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!

The Farmstand opens June 21

DFW Aquaponics Farms plans to welcome summer in a big way this year. Lettuce and other salad greens growing in both our demonstration greenhouse and production facility are thriving, so we’re making “fresh from the farm” produce available to local residents on a limited basis beginning the first day of summer, Wednesday, June 21.

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DFW Aquaponics Farms is the only Certified Naturally Grown aquaponic facility in Texas, and one of only 12 in the nation.

Although popular in more rural areas, there aren’t a lot of farmstands around the Metroplex. This is a great opportunity to pick up fresh local greens, possibly some tomatoes, and “picked from the source” herbs without straying far from home. Availability of specific greens will depend on plant maturity.

The farm is located at 7512 FM 2738 in east Burleson, and it’s easily accessible off Rendon Road at 1187 South.

Farmstand hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

In addition, we will have local eggs and perhaps honey from a local beekeeper! We hope to establish this as a true Community Farmstand and we welcome inquiries from other local growers. All produce offered will be farm fresh and naturally grown! We hope the Wednesday and Sunday operating hours will make good food more readily available for local residents and we hope to get to know many of you as friends during the season.

Lettuce, salad greens and herbs are also available from DFW Aquaponics Farms each Saturday through mid-December at Grand Prairie Farmers Market, and soon at select other markets in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. We’ll keep you updated on locations and times, and hope to see you wherever and whenever it’s convenient!

A unique urban agricultural facility, the farm began operation with an aquaponics teaching and demonstration greenhouse in December 2016. The 20×120-foot commercial production greenhouse was completed in May 2017. Ultimate production capability will be approximately 1,000 heads of lettuce each week, along with varieties of chard, kale, bok choy, spinach and herbs, including basil, mint and chives.

David Cohen and Loretta Messinger, principals in the unique farm, also operate a smaller demonstration greenhouse on the property. It serves as a workshop for collection of hard data on costs, crop yield, water quality, system operation, and energy consumption. It also serves as a teaching facility and includes both deep water troughs and media beds, allowing cultivation of varied produce that might include beans, vining tomatoes, cucumbers and even root vegetables on a limited basis.

The Farm invites inquiries from school groups, garden clubs, community organizations and interested area residents. Tours are available for a nominal fee, and a series of classes is offered for individuals interested in aquaponics as a hobby or a small business enterprise. Call or email for additional information.

We look forward to having you stop by DFW Aquaponics Farmstand!

 

 

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