8 Farmers and Ranchers Making DFW Scratch Kitchens More Delicious

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8 Farmers and Ranchers Making DFW Scratch Kitchens More Delicious

KristinaRowe, NewsCastic

The Ranch at Las Colinas hosted its 8th Annual Farm to Fork Showcase on November 21 and the lure of tasty bites and live music was more than we could resist. The place was buzzing with dozens of local food and beverage producers on hand to sample their offerings. 

If you've never eaten at The Ranch, you should make it a priority. One bite and you'll know why they're among the finest "scratch kitchen" restaurants in the area. Sample a few items, and you'll get why Texas food simply tastes better. Check out of a few of the folks we met who provide the food you love at The Ranch and some of your other favorite DFW dining spots.

Heart Brand Beef

Owned by fourth and fifth generation ranchers in the Beeman family, HeartBrand Beef produces Certified Akaushi Beef. Even if you can't pronounce it, you'll love eating it at Dagwood's Grinders and Growlers, Hopdoddy, and Cattleack Barbeque. Raised without hormones, the beef from HeartBrand has a nice buttery flavor you'll love. 

C & L Foods

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Owner of C & L Foods, Cindy Cox-Murray (pictured above left) has worked in the beef and poultry business for over 33 years. Their specialty is hormone free poultry, but they also distribute beef, veal, and pork products. Along with local meat distributors in Dallas, they're a supplier to Humperdinks and Cowboys Stadium. 

Fruge Seafood

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Family owned Fruge Seafood Company started with a crawfish farm in Louisiana. Today they source seafood from the Gulf of Mexico in addition to crawfish from Louisiana. Their distribution center in Grand Prairie makes fresh premium seafood available to restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Owners Mike and Mark aren't afraid to namedrop from the DFW dining world — the chefs at Mudhen Meat and Greens and CBD Provisions are Fruge fans.

Veldhuizen Cheese Shop

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Dublin, Texas is famous for Dr. Pepper, but that sweet soda better make way for a new favorite. Veldhuizen Cheese Shop produces 15 varieties of artisan raw milk cheeses. We guess they're probably all good, but the Redneck Cheddar was a little bit of heaven. Fort Worth restaurants Reata and Bonnell serve Veldhuizen's cheesy deliciousness as do Prime Farm to Table in Flower Mound, Cool River in Irving, and dozens more great DFW eateries.

Round Rock Honey

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A true wildflower honey, Round Rock Honey is in demand from field to hive to table. Several area restaurants serve it, and you can also find Round Rock Honey at HEB, Trader Joe's, Kroger, and even Walmart. Want to learn more about honey bees? They offer Honey House tours in Round Rock, but you can also attend beekeeping classes in the Dallas area.

Little Orchard Pecans


The pecan tree is the state tree of Texas, but we hear some pretty good pecans are grown in Oklahoma at Little Orchard Pecans. The Ranch procures their pecans there, and their yumminess is served at Whiskey Cake in Plano as well. The farmers market at Whiskey Cake sells bags of their pecans and their incredible lip balm made from pecans. You can also go nuts and buy them online.

Village Farms

Greenhouse grown tomatoes from Marfa, Texas make their way to DFW stores and restaurants via Village Farms and Dallas area distributor of fresh foods, Hardie's (you can't miss the pretty produce trucks driving around Dallas with the Hardie's logo). We know there's no tomato like a Texas tomato, so it's no wonder these gems are served in fresh foods (and beverages!) all around the area.

Rosewood Ranches

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Perhaps you've heard of Wagyu beef, but if not you've certainly heard of Kobe beef, and that's the specialty at Rosewood Ranches. Owned by the Caroline Rose Hunt family and managed by Kenneth Braddock (pictured above right), they maintain sustainable and holistic ranching programs and provide hormone free Wagyu beef to some of the finest steakhouses in DFW. Dine at The Mansion on Turtle Creek or at III Forks, or order your favorites online.


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