14
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
May 20, June 17
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 


Thanks for supporting our ranch, and local, healthy food!
Sara, Ralph, Eric and Alex