Hello Dallas Food Nerd readers! My name is Kim and I am a self-proclaimed Dallas Food Nerd! Today I want to share with you all about the Urban Acres food co-op that I belong to. I’ve gotten quite a few questions about the Urban Acres food co-op from my blog, Healthy Living in the City, so I thought I would share the process over here with all of you Dallasites.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Urban Acres, it’s a food co-op located in Oak Cliff. Every Saturday the wonderful people of Urban Acres set out to various pick-up locations across the greater Dallas area, hitting the same spots every other week. So the day before the scheduled pick-up I get an email outlining everything that will be in my bin for the week. A lot of people ask me if I get to choose what I get. The answer to that is, no. But I’m a fruit and veggie head so for the most part, I love everything I get. For those foreign-to-me ingredients, it forces me to play around and try them out, and for the few produce items that I don’t like, well, it also forces me to try them in new and different ways, hopefully sparking a taste for them after all. So this week’s selection includes:
Right when I get this list, I begin planning my menu for the next two weeks. I flip though cookbooks and magazines to find recipes that feature the ingredients that will be in my bin.
Saturday comes and I pick up the delicious organic produce.
Once I get it home, I clean out my produce bins. A lot of dirt collects in the produce bins since all of this wonderful produce is fresh from the farm; dirt and all. I just recently bought some microfiber clothes which do wonders cleaning out the produce bins.
Then I organize the fruit and veggies into leafy greens and more more hearty produce. Everything that needs to go in the refrigerator gets placed in its designated bin and the non-refirgerated items make their way to my produce basket on the counter.
And there you have it, two weeks worth of delicious organic produce brought to me by a local business! If you have heard of Urban Acres before and are on the fence about joining, I highly recommend it! If this post has inspired you to join, great, you will thoroughly enjoy it!