If you’ve spent much time in Historic Downtown McKinney, you’ve probably noticed that we have a bit of local food movement going on here. There are many benefits to eating locally, including freshness, seasonality and a smaller impact on the environment. Several of our local merchants have figured out how to combine these benefits with plain old deliciousness, so I’m pretty excited to see the movement taking off.
While I’m not sure who “started” the McKinney local food movement, it first came to my attention when Patina Green opened several years back. Run by Robert and Kaci Lyford and Luann Van Winckel, Patina Green has a vintage home store with treasures from across the world and a Market and lunch counter to die for. Robert is the Market chef and prepares locally sourced, ethically produced food daily.
Our food is REAL. We celebrate and respect the farms and animals it comes from, the people who grew it, raised it, and prepared it. – Patina Green
But not only does Patina Green have local food, they have darn good local food. Go try the Spaghetti Squash, TX Goat Cheese, Sweet Onion, Dinosaur Kale, Walnut Pesto, Sourdough sandwich. It’s my favorite. And if you like your sandwiches more traditional, you might agree with The Food Network Magazine that the Hickory Smoked Ham, Smoked Cheddar Cheese, Jalapeno Jelly, and Jalapeno Cheddar Loaf sandwich is the best in Texas.
After you’ve finished your sandwich, and the complimentary cookie that comes with it, you can pick up some of the very same local ingredients that Robert uses to increase your use of local ingredients at home.
Speaking of using local ingredients at home, how about locally raised, grass-fed beef, processed on site and moved right into the butcher case? That’s exactly the scenario at Local Yocal in downtown McKinney. When Matt Hamilton realized that local beef producers faced the almost impossible challenge of having their product processed on a small scale, he set out to change that. By encouraging cooperation among local ranchers Matt was able to create Local Yocal, where you can purchase the freshest, local, grass-raised beef available in the area.
We decided we wanted more confidence in knowing what we were really buying and consuming, so we took production into our own hands, and that passion is what lies behind what we are bringing to our store and your families! – Matt, Local Yocal
Local Yocal enjoys an excellent reputation among the local merchants, with their beef being served at Square Burger in McKinney and several restaurants in Dallas including The Porch, The Front Room and Hibiscus.
My family’s favorite Local Yocal product is the Wagyu brisket. It is so tender and delicious, you need to take it easy on the sauce on this one so you don’t cover up the delicious flavor. I am sure you could find the perfect cut of beef for your holiday dinner or New Year celebration in the butcher case at Local Yocal, too.
Do you know of any other great sources for local food? Please share them with us in the comments – we’re always looking for more!
Photo Credit: Patina GreenPatina Green Home and Market
116 N. Tennessee, Suite 102
McKinney, TX 75069 Local Yocal
213 N. Tennessee
McKinney TX 75069