- $12 for $20 worth of groceries, merchandise, and farm-to-table sandwiches, salads, tacos, and more
- On-board chef uses fresh meats and organic produce to make dishes.
Urban Acres, with its farm-to-table cafe and popular produce co-op, is a haven for Dallas locovores. The company traces its roots back to humble beginnings inside a Volkswagen Rabbit driven by a part-time personal chef named Steven Bailey. Fed up with underwhelming store-bought ingredients, he climbed into the car one weekend and began stopping off at farms to buy the freshest ingredients he could find. That road trip became a recurring event, and word began to spread—according to D Magazine, hungry locals treated Bailey "like Cortez returning from the New World bearing cocoa" when he came back from each trip.
Today, Urban Acres supplies scores of Dallas residents with organic produce, dairy, and grass-fed meats from local farmers and artisans who never use pesticides, hormones, artificial flavoring, or magnetic force fields. Co-op members can pick up a bounty of fruits and vegetables at an array of locations, while members and non-members alike can shop at a vintage farm store lined with reclaimed wood. And in recent months, Executive Chef David Rodriguez has "taken the cafe menu to task," according to Dallas Observer, by dishing up seasonal specialties such as the gourmet "fig and pig" sandwich.