After a lot of searching for local/organic foods in Bryan College Station, I wanted to give you what I have found. This is not an exhaustive list, only what I have tried. If you know of a great resource that I haven’t posted, please post it to the comments section! And of course you could go to the grocery store to get some organic food, but most of it is not local and there is benefit (not only to your body, but to the farmer as well!) to shopping local, with the changing seasons.
This is a great one stop shop for meat, produce, and dairy! They deliver once a month to the BCS area to BlackBox at 5:30pm, usually on a Friday. I love the pork and chicken from this farm! It can get expensive, but it’s some of the only protein sources I give Max, because I KNOW it is raised well! I haven’t ventured to the beef yet, because we have used a different farm for the past 4 years (before we knew Yonderway existed). I know many people who have purchased beef from them and have loved it! Along with their protein sources, they deliver a veggie box from Pura Vida Finca Farm. We purchased a produce box the last time they delivered and it was a great veggie box! It was all local and all of the veggies were what we use on a normal basis, so everything was eaten! You can find all their info for delivery dates and their order forms on their website link above.
Pros: Excellent quality on all meats! Great selection of produce!
Cons: Only delivers once a month.
This farm is also a one stop shop (located in Cameron, TX) that delivers to BCS area every Friday. We have not tried any meat from them, but we are apart of the CSA. I think it’s $25 to be apart of the farm, it’s just a one time fee you pay. We normally get a box of veggies every Friday, but it has been so hot lately they have not been delivering veggie boxes for the past few weeks. You know, there is something to supporting your local farmer. When the land suffers with drought and heat the people it supports are affected. When you are close to your food source, you know the needs of the land and you feel how everything is connected when you are close to what you eat (Sorry that was a little tangent, I will now continue
. This box costs $30 each week and we pay a delivery driver $20/month for gas. So the total ends up being $35/box. The box has AMAZING veggies and everything is so fresh (and yes, it’s all local). Me and Max went out to the farm a few weeks ago and it’s quite incredible. They use an aquaponics system for some of their veggies and then a field for the rest. The field they use is unlike anything I’ve seen. Everything grows together, not really in rows. It appears wild and the harvesting is pretty cool (sorry my description is lame, it was just really neat to see).
Sandcreek is also a raw dairy farm. The dairy is grass-fed with no grains. This dairy farm also routinely examines and tests their milk/cows for any infections/leukemia/and they aim to have all their cows an A2/A2 herd
. You can also email Alisha from SandCreek, if you have any questions, she is A-mazing and full of information! She was saying it’s one of the only raw dairy farms in the state that is tested. Other things you can purchase: yogurt, kefir, maple syrup, soaps, various sea salts, pork, beef, organ meats, you can also ask for specific add ons to your order (like lettuce/grape fruit/potatoes/or whatever is in abundance)… She sends weekly emails with things that are available to add on to your order, so it kind of feels like you are apart of the farm.
Pros: Local, delivers weekly, and reasonably priced for the amount of veggies.
Cons: There has been a bit of a learning curve with using them, but once you get the first week or so down it’s easy. The process is just not communicated very simply on the website or even when talking to someone. (If you end up wanting to use this one, let me know and I can help you!)
This produce box comes to College Station, every Tuesday evening from Houston. There is no commitment required to purchase a box from the Co-Op, you only need to order it by midnight on Monday (the night before). I enjoyed this box, because everything was organic. I paid $47ish for 1/2 a share (full share is $90) and it was a lot of veggies. There is also fruit that comes with the veggie box. It’s great if you eat a lot of fruit, because we had way more (even in the 1/2 share of veggies) than we normally eat. They also have the option of a fruit share that is $45. I hear it’s a lot of fruit (especially in oranges/bananas). I have not purchased this box during the fall/winter season, so I do not know if the fruit in the veggie boxes lessens during those seasons. The downside to this box, is that not everything is local. The fruit is not local, but it is organic. You know, if you are yearning to eat local, this box and the abundance of fruit is not for you. I’ve contacted a few people that have some pulls with the co-op, and have asked if they would offer a veggie only option. So, hopefully there will be that option soon, for those that aim to eat with the seasons.
Pros: A decent amount of food and it’s organic.
Cons: Not all of it was local.
This is where we get our beef. We’ve used this farm for over 5 years. Every year we purchase a 1/4-1/2 of a cow and we use the entire animal that we receive! It does take us about a year to get through the cow. Keep in mind we are not eating beef for every meal, we supplement with other sources of protein. If you want to use these guys, make sure to order ahead of time!
Pro: great quality at a reasonable price
Con: The cows sell out quick. I think they are all sold out for this year, the soonest you can get a cow, as of now, is 2014.
This is another farm that I’ve heard of and I know of good friends who use them and LOVE them. I’ve heard great things and I think they deliver 2x month.
This is where local farmers gather to sell their produce/protein/and really a lot of different things. This is a great option to shop locally and seasonally. They have a great source of eggs and veggies during fruitful seasons. You do need to ask how they grow their foods, because there are some farmers that use chemicals and pesticides to grow their crops. They set up at the Bryan Health Department every Saturday at 8am.
Okay so, I know that was A LOT of info. If you have any other resources for GOOD/QUALITY food PLEASE post it to the comment section! I’d love to try it out and to help spread the word!
Back Squat Find a Heavy 2 Rep max for today.
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