SALADAY: The best day of the week

 

Beginning August 9, in Burleson, each week will have a new day. SALADAY represents a mid-week break from normal routine; a treat for the palate, and a fresh, healthy option for a working lunch.

We will bring new taste treats to your office door — every week, all year long! We’re not only renaming that middle day of the week; we’re creating a whole new day!

DFW Aquaponics Farms is launching a delicious, delectable, delivery service. Every Wednesday, for a set monthly fee, you can have a hearty salad lunch brought directly to your office or shop in Burleson, a different selection each week, depending on the harvest and the season.

It’s our contribution to our city’s ongoing efforts to promote health and fitness; and we think it’s the neighborly thing to do! Our local Aquaponics farm is producing a bounty of goodness, and this is our way of sharing the bounty.

Saladay was announced publicly Wednesday, July 19, at the regular monthly meeting of the Be Healthy Burleson steering committee.  Each salad features Certified Naturally Grown lettuce and other salad greens from our farm in Burleson, along with a rotating selection of quality vegetables, fruits, nuts, toppings and unique dressings, many of them organic produce from our friends at Burleson’s City Market.

Our thanks to Kurt Jaeger of City Market, for allowing us access to his kitchen prep area and for allowing us to use a portion of his walk-in cooler for our salads and lettuce.

Why not assure your place at our community table by placing your order now? We’re working on a streamlined order form right here on the website — it should be ready for use within a few days. For now, though, email your intent to participate by sending your name, the name and address of your business, and the number of salads you’re ordering to saladay@dfwaquaponicsfarms.org. We’ll send billing information and a confirmation by return email.

Price per delivered salad is $10 plus tax; a total of $40 (or $50) a month. Monthly menus will be posted here on the website.

The inaugural salad was our version of a “summer light” potato salad, with a mix of perfect small heads of Butterhead and leafy Bibb lettuce, tiny potatoes, petite tri-color tomatoes, tangy radishes and green onions. Zesty mustard vinaigrette hints of the French countryside, and pumpkin kernels add a bit of crunch.

It’s just one of the special salads you can look forward to when you enjoy SALADAY with DFW Aquaponics Farms!

Certified Naturally Grown

Exciting News!

There’s a lot of exciting news from The Farm these days, and we’ll share more in coming days.

First, though, DFW Aquaponics Farms, LLC has received official acceptance to the Certified Naturally Grown family of farmers nationwide. We are the first aquaponics facility in Texas, and one of only a few farming operations in North Texas to receive acceptance.

Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) represents a grassroots network of farmers and beekeepers who are dedicated to producing and supplying fresh, natural, healthy food for local communities. It is distinctive in that it does not rely on government regulation, but rather on a model of peer inspections and voluntary compliance known as a participatory guarantee system. It’s an approach that works for thousands of farmers nationwide and in global markets. One of the basic tenets is that peer associations promote networking, advocacy and education efforts, help to strengthen the idea of sustainable farming and provide better access to fresh, locally-grown food.

Certification types include Produce, Lifestock, Apiary, Mushrooms and Aquaponics. The process includes a declaration that indicates a willingness to meet and uphold certain standards. Then, because Certified Naturally Grown is an interactive association of committed farmers, there is a requirement not only to submit to inspections, but also to perform inspections.

WP_20161210_007We at DFW Aquaponics are pleased to be the first in our area, and we look forward to being joined by other North Texas aquaponics growers in coming months. We have always believed that networking is valuable. We now encourage other aquaponics enthusiasts – as well as other local farmers – to get on board with Certified Naturally Grown!

Loretta and I hope that the Certified Naturally Grown label will become widely accepted as a measure of quality – for produce sold at area farmers’ markets and in independent grocery stores throughout the country.

After all, we’re in the business of producing good food. And we’re serious about it! We view CNG as a supplement to the “Organic” label, not as a substitute.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting the Good Food Revolution by looking for and buying Certified Naturally Grown products whenever possible!

We’ll give you more information soon, but DFW Aquaponics Farms has also just been approved as a vendor at the Grand Prairie Farmers’ Market. We’ll be there with our lettuce beginning Saturday, April 1. We’d love to have you come visit us!

David Cohen

Growing , growing, grown!

The frame is finished for our new production greenhouse
— thanks to a great group of volunteers.

It didn’t start out as a wonderful day. In fact, it was chilly and foggy, damp and drizzly.

Saturday, January 14, became a wonderful day, though, in every way!

The new greenhouse frame at DFW Aquaponics Farms in Burleson is now at its full length of 120 feet. The hoops are standing. Over the next week, we will attach the purlins to support the hoophouse covering. It’s a major step along the path toward commercial production of fresh, locally grown produce for our local communities.

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Thank you to all who helped!

We consider ourselves fortunate to have a group of Aquaponics enthusiasts who come out on a regular basis to exchange information, to participate in classes, to share experiences, and to support one another in the effort to grow fresh, healthy food. We are proud to be among the growing number of Aquaponics growers throughout the country.

Our 20 x 50 Aquahouse in Burleson has served us well — just this month we began supplying City Market Burleson with a variety of fresh, leafy greens and the response from the community has been gratifying. But the smaller greenhouse was always intended to be an R&D facility rather than a commercial enterprise. It is and will continue to be available for school tours, ongoing classes and a variety of learning experiences. It has been a great beginning; we also look forward to transitioning into some new areas of urban agriculture. More on that subject later.

Our new 20 x 120 greenhouse will allow us to supply fresh produce in a variety of ways — to local groceries, restaurants and nearby farmer’s markets — as well as to grow a wider variety of greens, fruits and vegetables. Now that the frame is nearly complete, the next steps will begin — building the growbeds and installing the systems, the plumbing lines and the electrical service.

We look forward to upcoming Saturday workdays. Anyone interested in learning about Aquaponics is welcome, both at our First Saturday Gatherings and at other events, including workshops and seminars.

Let’s all work together to assure the success of the Good Food Revolution!

 

 

Farm to Market to Table

Fresh, local and alive — Burleson-grown lettuce is available at City Market Burleson. Yes, in January!

What a journey this has been — and what a year this is going to be!

We made our first delivery of fresh leafy greens grown in our Burleson “Aquahouse” this week to City Market in Burleson, a home town grocery committed to bringing healthy food and great service to residents of the local community.

Fresh, local and alive! is a reality in this forward-thinking North Texas town. And DFW Aquaponics Farms is delighted to play a small part in the good food revolution that is taking root here and all across the country.

This first commercial harvest marks a milestone in the growth of Aquaponics production in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Although we are not the first, nor the largest, we are proud to be a part of it all.

This week marked our first delivery, but we look forward to growing a wide variety of fresh, healthy produce in the months to come — the tomatoes are ripening on the vines and our strawberry plants are beginning to set fruit.

We hope you’ll check back often to see what we have growing — and be sure to shop at City Market to show your support!

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Several varieties of lettuce ready for the trip to market!
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David Cohen loading the harvest.
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The new store display. From left, Kurt Jaeger and Ben of City Market, David Cohen.
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A new concept in “fresh and local.” Lettuce still with roots on!
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Tomatoes ripening on the vine in the Burleson greenhouse of DFW Aquaponics Farms.
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Greenhouse strawberries — a growing experiment.
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Loretta Messinger — overseeingrows of leafy greens at DFW Aquaponics Farms.