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A big part of in.gredients is getting to know our community. Austin is filled with people who care about food, sustainability and building community with their neighbors.
Meeting Maggie- the writer, photographer and recipe developer for From Maggie’s Farm- was like a breath of fresh air. With a big heart and an even bigger laugh, she filled in.gredients with her magnetic personality as she wandered around getting inspired for her feature on our website.
Maggie is a farmer in the hill country of Texas. Known for her canned goods, she produces artisan foods using sustainable, organic food from her garden. Her blog is full of stories about life on the farm. The challenges and humor that comes with raising goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits. Beautiful photographs accompany every post, and best of all are the recipes. Oh, the recipes.
After her trip to in.gredients, Maggie developed a Pumpkin Pork Belly Mixed Bean Cassoulet recipe that is drool-worthy. This recipe was made from items that she found in the store, and she wrote a two part series about her trip to in.gredients.
Maggie took the time to get to know the store and our ethos. By writing up such a thoughtful review of her experience she emphasizes the importance of shopping mindfully and supporting local farmers and businesses.
Her budget for most meals is $5 per person, and she was able to prepare this dinner-party-worthy dish AND meet her budgeted allowance. A win for Maggie and a win for the store.
We’re blessed to have such a vibrant food community. The people of Austin love to grow, gather, produce and eat together. And when you’re filling your stomachs with Maggie’s pumpkin pork belly, you remember why you love living in Austin.
Her delicious recipe can be found here. Happy Eating!
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What is it?
A monthly variety of sustainably-raised meats from local farmers, including Bastrop Cattle Company, Windy Hill Farm, Dewberry Hill Farm, and Richardson Farms!
How it works
The inaugural BCC Meat Club begins in September 2012 and runs through February 2013. The cost of each membership is $1000 for six monthly orders of all your local meat needs.
Initial payment: $400 due on Friday 31 August 2012 to reserve your membership and ensure BCC is able to process the appropriate amount of meat.
Monthly selection: Each member will receive a monthly “Meat List” by the 5th of each month, highlighting which products the BCC Meat Club will be offering members that month.
Submitting your order: Each member will have until the 10th of each month to submit their monthly order.
Monthly meat pickup: BCC Meat Club will send you an email notification when your order’s ready for pickup. This will occur during the third or fourth week of each month, and specify when you can pick your order up.
Order payment: Payment is due when you receive your monthly order at BCC’s pickup location.
Pickup location: in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road, Austin TX 78722 (map here).
Why you should join
- All animals are raised in local pastures by family farmers and ranchers.
- All animals are hormone-free and antibiotic-free.
- All animals are humanely treated.
- Texavore: $1200 for 6 months
- Localvore: $500 for 4 months
At in.gredients, you don’t have to stress over product labels. We make finding healthy food with pure ingredients easy for our customers by, well, only selling healthy food with pure ingredients.
While many stores sell healthy food with “real” ingredients, few will carry only real foods. It’s common to have to constantly read product labels to make sure you’re buying something without artificial fillers or color dyes, since real foods are mixed with other products that wouldn’t fit the same bill.
We want to make it easy for you to shop at our store – easy to make good decisions. So we’ve weeded out what’s not “real” (for our definition of that, read here). Having a small store helps a lot with that. Don’t worry, we’ll still have product labels – but you won’t have to read them to learn what chemicals you’re eating.
(image: Patrick Lane Photography)
Our friends at Urban Patchwork Neighborhood Farms are celebrating three years of transforming Austin’s food culture by starting local, mesh networks of neighborhood farms, teaching Austinites how to grow food where we live. The celebration? A fun birthday filled with food, music, and revelry at the Sustain Center!
Saturday’s event will include live gardening demonstrations, a hand-crafted chicken coop raffle, live music from Sally Allen, free drinks thanks to Tito’s, and a peek at Urban Patchwork’s strategic plan as it enters its fourth year.
What:Urban Patchwork Neighborhood Farms 3rd Birthday Celebration
When: Saturday July 7 2012, 6:30PM-9:30PM
Where: Sustain Center, 443 Bastrop Highway, Austin TX 78741
Some helpful info: Folks attending are encouraged to come picnic-style. Bring blankets, beach umbrellas, hats, frisbees, and lawn chairs – and be ready to enjoy music while watching the sunset!
The in.gredients Garden
As some of you know, our store garden‘s a part of Urban Patchwork’s Cherrywood CSA, serving our neighborhood. Produce grown in our store garden is distributed via the CSA, and the CSA’s surplus will be sold at in.gredients after our store’s open. We’ve enjoyed working with Urban Patchwork and supporting their mission, and look forward to celebratin’ with y’all on Saturday!
(image: in.gredients team)
According to the The New York Times, while “local farm sales are becoming more stable, predictable, and measurable,” big agriculture’s struggling to find labor, causing its price advantage over locally-grown food to slowly shrink. Indeed, the local food movement‘s creating a “vibrant new economic laboratory for American agriculture.” Just another reason to, as they say, “go local”!
We’re looking forward to supporting local food producers when we open. Soon.
(image: Napa Farmhouse)
Wondering where your food comes from? At in.gredients, we believe you deserve to know the source of your food and understand how it gets to your local grocery store – and take a transparent approach when giving product information to customers.
However, in.gredients isn’t everywhere – and we want all of you to be able to make informed buying decisions at your local food markets. Real Time Farms provides a pretty cool interactive, crowd-sourced food guide allowing you to figure out where your food’s sourced, whether it’s kale or antibiotic-free meat, from a restaurant or farmers’ market. There’s no support for grocery stores yet, but the website’s already a great resource for food-conscious consumers. Check it out!
(image: Eclectic Recipes)
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we first announced our IndieGoGo fundraising campaign! Last June we pushed the in.gredients idea out to the public, curious to see if anyone would support our cause.
A year later, that cause is almost a reality! Our Manor Road storefront in Austin is finally nearing completion – so we want to take a chance to look back at how we’ve gotten here and look forward to seeing in.gredients come to life:
Our IndieGoGo campaign ends with a bang: $15,455 raised in eight weeks. Plans for the storefront buildout are finalized.
September 2011-January 2012
Our rocket speed’s slowed by construction permitting delays – so we make the most of the wait with community events (Yelp! Passport to Cherrywood event, a Halloween party, numerous film screenings), and use the extra time to fine-tune our store operations. Hanging out with some of our biggest fans on Saturday mornings, we knock out the construction tasks on the building that don’t require a building permit.
Finally, groundbreaking, after an unfortunately long waiting period! Construction of our storefront begins.
Construction continues, and our vacant garage begins to look more and more like a store. Our own Christian Lane and Brian Nunnery discuss in.gredients at SXSW. in.gredients hosts its first in.sessions – small, intimate recordings with artists from around the globe (videos here). in.gredients also announces its partnership with Urban Patchwork, a local mesh network of urban farms in the Cherrywood neighborhood, and plans for a store garden that’ll be a part of the Cherrywood CSA.
The buildout continues, with momentary delays as a few construction-related complications arose. The in.gredients online community votes to paint the storefront green. The store garden’s planted with the help of Urban Patchwork, and summer plants take root.
June 2012 (Today)
Construction enters its final stretch. The in.gredients team prepares to move into the new storefront and get things ready to rock! The garden’s summer plants begin producing. A long, long wait begins to come to a close. Thanks to all of you for your continued support, and for hanging in there with us!
July-August 2012 (Tomorrow)
Expect in.gredients‘ opening to be unique – our final days will not resemble anything folks would typically expect from a traditional grand opening. In fact, we’re not even calling our debut a “grand opening.” Keep your eyes peeled (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, here) for news of what’s up.
in.gredients has begun its final descent into Austin. Please fasten your seatbelts and put your tray tables in the folded, upright position… we’ll be on the ground shortly.
We’re thrilled to be amongst Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2012 100 Brilliant Companies…we’re blushing bright red!