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Nacogdoches farmer, chef join forces to create pre-packaged meal business

Produce grown by the farmers, Cindy and Bryan Pruett will be prepared by Chef Cid. The pre-packaged meals will be ready to eat or freeze.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Produce grown by the farmers, Cindy and Bryan Pruett will be prepared by Chef Cid. The pre-packaged meals will be ready to eat or freeze. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Most produce will come from the Appleby Community Farm. Chicken, beef, eggs, and Alaskan Salmon will be menu item,s too.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Most produce will come from the Appleby Community Farm. Chicken, beef, eggs, and Alaskan Salmon will be menu item,s too. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Farmer Bryan Pruett and Chef Michael Cid have a new business venture called, The Farmer and The Chef. (Source: KTRE Staff) Farmer Bryan Pruett and Chef Michael Cid have a new business venture called, The Farmer and The Chef. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Perhaps your New Year's Resolution is to eat healthier. 

A new venture called The Farmer and The Chef may help you reach your goal. The idea was introduced this week at the Nacogdoches Farmers Market.

Farmer Bryan Pruett and Chef Michael Cid are teaming up to offer pre-packaged meals ready for the customer to eat or freeze.

"It came really quick,” Cid said. “Folks want and have the best of intentions to eat healthy. They want to buy locally."

However, time and ability are the excuses to do otherwise, so the Farmer and The Chef can do it for you.

"Our meals will actually be prepared for you, and all you have to do is heat 'em up and enjoy,” Cid said.
 
Most of the ingredients will be grown by Pruett and his wife Cindy at the Appleby Community Farm.

"It's seasonal, so we'll have to focus on what's in season at the time,” Bryan Pruett said. “Also encourage other growers in the area to get involved with something that could be lucrative for them as well."

"Lemon from our lemons, almonds, dates, nettle vinegar and grape seed oil,” Cindy Pruett said.

"Oh yeah this looks great,” Cid said.

The winter menu isn't limited to the tasty kale and collard green salad. 

"We may do chicken picatta one day,” Cid said. “Salmon croquettes another. Soups, as well as salads to go with it, so it's quite a huge variety."

They are offering two meals per week with membership levels ranging from $35 to $65 per week. 

"You get two meals for the price of eating out once,” Cid said.

Customers pick the meals up each Saturday at the Nacogdoches Farmers Market.  

Membership deadline for the first month is January 1. Pick up starts on Saturday, Jan. 7. Membership information can be found at the Appleby Community Farm Facebook page.

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