South Austin Brewing Company's tallboy microbrews are here! Read on for more about SABC and everything new at Wheatsville this week!
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.
Local producer Austin Eastciders uses dozens of rare antique cider apple varieties (the apples with which hard cider was traditionally made) to produce flavors that have not been widely experienced in America since Prohibition. Read on for more about their Gold Top and Original Dry ciders and everything new at Wheatsville this week!
Steve's Ice Cream produces artisanal small batch dairy and non-dairy ice creams, sourcing ingredients and mix-ins from other small local producers and craft artisans. Read on for more about Steve's and everything new at Wheatsville this week!
Steve’s Ice Cream offers small batch dairy and non-dairy ice creams in unique flavors, sourcing ingredients and mix-ins from other small local producers and craft artisans. Of the high quality ingredients used, the milk and cream base for the dairy varieties is procured from a local diary cooperative, the chocolate and cacao is from Taza (the only producer of organic stone ground chocolate in the U.S.), and even the coffee ingredients are from a local roaster using organic, shade-grown beans. Steve's Ice Cream is a member of 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of the company's total sales to environmental groups around the world. Reg. $7.99 16oz
Whiter, cleaner and fresher than canned equivalents, So Delicious Dairy Free Culinary Coconut Milks come in eco-friendly containers and are the perfect replacements for heavy dairy cream and canned coconut milk. Certified USDA organic and available in Original and Lite versions, these are the perfect additions to creating your favorite curries, creamy soups or desserts! Packaged in easy to pour, re-sealable containers, the milks are also formulated to work in recipes that call for a 14 oz can of regular coconut milk. Reg. $2.39 11oz
Remember those familiar cheese crackers you grew up with? Well, these aren't them. Free from dairy, trans fats, and GMO's, new Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar squares pack a cheesy flavor punch like you wouldn't believe. Reg. $3.79 6oz
They seriously are super delicious! Their natural flavor profile is buttery and smoky, perfect for snacks, salad toppings and ingredients for other raw dishes. Go Raw Organic Sprouted Watermelon Seeds are high in protein, a good source of iron, and resealable for freshness. Reg. $8.99 10oz
Lotus Foods produces traditional Japanese-style ramen noodles made from gluten-free organic heirloom grains. Produced with either Forbidden Rice, Jade Pearl Rice, or a blend of Millet & Brown Rice, each variety is packaged either as a complete meal with a miso soup packet or as 4-pack ramen noodles ready to add to soup, stir-fry or for a cold noodle salad. Ready to eat in just 4 minutes. Individual ramen noodle packs, Reg. $1.79 ea; 4-packs with miso, Reg. $5.99 ea.
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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.
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.
Boar's Head All Natural
We also offer some uncured Niman Ranch meats:
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!