“Organic” is everywhere. It is on the labels of salads, meats, and even snack food. It is on many different restaurant menus. However, the FDA’s rules for labeling something “organic” are vague and sometimes products’ labels mislead consumers. In some ways, the only way to ensure that one’s food is organic is to know exactly where and how the food is grown. In comes the “local-vore”(sometimes called “locavore) movement, which focuses on buying locally-grown, organic produce.
Urban Acres is a part of the Dallas local-vore and certifiably-organic movement. While it may be considered “out of the way” for some located in the suburbs of Dallas, I found that the products carried in the Urban Acres Farm Store in Oak Cliff were well worth the trip. Since I was not familiar with the area, it took me a while to find it. Of course, this was mostly due to my poor sense of direction as they have a perfectly visible vinyl sign over their doorway.
Once in, I bought a few necessary items such as milk and cheese that was produced locally from grass-fed cows, and organic root beer. One really nice addition is that most of their displays tell customers about the product, including where it is from.
Urban Acres is a co-op in which members pay a $50 annual fee, a one-time $12 bin fee and a choice of full share $50 or half share $25 every other week. Becoming a member gives you access to “chalkboards sales,” and certain local produce items not found in the Urban Acres Farm Store. Also, it saves time because you don’t have to drive to the supermarket, pick out which produce, meats and other items you will need for the week, and drive home. Instead, members can pick up their bins each week from any of the Urban Acres Farm Stand locations or the Urban Acres Farm Store.
Urban Acres Farm Stands are located in Addison, Irving, White Rock Lake and Park Cities. Currently, the only Urban Acres Farm Store is located at 1301 B West Davis St. but plans for more Farm Stores are in the works.
If you don’t want to become a member, you can check out the Urban Acres Farm Store since it is open to anyone. The store is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-7pm and Sundays from noon-5pm. When shopping at Urban Acres, keep in mind that they only accept cash or check. Also, it is a good idea to check out their website, www.urbanacresmarket.com. There you will not only find out information on how to join the co-op and directions to their Farm Stands and Store, but you will also find recipes on how to cook products offered by Urban Acres.