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Posted 4/30/2014 3:06pm by Ralph Mitchell.

May beef is in stock!  Our first market is May 3.  We have several special items in stock for the start of the summer grill season.  Be sure to place your order early, to ensure you get the items you desire.  Things like soup bones, short ribs and organ meat have been selling out quickly.  Please place your order via the online store, as orders emailed directly often get lost.

Brazos May Markets:, We have 2 Brazos market dates in May! May 3 will be a special market with extra activities and vendors.  Be sure to stop out!  When you order, please specify in the comment section which date you want your order.  

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 3, 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 8, 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
Posted 4/24/2014 8:58pm by Ralph Mitchell.

Time to order CSA packs for May (and June).  Our May deliveries start on May 3, so we will be packing CSAs on May 2nd.  Please place your order via the online store, no later than Friday (May 2) noon, to ensure your pack for May.

Brazos customers, please note that we have 2 Brazos market dates in May; May 3 and May 31.  When you order, please specify in the comment section which date you want your pack.  

I have listed a tentative schedule for June, which may be subject to change once my boys' summer schedule is finalized.

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
May 3, 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 8, 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)
Posted 4/11/2014 3:46pm by Ralph Mitchell.

 Whew!  it's been a crazy start to our spring.  Aside from the usual calving and other cow-related activities, we've had more than our share of extra excitement.  A month ago, both our working Mama Blue Heelers gave birth to a total of 13 puppies!  They are just beginning the weaning process. and will be ready to find new, active lifestyle homes in a week or two.  Email us if you would like more information.  On the down side, the late March storm hit us pretty hard, turning our hay barn into a twisted pile of metal and downing several trees (and the fence underneath).  Thanks to Ralph's hard work and the hands of some neighbors, we are nearly cleaned up, and all our cattle are back home where they belong.  

We're running a little behind on the beef business, but will be ready to start our April deliveries as scheduled.  Now is the time to place your orders for any of the delivery dates between now and May 1.  Please place your orders through the online store.  

Packs:  We have Value, Variety and Grill packs in stock.  Price-saver hint--packs are now a better value than ever!

Halves, Quarters and Eighths:  One of the best ways to lower your cost is to order halves, quarters and eighths in even-numbered months, saving up to 25% over retail prices.  Halves, quarters and Eighths are available in even-number months.Bulk beef can be reserved through the end of 2014 via our online store.  Price per packaged pound is $9.25 for eighths and $9.00/lb  for quarters.  Halves are priced on a carcass hanging weight (non-cut) basis and are $5.25 per pound hanging weight, which converts to $8.00-$8.50/lb packaged weight.

Below is the delivery schedule for April and May.  

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
Apr 19, May 3, May 31
 
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
Apr 22, May 20
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
Apr 21, May 19
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
Apr 27, May 25
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
Apr 24, May 8
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
Apr 22, May 20
 
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 4/8/2014 9:15pm by Ralph Mitchell.

There are CSA packs available for April, if you have not yet ordered one.  We will be packing them on Saturday, so please place your order via the online store, no later than Friday evening.  

Thanks,

Sara

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A clarification on the general price increases, that was sent out to the general e-mail list.  

As CSA members, you price is guaranteed for the calendar year.  So, you will not see an adjustment to CSA prices until January 2015.  

 

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.
Apr 19
 
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
Apr 22
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
Apr 21
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
Apr 27
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
Apr 24
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
Apr 22
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 
 
Posted 3/19/2014 2:40pm by Ralph Mitchell.

Our March delivery schedule resumes this coming Saturday with the Brazos market. Next week, we'll be doing deliveries at Dyer Mercantile in Georgetown and in Temple.  We'll wrap up March with a delivery point at Live Oak Church in Cedar Park on Sunday, March 30.  Note:  I am out of town until Friday, so orders for Saturday's Brazos market placed this week may not get invoiced prior to the market.  

Remember that effective April 1, prices will increase approximately 75 cents per pound for most cuts.   Orders placed for March delivery will be at the current pricing.  Orders for April will be adjusted to the new prices, which will be updated in the online store at the end of the month.

Halves, Quarters and Eighths:  One of the best ways to lower your cost is to order halves, quarters and eighths in even-numbered months, saving up to 25% over retail prices.  Halves for April are already sold out.  Quarters and Eighths for April must be reserved by March 24 Bulk beef can be reserved through the end of 2014 via our online store.  Pricing for April is $8.50/lb for eighths and $8.25/lb for quarters.  For June and August, the price will increase 75 cents per pound to $9.25 and $9.00 for eighths and quarters, respectively.

Below is the delivery schedule for March and April.  

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.
Mar 22, Apr 19
 
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
Mar 11, Apr 22
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
Mar 10, Apr 21
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
Mar 30, Apr 27
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
Mar 27, Apr 24
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
Mar 25, Apr 22
 
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 3/8/2014 12:55pm by Ralph Mitchell.

CSAs are being packed this afternoon and tomorrow.  If you have not ordered a March CSA pack and want one, please place your order via the online store ASAP.  I will zero out the inventory online once all packed portions are claimed for the month.

Thanks,

Sara

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A clarification on the general price increases, that was sent out to the general e-mail list.  

As CSA members, you price is guaranteed for the calendar year.  So, you will not see an adjustment to CSA prices until January 2015.  

 

If you want a CSA pack for March, please place your order before 8 am Friday morning.  I will be packing on Friday, and will be releasing the remaining beef for retail sale.

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Time to order your March packs, and/or April if you want to plan ahead.  Odd-numbered months are the primary CSA month, with packs available in even numbered months as inventory and bulk orders permit.  We have our harvests planned out through the summer to generally have 20-30 bimonthly and 8-eighth CSA packs available in odd-numbered months and 10-15 bimonthly and 4 eighth in even numbered months.

The delivery schedule for March and April has been set, and inventory is updated for CSAs. You may order your CSAs through the CSA member-only page of the online store.  Please place March CSA orders by March 6.   

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.
Mar 22, Apr 19
 
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
Mar 11, Apr 22
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
Mar 10, Apr 21
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
Mar 30, Apr 27
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
Mar 27, Apr 24
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
Mar 11, Apr 22
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 
 
Posted 3/5/2014 11:37am by Ralph Mitchell.

As beef consumers, not producers, I expect most of you don't follow the cattle markets very closely.  If you did, you would have watched prices at the sale barn for live cattle skyrocket over the past 6 months.  The price increase is sufficiently unusual that it is even making it to mainstream media, such as Time and the Wall Street Journal.

Over the past few years, we've had to downsize our cow-calf operation due to drought and some major life events.  As a consequence, half or more of the beef we harvest is born on other ranches.  We buy Angus calves from other local purebred breeders who have similar bloodlines and production practices to our own.  Most of these friends have been supplying us with anywhere from 1 to a couple dozen calves per year since we started.  We have a mutually beneficial relationship with our production partners; they allow us to select the cream of the crop for our beef program and we historically have paid a nice premium over the sale barn price. 

With the recent high beef prices, we've all had to make some adjustments.  Sale barn prices are now 50 cents per pound live weight higher than we have ever paid to our cooperative producers, including the premium. That 50 cents translates to over $1.00 increased cost per pound of processed beef!  Fortunately our cooperating producers have been been willing to accept sale barn prices from us this spring, to help us get through this crazy period. 

But, the bottom line is still affected.  Even with belt-tightening, we have to pass on some of that increase to our final product, or we would be better off taking even our own cattle to the sale barn.  Effective for April deliveries, prices will increase approximately 75 cents per pound for most cuts.  Our March delivery schedule starts next Monday, March 10.  Orders placed for March will be at the current pricing.  Orders for April will be adjusted to the new prices, which will be updated in the online store after the March 22 Brazos Market.

Halves, Quarters and Eighths:  One of the best ways to lower your cost is to order halves, quarters and eighths in even-numbered months, saving up to 25% over retail prices.  Halves for April are already sold out.  Quarters and Eighths for April must be reserved by March 24 Bulk beef can be reserved through the end of 2014 via our online store.  Pricing for April is $8.50/lb for eighths and $8.25/lb for quarters.  For June and August, the price will increase 75 cents per pound to $9.25 and $9.00 for eighths and quarters, respectively.

Below is the delivery schedule for March and April.  

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.
Mar 22, Apr 19
 
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
Mar 11, Apr 22
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
Mar 10, Apr 21
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
Mar 30, Apr 27
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
Mar 27, Apr 24
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
Mar 11, Apr 22
 
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 3/1/2014 11:03am by Ralph Mitchell.

Time to order your March packs, and/or April if you want to plan ahead.  Odd-numbered months are the primary CSA month, with packs available in even numbered months as inventory and bulk orders permit.  We have our harvests planned out through the summer to generally have 20-30 bimonthly and 8-eighth CSA packs available in odd-numbered months and 10-15 bimonthly and 4 eighth in even numbered months.

The delivery schedule for March and April has been set, and inventory is updated for CSAs. You may order your CSAs through the CSA member-only page of the online store.  Please place March CSA orders by March 6.   

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.
Mar 22, Apr 19
 
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
Mar 11, Apr 22
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
Mar 10, Apr 21
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
Mar 30, Apr 27
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
Mar 27, Apr 24
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
Mar 11, Apr 22
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)
 
 
Posted 2/11/2014 2:38pm by Ralph Mitchell.

If you haven't already, it's time to place orders for February's market and deliveries.  We are very well-stocked for the month, so now is the time to reserve the cuts you've been craving.  We start our month with the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market this coming Saturday, Feb 15.  Next week, we're delivering to the Round Rock, Dyer and Temple delivery points. 

Ribeye cutlets, soup bones and short ribs in stock for February!  The online store inventory has been updated for February deliveries.  This month, we will have Ribeye cutlets (for the world's best chicken-fried steak), soup bones, brisket, oxtail, beef fat and organ meat available--all of which have been in short supply in recent months.  Value, variety and Grill Packs are also available this month.  And, as always, our tasty and tender steaks (tenderloin, bone-in and boneless ribeye, NY strip and sirloin)

Halves, Quarters and Eighths:  Don't forget, you can order halves, quarters and eighths in even-numbered months, saving up to 25% over retail prices..  Halves can be reserved for April by submitting and order and deposit by March 19.  Quarters and Eighths for April must be reserved by March 24  Bulk beef can be reserved through the end of 2014 via our online store.  

The delivery schedule for February and March has been updated.  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.
Feb 15, Mar 22
 
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
Feb 18, Mar 11
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 
Feb 17, Mar 10
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
Feb 23, Mar 23
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
Feb 20, Mar 27
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
Feb 18, Mar 11

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 2/5/2014 9:13am by Ralph Mitchell.

Occasionally, we have a beef animal that exceeds even our high standards.  When we've got beef that is very well-marbled (high Choice or Prime) and extremely tender (4+/5 on the tenderness score) we designate it as "Captain's Cut".  In March, we will be harvesting a beef that missed that designation by 1/2 point on the tenderness scale.  We are offering 4 1/8th beef shares in March to our subscription members at the regular CSA price.  You may reserve one of these through the online store, even if you are normally a bi-monthly CSA member.   I will make the regular March share inventory available later this month.

If you want a CSA pack in February and have not yet ordered, I have extended the deadline to this Friday, Feb 7.  I will be packing CSAs on Saturday morning.  You may order a February pack even if you got one in January.  

There are a few extra January CSA packs still available The January CSAs were packed with beef dry-aged nearly twice as long as typical.  This special long-aging increases tenderness and flavor intensity.  This is the kind of flavor bragged about by high-end restaurants, although there are people who find it too strong.  If you would like one of these packs for February, let me know via e-mail or in your order comments and I will reserve one for you if it is available.  

If you have a January pack, please give us feedback.  We are considering doing this occasionally and offering it as a special item, if there is a demand.  

Summer Sausage:  We've got a fresh batch in stock and you can order extra 1 lb. sticks at a discount through the CSA member order page.

The delivery schedule for February and March has been set, and inventory is updated for CSAs. You may order your CSAs through the CSA member-only page of the online store.  

Changes in Delivery Points:  Below is the schedule through March. 

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

Brazos Valley Farmer's Market 8-noon,
Feb 15, Mar 22

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
Feb 18, Mar 11
 
Arboretum Brick Oven  (next to Jolleyville HEB) 11:00-11:30 Usually 2nd Mondays
Feb 17, Mar 10
 
Live Oak Unitarian Church 33151 El Salido Parkway 12:00-12:30
Feb 23, Mar 23
 
Temple 902 S. Main, Temple   Thursdays  11:30-11:45
Feb 20, Mar 27
 
The Mercantile at Dyer Dairy 7801 E. Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX  Tuesdays 11:00-11:30
Feb 18, Mar 11
 
By arrangement at the ranch (please call or e-mail to schedule)