Urban Acres CEO Joe Chou gave up the corporate life for a big pay cut and a job he loves. The mission of Urban Acres to buy from local organic farmers to offer the cleanest food possible is what motivates him. “We’re doing something really good for the farmers,” Chou says. “They’re the true heroes. Their job is really hard, and it yields low profit margins. They’ve sacrificed everything. I don’t know how they do it.” Urban Acres, which moved to its space on Beckley about a year and a half ago, offers a produce-share service and a market, selling a selection of grass-fed beef, local organic produce and a curated selection of other groceries. Urban Acres also is a restaurant, serving a small menu of breakfast and lunch dishes, and it’s working on an all-day brunch menu. Every Friday, pizza is offered from 4-8 p.m. And twice a month, they sell 24 tickets at $85-$105 a pop to a farmstead dinner with chef Melissa Wagner and at least two farmers in attendance.

Urban Acres
1605 N. Beckley at Greenbriar

Cafe and market

Price range:

8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 4-8 p.m. Friday for pizza only, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Did you know?
Melt Ice Creams, which has a shop in Fort Worth, is planning to open a mini shop inside Urban Acres this summer.