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Got milk? How about local, organic, low temp pasteurized milk from a co-op? How about local eggs, yogurts and kombucha (we’ve even got one named after us). If you eat vegan, gluten free or any alternative diet you will come to think of this department as heaven. Here you’ll find local tempeh, tofu, and veggie burgers. There is bulk tofu, alternative meats, gluten free bread, even ready-to-bake vegan cookie dough.

Take your time in our frozen aisle – this is where some of the best deals are. It’s a great way to stock you freezer with local, organic, co-op products. We don’t have a ton of space so you know this is as well-vetted a selection that you will find anywhere in town. We stock this section based on your feedback so you can be sure this is the best there is to offer. It’s also a great place to experiment with gluten free breads, Tiny Pies or alternative ice creams. We know it the best there is to offer.

Slicing and Dicing

You may have noticed that the Meat Department is now slicing your deli style meats. Along with some familiar names we are bringing in some new players and some more options from your favorites.

More uncured and cured options—what does that mean?

It means that the USDA requires processors who do not add salt cure or sodium nitrate /nitrite to their products to label it as uncured. Nitrate/nitrite occurs naturally in some vegetables and leafy greens. Some producers use these nitrates instead of ones that are combined with sodium to cure their meats. All of these products use some form of curing to help preserve them.

We offer cured turkey and ham as well as uncured turkey and ham from Boar’s Head. These are great selections from a very recognizable national brand.

Cured choices:

  • Roasted Smoked Turkey,
  • Mesquite Smoked Turkey,
  • Sweet Sliced Smoked Ham
  • Peppered Ham
  • Black Forest Ham

Boar's Head All Natural

  • Smoked Turkey
  • Roasted Turkey
  • Tuscan Turkey
  • Applewood Smoked Ham
  • All Natural Roast Beef.

We also offer some uncured Niman Ranch meats:

  • The Uncured Corned Beef is brined and roasted—a traditional corned beef that will make any sandwich fantastic.
  • Niman Ranch Beef Pastrami. Get ready to make your own Rueben with Niman Ranch Pastrami and any one of the delicious sauerkrauts that Wheatsville offers.
  • Jambon Royal Ham. Fantastic! Made in a more European Style, this equates to a stronger smoke and salt flavor that comes out with the applewood smoking. One of the best Hams I’ve eaten and now you can get it sliced for a sandwich or cut into as small a piece as you would like!
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Local Farmer Spotlight: H&J Ranch

In January, Jason Ewing and I got the opportunity to go on a field trip to H&J Ranch. Henry and Joan’s ranch has been providing Wheatsville with farm fresh eggs for eight years  and is located just 8 miles east of Austin.

Their 13 acre farm is home to over 500 chickens, all running around doing as they please. Henry and Joan keep the hens happy and entertained with Country & Western music. Henry started raising emus 10 years ago, but a couple years later, they bought twelve chicks and a rooster from Alexander Family Farm and started producing eggs. They’ve also branched out to raise sheep, roosters, and ducks at the ranch.

The only place where you can buy their eggs, besides the ranch, is at Wheatsville. We carry both their large and medium chicken eggs. We also get duck eggs from them when they are available. One advantage of them being a small local producer is that they take back all the Styrofoam egg cartons. They wash and reuse the cartons to save on cost and to combat waste—so be sure to return your cartons to the Hospitality Desk at either Wheatsville location.

The farm has been in Joan’s family for several generations. When I asked Henry if he was ever going to retire, he laughed, and looked over to Joan who said they she wished he would but he is too darn stubborn! Henry replied that he has to do something to keep busy. Henry loves being his own boss, the hard work, and working with the animals. One of the toughest things is dealing with the weather and Joan says that the cold is the worst.

I asked them their favorite way to eat eggs. They said they prefer to eat them fried but Joan also really likes baking with them.

Here at Wheatsville we have a great selection of local eggs but it doesn’t get any more local or community supportive as H&J Ranch eggs so y’all come on down and enjoy their most excellent eggs! This year Henry and Joan celebrate their 50th anniversary. We are proud to have them as one of our most friendly vendors!

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