Denton Vegan Coop

Denton Vegan Coop at the Denton Community Market. Photo from the group’s Facebook page

Traditionally, colleges are a great place to be vegan. And I think that definitely holds true for University of North Texas in Denton. Besides being home to Texas’s only all-vegan store, Vegan Freak, Denton is also home to the Denton Vegan Cooperative.
The Denton Vegan Coop is a group of six people who bake at the Jupiter House Europa and sells their goods at the Denton Community Market on Saturdays, where they share a booth with Peace Kitchen, another vegan group. Typically they have nachos, ice cream, breads, muffins, and cookies. Since some of those can be hard to find at the average grocery store, I’m sure this is a huge boon to area vegans and people with milk or egg allergies. They also have a special each week, and this Saturday’s special is biscuits and gravy, a Texas specialty. Other specials have included donuts, spring rolls, and kraut rolls. I don’t know what a kraut roll is exactly, but I want one!
Denton Vegan Coop also sell their goods at both Jupiter House Coffee locations. I’m crossing my fingers that Denton changes their laws to allow food carts, because a Denton Vegan Coop food cart would be a great addition to the UNT campus.

Vegan Freak in Denton

Vegan Freak in Denton, Texas. Photo by mollyjade  

I was in Denton for a UNT graduation ceremony, so I grabbed the opportunity to head to Texas’s first all-vegan store, Vegan Freak. Yup, Denton. As you can see, the store is garishly bright, so I was surprised when I stepped inside. The place is nice. Like the inside of a high-end salon or a gift shop. I was expecting to step into Hot Topic crossed with Food Fight Grocery, but I was standing in the waiting room at Aveda.

Vegan Freak is big on personal care products, cleaning products, and healthy snacks. The owner was excited to show us some vegan icy-hot stuff that he’d recently gotten in stock. I guess there are lots of aging vegans and vegan athletes in need of some hot-cold healing. There were also some great-looking candies, flax crackers, and kale chips. Vegan Freaks carries both Texas-made vegan quesos: Nacho Mom’s and Food for Lovers. But the real magic (at least for a food lover like me) was in the refrigerator and freezer.

The cold cases are stocked with vegan cheeses like Teese (remember when everyone was really excited about Teese?) and Match mock meats. As far as I know, Match isn’t sold anywhere else in Texas. I haven’t tried anything Match yet, but the folks at Meet the Shannons put it in everything, and their food looks great.

And then the grand reveal.

Y’all, Dr. Cow aged nut cheeses are available in Texas! Well, at least in Denton. Sadly, I didn’t have a cooler with me and didn’t want to risk it in the Texas heat for hours. It’s supposed to be amazing, and the best thing ever for eating straight up with crackers. I’m looking forward to my next trip to Denton!