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Where’s the Beef?

country-meat-market-tyler-tx-3 By Jessie Stevens

I’ve heard it from many of my friends, “It’s almost hunting season!” This means nothing to me; I don’t hunt, but I certainly love good quality meat – and fresh all-natural meat is even better. It has a different flavor, and there is just something great about knowing that you have the best available on your plate. It is even better if it was produced locally. Tyler has a few options, both fresh and available to you in a restaurant, where you can get the best around.

country-meat-market-tyler-tx-09Country Meat Market

“Freshly cut meat from your local butcher shop” is the slogan, and it is also the reason that Country Meat Market has been in business for 62 years. According to them,“The Country Meat Market is a family-owned-and-operated butcher shop. We have been in business since 1954, and our shop offers the freshest meats in town. Originally established by Bud Morris, The Country Meat Market carries on Bud’s tradition of offering fresh, hand-cut steaks and specialty meats. Although he has passed on, Bud’s family continues to operate the business, and our store has been in the same location for more than 50 years.”

country-meat-market-tyler-tx-99Quality meat is key, and Country Meat Market offers Black Label Reserve Beef, which is the finest beef available in East Texas. The Morris Family spent 10 years developing the specifications that ensure the most tender and flavorful beef you can buy. The history shows in the quality of each step. All of the beef is Angus/Hereford Blend, which are English breeds that are considered the most flavorful and tender. No Brahman or dairy influences are allowed, and ranchers and packers sign affidavits certifying animals’ English heritage. This beef is truly Breed Specific, not just a color. Black Label Reserve grades are in the top 2/3 of Choice. This is as close to Prime as is available. Cuts available are Ribeye, Bone-in Ribeye, Tenderloin, Sirloin, and Brisket. All of these are fresh and cut by hand to your order. This beef is grass/grain vegetarian fed, and hormone and antibiotic free. Because they bring in the whole animal, all cuts are available from ribeye to all roasts, bone-in and boneless.

You can also find the freshest and most tender pork in all of East Texas at this butcher shop. Their most popular pork item is Country Meat Market’s specially made bacon, which comes from a 60-year-old family recipe. It is a sugar cured and hickory smoked slab of bacon that they offer freshly-sliced daily. This is bacon like Grandma used to serve!

country-meat-market-tyler-tx-4Additional pork cuts available include pork steaks, pork roast, center-cut pork chops (boneless or bone in), pan sausage and breakfast sausage (ground daily), baby back ribs, pure pork sausage links (ground in-house and available in German, Cajun, Regular, Italian, and Cheese and Pepper flavors).

“They cut [the meat] while you watch and package it however you want. This is what a meat market is supposed to be like. They have the best and freshest meat around!” said Bud Moone from Kilgore on a recent visit.

Country Meat Market has long been known for their unique and heavenly Specialty Filets. They are Bud’s 41-year-old recipe made with the smallest tenderloins they can find, trimmed even closer to make sure it is only the most tender flavorful meat, then wrapped in sugar-cured, hickory smoked bacon creating a fantastic flavor. These are great on the grill, baked, or smoked. They come in 6-ounce and 8-ounce sizes.

They also offer a full line of natural chicken (boneless, skinless breasts, bone-in breasts, leg quarters, and wings) that are free of hormones and steroids and fed with natural feed that does not contain animal byproducts.

country-meat-market-tyler-tx-5Country Meat Market has fresh produce, many locally created specialty items and all that you need to create a heavenly meal.

Check out their Facebook page (@countrymeatmarkettyler) for special items that they may carry in limited supply and specials.

Country Meat Market is located at 2308 E. Front St., Tyler. They are open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm. Saturdays they serve their own meats cooked with local restaurant’s favorite recipes. For more info call (903)405-3205 or go to countrymarkettyler.com.

country-meat-market-tyler-tx-6What About Kabob & His Gyros

Located at 713 W. Southwest Loop 323, Tyler, nestled in a shopping center, What About Kabob (WAK) has expanded both its restaurant dining space and its menu. The new owners have made changes galore, and you will want to check this out.

WAK is now offering carry-out quality beef – Cypress Creek steaks and burgers to be exact! These are grass fed Angus beef – all natural, hormone free, antibiotic free, USDA dry aged awesomeness! All Cypress Creek meats come with WAK’s signature steak butter, and all hand-made burgers come with your choice of burger toppers.

Just walk in and pick up what you’d like for dinner from their cooler or you can place your order online at shop.cypresscreeksteaks.com and pick it up locally at WAK.

Cypress offers Angus ribeye, t-bone, tenderloin, filet mignons, Porterhouse steaks, Berkshire, Red Waddle, Heritage pork; gourmet burgers and ground beef, Country-style ribs, roasts, half and full sides of beef and pork, and “Dog Lovers” raw bones, which remove trapped food particles from the teeth and assist in the prevention of plaque buildup and gum disease especially in the back molars. All products are USDA Choice or Prime, dry aged, and vacuum packed to preserve freshness and quality.

cypress-creek-meatsSign up for WAK’s VIP club and they will send you all kinds of deals, starting with a free order of Pita Chips and Tiki Sauce for a limited time. Simply text “KABOB” to 51660 to sign up.

For more info call (903)581-7971 or go to whataboutkabob.com or cypresscreeksteaks.com.

Lonesome Lady Ranch at Rose City Farmer’s Market

Lonesome Lady Ranch is available at the Rose City Farmer’s Market in the parking lot of Juls Restaurant thru November every Saturday 8-12 noon. They are currently selling chicken, lamb, and beef (ground beef, sirloin steak, stew meat roast) plus sausage and brats.

13537633_1758469714394838_7428782178262167505_nLonesome Lady Ranch can’t get much more local! It is owned by Alissa Rhodes. She says, “The ranch is run by me, with help from my mother and grandmother who moonlight as ranch hands. As a city-girl, born and raised in Houston, I never had much to do with animals growing up, but after learning about the disturbing practices America uses to raise animals now, I knew that I wanted to be part of a change. We’re a local family farm in Tyler, Texas, raising pastured poultry, eggs, lamb, and grass fed cattle. Using sustainable rotational grazing management, all our animals are allowed to be on pasture 24/7 to ensure they have the highest quality of life while producing the most healthy and nutrient dense products possible. Our pastures are free of any commercial herbicides, and our animals are free of any added growth hormones, drugs, or genetically modified food used by the commercial food industry. Using these methods, we produce great tasting meat and eggs for your table!”

lonesome-lady-meat-farm-ranch-tyler-txAs well as being part of the Rose City Farmers Market, Lonesome Lady Ranch offers a share program called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). This is a relationship between farms and the consumer that allows a seasonal “membership” in return for a monthly share of products from the farms. This allows you to support three different family farms in a way that lets them plan their livestock production for a more consistent market while providing you with the freshest and highest quality meat and egg products for your family. “This strengthens our relationships with the community and makes you an integral part of our business and family,” Rhodes said.

Victory Farms of Alba, Texas provides the pork portion of the shares from their pasture-raised, non-gmo and non-soy fed hogs. Lonesome Lady Ranch of Tyler, Texas supplies the grass fed lamb and chicken, and eggs portion of the shares from the pasture-raised, non-gmo and non-soy fed, free-range chickens. Twin Pines Beef of Garden Valley, Texas, supplies beef from their 100% grass-fed, no antibiotics or hormones added Angus-cross cattle.

Shares will be delivered to drop-off sites in Tyler, Lindale, or Dallas or direct to your door once per month for a small fee and can be conveniently billed on a monthly basis. You can join anytime during the season and charges will be prorated. CSA members also receive first choice for rarer products such as lamb, turkeys, and artisan and cured meats and a 5% discount off all retail prices (excluding eggs) when added to their order through Lonesome’s webstore, which is available to members.

Sign-up and be part at csa.farmigo.com/join/pineywoodsfarmalliance/fall2016.

You can pick up meats on the Lonesome Lady Ranch farm by appointment by calling (832)262-0745, e-mail to lonesomeladyranch@gmail.com, or signing up for their mail list at lonesomeladyranch.com.

Rose City Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday 8am-12 noon in the parking lot of Juls located at 7212 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. They have an amazing roster of East Texas farmers and artisans. For more info go to Facebook at @rosecityfarmersmarket or go to foodcoalition.org.

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Festival of Fruit: 34th Annual Tomato Fest Saturday, June 9th

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34th Annual Tomato Fest Saturday, June 9th

Welcome to Jacksonville – home of the best tasting fruit – tomatoes!

Local farmers are busy getting ready for the upcoming 34th Annual Tomato Fest in Jacksonville, Texas by planting acres of the best tastin’ tomatoes. Join the celebration Saturday, June 9th in downtown Jacksonville for a BIG day of activities that will be happening all day long. Over 200+ vendors and all kinds of festival food, including the famous fried green tomatoes, Farmers Market, $500 Got Talent Contest, Car Show, Motorcycle Show, Tennis Tournament, Soccer Tournament, Softball Tournament, Entertainment, Kidz Zone, and so much more will cover 5 blocks downtown. Tomato events include Salsa Contest, Tomato Eating and Peeling Contest, Tomato Archery, Tomato Shoot, Best Home Grown Tomato Contest, Tomato Packing Contest and tour the Tomato Shed. Saturday evening, Chili’s Street Dance will take place featuring Brian Chance Band and Lady Chazz and the Tramps. 

Activities kick off on Saturday, June 2nd with a 5k run sponsored by All Smiles. Monday, June 4th and Tuesday, June 5th is Family First Clinic’s corporate challenge Dodgeball Tournament. On Wednesday, June 6th, a Gospel Concert sponsored by Whataburger featuring, The Group, will perform at Central Baptist Church. New this year on Thursday, June 8th  is the Farm to Table dinner event that will take place at Castle on the Lake on beautiful Lake Jacksonville and will be catered by Rob Gowin, Sadler’s Kitchen & Catering. A 4 Man Scramble takes place at the Cherokee Ranch Golf Club on Friday, June 8th. The final Tomato Fest week celebration ends at Lake Jacksonville with a Ski Show on Sunday, June 10th.

Taste for yourself the best tomatoes and fun festival packed with lots to do for everyone.  For additional information, contact Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce at (903)586-2217, or go to  JacksonvilleTexas.com/Tomato-Fest or Facebook.com/JacksonvilleChamber.

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East Texans Learn to “Live Healthy”

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This Month at Integrative Health Matters:

Integrative Health Matters offers a healthy alternative to losing weight.

“Food is the real medicine. Through our innovative, hands-on programs, we aim to inspire healthy change through education. Diseases, chronic conditions, inflammation, and immune system disorders are often attributed to diet. Food is the medicine that can fix the problem. Integrative Health Matters is lifestyle medicine. It’s not about drugs and doctor’s appointments. It’s about how to eat right, how to think right, and to understand all the things we have to do to stay healthy,” said neurosurgeon Guy Danielson, medical director and founder of Integrative Health Matters. “This is root cause (medicine), not covering up symptoms with something from the pharmacy. The pharmacy is out in the garden.”

The public has opportunities to visit Integrative Health Matters at any of these classes:

  • Every Wednesday (12:15-1:15pm) – Mindful Movements ; (5:15-6:15pm) – “Just Breathe” Meditation
  • May 4th (10-11am) – Functional Food Friday: Detoxing
  • May 8th (6-7:30pm) – Kitchen Talk: Tabbouleh with Karol
  • May 11th (10-11am) – Functional Food Friday: Eating Seasonally
  • May 21st (6-7:30pm) – The Good News About Type 2 Diabetes
  • May 22nd (6-7:30pm) – Kitchen Talk: Raising Healthy Eaters
  • May 25th (10-11am) – Functional Food Friday: Eating Healthy on a Budget

Cooking classes offered twice monthly are in-depth health and cooking presentations. These “Kitchen Talks” invite the public into the IHM instructional kitchen to learn to cook tasty and nutritious meals and create a healthy home environment.

Integrative Health Matters is located at 419 WSW Loop 323 #400 in Tyler, next to La Madeleine. For information about Integrative Health Matters, contact (903)595-8077 or visit ihm.life.

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Pure Bliss at M6 Winery

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Celebrating Life & Good Things

Written and Photographed by Barbara Greenbauer

Take some time to wind down, breathe, and enjoy a superb glass of wine at M6 Winery & Tasting Room and Gift Shop in downtown Bullard. Owners Joe and Anne Moody set the pace as the charming and affable owners who greet you at the door and welcome you inside.

The atmosphere is palatable the minute you arrive, inside the front door is a Texas trove of hand-made one of a kind wood pieces that can either house your own wine collection or accent it. Move along into the inner room and you will feel right at home as you order wine, food, and listen to live music.

Joe Moody is in his element and passionate about his foray into the wine business. Relying on his business background and his interest in the wine-making industry, he has developed an inventory of his own, a grand selection of whites and reds that will be taste bud treats to either the wine connoisseur or novice.

“Wine is about celebrating life and the good things,” explains Moody. “Anne and I have traveled from California to Italy and experienced multitudes of vineyards and tasting rooms.  We were ready to bring all of our experiences to East Texas.” M6 derives its name from the Moody’s family of six, including the four grown children who were a piece of the business from its infancy. M6 Winery & Tasting Room is nestled on a corner of downtown Bullard, a piece of property Joe Moody has owned for over 20 years that has served as his office for both an oil/gas and real estate business over the years.

“Creating a good wine is an act of love and patience,” explains Moody. “Grapes cannot be rushed and in the process, you have to be aware of what you are looking for in a flavor profile. It takes a lot of planning and preparation; blending is like art with different aromas, colors, and flavors.”

The tasting room is an experience in itself, from the beautiful front and center bar fashioned from the ribs of wine barrels to the tin roof and rough cedar ceiling accents. Choose your wine and sit back while local musicians entertain.

There’s another great space outside that the Moody’s affectionately call The Vinery, a vine-covered patio with plenty of room and great furniture to sit on while you  enjoy the Texas weather.

Your palette will applaud you when you sample an M6 original wine. White wines include the Blue Norther, an aromatic semi-sweet Riesling with hints of apples and stone fruit. The Bluebonnet is an off-dry white blend, perfect for poultry, fish, and pasta dishes. Or try the Sweet TexAnne, named for Mrs. Moody, with sweet honeysuckle and strawberry overtones. This wine is perfect for summer salads and cheeses and is sweet enough to serve as a light dessert wine.

The Texas Viognier is an unoaked, medium to full-bodied dry wine, with notes of pears, honeysuckle, and tangerine. It pairs well with roasted poultry, orange chicken, seafood, apricots, fennel, capers, or pumpkin.

M6’s Rosé wines include the Blushing Texan, a semi-sweet Rosé wine blend with a light pink color. The appropriately monikered Tyler Rosé is a dry blend with a touch of High Plains Zinfandel. This blend was created especially for our local Tyler market and its famous association with roses.

If red is more your thing, there are lots to choose from. Friendship Red is made with the hearty Ruby Cabernet grape. It is a great compliment to all things pasta, as it goes great with all sauces, from marinara to Alfredo.

The Moodys very first Signature Blend is Vintner’s Touch, a bold red blend that pairs well with roasted meats. This blend is made from grapes grown both in Texas and California.

Red Texana is great with Texas BBQ or Tex-Mex dishes. It is full-bodied and made from the Ruby Cabernet grape. It has a spicy finish.

Feel free to pair your wine with meat, cheese, or combo plates, olive oil with bread and spices, or a slider plate. Paired flights include a chocolate or cheese, and of course, you can do a Tasting Flight of five different wines and keep the signature M6 tasting glass. M6 wines range from an affordable $18 to $28 a bottle.

Be part of the family and join the M6 Wine Club to experience the best of their offerings with five special wine shipments annually. When it’s time to get your selections, M6 offers a complimentary glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres to members at pickup parties.

M6 can host your private party and create personalized wine labels to commemorate any event from birthdays to anniversaries.

Joe has nothing but compliments for the wine-growing community in East Texas, saying “We are all very supportive of each other and share resources and information.”

Mark your calendars for the Piney Woods Wine Festival, running May 11th-12th and join M6 and the other 18 wineries on the trail for a spectacular weekend of music, art, and of course, lots of wine to taste.

Lauren and Bobby Grounds from Tyler wanted a new destination and searched the internet for wine and live music and found M6. “We love this venue,” said Lauren. “It’s very different and fun, and the wine is fantastic.” They were trying the Blue Norther and the Blushing Texan with a cheese plate and Billy said “We will definitely be back. We like the atmosphere here.  It’s very welcoming.”

Joe is thrilled that M6 wines are featured at favorite Tyler restaurants, including Rotolo’s, Dakotas, and the Grove. “Mention that you would like to try an M6 wine and you won’t be disappointed,” he said.

The Moodys welcome you to experience M6 Winery & Tasting Room. “We want everyone who visits us to feel like they are our honored guest,” said Joe Moody.

M6 is open Saturdays from 1-6:30pm and is located at 201 W. Main St., Bullard. They can be reached at (903)360-0369, by email at info@m6winery.com, or on Facebook at M6Winery.

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