Our Producers

There’s a togetherness that resonates at Ringger Family Farm. Dale Ringger credits the book,You Can Farm by Joel Salatin, as an early inspiration for his career path. But even more than that, it’s clear that spending time in the field, shoulder to shoulder with his family, is what truly makes every day fulfilling.

Fruitful Hill Farm aka Ringger Family Farm was founded in Bastrop County, Texas by the Ringger family in 2002 as a chance to raise goats and longhorn cattle on a family farm. Dale Ringger wanted to raise his children in the country, giving them an opportunity to learn the responsibilities and care required for their animals.

As fate would have it, this venture turned out to be more “fruitful” than originally planned (pun intended). The family began growing produce using sustainable farming practices. They opted for organically approved pest control; they cared for their soil with composting and essential minerals; they also began cover-cropping and rotating to naturally rebuild the soil on their land. This focus on responsible land stewardship produced the ideal growing conditions for healthy fruits and veggies.

Additionally, the Ringger family produces some of the best eggs in Texas. It’s no small secret that sustainable growing practices and responsible land stewardship can result in better living conditions for the creatures living on the land and all they produce. Their chickens are transported weekly to fresh new pasture in a portable shelter dubbed the “eggmobile.” Not only does this rotating shelter provide protection for the birds, it also emphasizes a more even distribution of animal fertilizer for the soil. We love knowing that the eggs from this farm are cultivated with love each morning by whomever is on “chicken chores,” as they call it.

We’ve also always got an eye out for Fruitful Hill’s amazing sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, melons, winter squash, summer squash, lettuce, greens, turnips, radishes, beets, rhubarb, carrots, cucumbers and more!

At Revel Meat Co, our mission is to contribute to a more sustainable food system by focusing on one of the largest and often times overlooked issues, meat.

Meet Mary Lightsey of Lightsey Farms. Mary was born and raised Texan on land that’s been in her family for over 100 years. Now, she owns and operates that land to grow some truly remarkable produce.

Her grandfather initially established cotton on the land in Mexia, TX, but then made the switch to peaches which are now the primary crop, as well as plums, persimmons, and other fresh goodies for sale. She began her career as a teacher but returned to run the family farm with her sister in 2009 when their father passed away.

From climate change to labor shortages to everyday operations, there’s no lack of challenges large and small in agriculture. But evidence of Mary’s love of her land and her commitment to it is in every bite of the food she produces.

Currently, Lightsey farms grow over 40 varieties of fruits and vegetables, some of which you can find available for pickup or delivery in MilkRun’s produce subscriptions.

Geoff and Anna Martin met over two decades ago and felt the pangs to start a farm together. Their pasture-raised chickens, ducks and heritage turkeys are part of a healthy ecosystem, with a focus on soil vitality, balanced wildlife habitats, and respectful land and livestock management.

We’re delighted to be working with Braune Farms to bring you even more exceptional produce. Locals might be familiar with their October Pumpkin Patch, an annual event featuring hayrides, pumpkin-picking, farm animals, face painting, end even pumpkin put-put. The farm is a fantastic reminder of how we come together as a family and community to celebrate our seasonal offerings straight from the Texas dirt.

Jeffrey and Julie Braune’s farm is located on 50 acres of rich, high-mineral soil in Geronimo, Texas. Along with their four kids, the Braunes started growing fresh vegetables for just their family. Over time, this grew into a conventional row crop farm, and then a sustainable vegetable farm. In total, they farm about 30 acres of land using cover crops and newer farming techniques to work more efficiently, improve soil health, and grow as naturally as possible. Jeffrey and Julie both come from agricultural families; Jeffrey is a 5th-generation farmer, and Julie’s father was an agricultural teacher who passed along an appreciation for farming and ranching.

Just like the quote at the top suggests, this farm is all about family. We work with a lot of farmers pulling double duty as growers and parents, but for the Braunes, the kids are integral and often get involved in planting and picking. It’s not uncommon to tune into their Instagram feed to see the younger generation smiling in the fields.

Just like the quote at the top suggests, this farm is all about family. We work with a lot of farmers pulling double duty as growers and parents, but for the Braunes, the kids are integral and often get involved in planting, picking, and experimenting with meal prep challenges like: What makes the best kale chip? It’s not uncommon to tune into their Instagram feed to see the younger generation smiling in the fields.

We’re glad to consider the whole Braune family as partners in our MilkRun mission. If you discover their beautiful produce in your weekly subscription, this captures the kind of investment we’re always excited about: “You are truly supporting a small family farm and helping to give us the opportunity to continue a long farming tradition.”

Keep an eye out for delicious green beans, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, green onions, white beets, zucchini, strawberries, cabbage, carrots, radishes, kale, collards, and more from the Braune family in your Local Produce subscription!

We are a group of dedicated farmers and passionate educators committed to exploring innovative solutions to enliven the current food system, both locally and globally. 

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