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Farm to Market Report: Weekend of June 16-17

Our Farmers Market gal, Erin Ahlfinger
Nearly anyone shopping farmers markets this weekend can prepare to be entertained. Chances are you won’t have to go far to find festivals, cooking classes and demonstrations, and foodie fun.

Celebration Farmers Market: Joy Farm is back with some unique organic produce including Armenian cucumbers, sweet orange paruche and yellow currant cherry tomatoes, goldenrod, and black zucchini. If you’re on the market for sweet treats, Stephanie’s Premium Bakery will be out this weekend. She makes amazing citrus shortbread, but what you really want to try are her Triple C cookies (cherry, chocolate chip and chili flake). The spice of the red chili makes a late entrance behind the velvety chocolate and tart cherry, right about the time you start to think “these aren’t spicy.” Gotcha.

4515 W. Lovers Ln.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Coppell Farmers Market: This Saturday is Vendor Appreciation Day. Vendors will be provided breakfast before the market and customers are invited to show their favorite vendors and producers some love. Melons of all kind will be taking Coppell by storm this weekend. Pick out a juicy one while you listen to live bluegrass tunes by the Horny Toad Rangers.

793 S. Coppell Rd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Dallas Farmers Market will hold two classes on lacto-fermentation Friday. Participants will be using this additive-free preservation process to make their own mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup and hot sauce, and taking home a half-cup of each condiment. Apart from being great for people with special dietary needs, lacto-fermented foods have numerous health benefits, and require no refrigeration. Those who still insist on Heinz afterward can appreciate the number of post-apocalyptic scenarios wherein they would be members of an elite group of people able to properly dress a hamburger. Sign up now. Registration closes today at noon.

Swing by between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Saturday for Mama Ida’s Ice Cream Social. Culinary students from the Dallas County Youth Village will enter their most creative ice cream, sorbet and gelato flavors. Five bucks buys you a spoon to taste each and every one of them and cast your vote for the winner.

1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Fairview Farms Marketplace will have peaches, tomatoes and cucumbers. If landscaping is on your to-do list, they’ve just received some beautiful ivy plants that are hybrids of green and purple varieties.

3312 N. Central Expressway
Tuesday – Sunday , 8:00 a.m. – 9:00p.m.

 

Frisco Farmers Market: Double D Farms will have heirloom tomatoes, green onions and garlic. Little John’s Plant and Produce will be selling plenty of fresh tomatoes, onions, green beans and squash, but why shouldn’t all members of your household be eating natural food? G’day Pet Care will be there selling fresh pet food that they’ll also deliver to your house.

6048 Frisco Square Blvd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Grapevine Farmers Market: Silver Queen white sweet corn will be in just in time for Father’s Day grilling. Local berries, peaches, tomatoes, and soft-skin summer squash have had a strong showing in recent weeks, and this one will be no exception.

325 S. Main Street
Thursday – Saturday,  8:00 am – 4:00 p.m.

Four Seasons Market: Cita’s Salsa will be in Richardson this Saturday with their amazing Red Rage salsa (and two others), but if you prefer to load up on tomatoes, onions and peppers and make your own, El Sol Gourmet Foods will be out with a dry salsa seasoning mix they’ve just added to their product lineup. Add that to some eggs from La Esperanza Farm and you’re one tortilla short of breakfast tacos. Bold BBQ will be there for the first time serving up juicy tender meat fresh from their smokers in Wylie, TX.

677 W. Campbell Rd.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square: Greer Farm is new to Chestnut Square this weekend, and they’ll have scrumptious fresh berries grown in Daingerfield, TX. If you can’t make it by the big market for great local produce and old-fashioned fun, swing by their smaller market tonight at Adriatica at 6851 Virginia Parkway from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m. They have a condensed assortment of vendors, but many of the same great foods and crafts vendors. Check with their website to see if your favorite Chestnut Square vendors will be at the Thursday market.

315 S. Chestnut St.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
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Grand Prairie Farmers Market will have peaches as far as the eye can see, not only the fuzzy sort, but also of the kind on four wheels. The Fourth Annual Main Street Cruise and Car Show will rumble into the market this Saturday, so be sure to give yourself time to ogle the onions and the collection of classic and modern cars.

Long-time vendor Tony Vann Farm will have a great assortment of vegetables from Montague County, and Texas Heritage Beef will have grass fed beef from Fort Worth. If you have an adventurous sweet tooth (and I hope you do) try the dessert chips and sweet salsas by Dread Head Chef Michael Weinstein. The jury is still out on whether you should have them as an appetizer or dessert. The strawberry mango salsa with the cinnamon chip was my favorite combination, though I found myself wondering whether I should omit the chip and put the salsa on ice cream. There’s a solid dessert nacho recipe waiting to be born here, but I’ll leave that to the chef.

120 W. Main St.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.  –  1:00 p.m.

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market: Carter Farms will be the primary supplier of fruits and veggies this weekend, and Burgundy Pasture Beef will be selling their hormone-free grass fed beef. The Downtown Arlington Farmers Market will have a remarkable selection of local wines from five different Texas wineries.

 

215 Front Street
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. –  1:00 p.m.

Rockwall Farmers Market is holding the “Just For Kids” art alley this Saturday from 9:00 to noon. Crafts, face painting, balloons, sidewalk chalk, and even a magician will be on hand to entertain the little ones while you shop squash and Texas tomatoes. All family fun is free of charge.

325 South Goliad
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cowtown Farmers Market: Chef Gwen Grimes of Artisan Baking Company isn’t just a baker, she’s a state-certified culinary instructor. She’ll be at the Cowtown market Saturday sharing canning and drying techniques, and other ways to preserve your summer harvest (or the harvest of your favorite famer). If your market finds are destined to make the trip from market to mouth relatively soon, chefs from the Culinary School of Fort Worth will be giving cooking and grilling demos using fresh foods from the market.

3821 Southwest Blvd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Deep Ellum Filipino Fest: If June 12th came and went and you didn’t have a single glass of halo halo to celebrate Filipino Independence Day, fear not; the Filipino fun ship has yet to leave the harbor. Live music from Filipino artists, a Filipino food competition, and a handsome showing from the over 30,000 Filipino-Americans that call DFW home will flood the streets of Deep Ellum on Saturday. Enjoy some purple yam fries, cupcakes or cake balls or sip beverages born of jack fruit and sweet mung bean while you soak up some of the rich Filipino culture you might have missed out on Tuesday. Paul Quinn College students will be there selling vegetables and herbs from the We Over Me Farm. Their impresive selection will include several varieties of tomato, two kinds of carrots and three kinds of beets. Also expect black eyed peas, okra, bell and jalepeno peppers, collard greens, spearmint, chocolate mint, and Italian oregano.

2800 Block of Main St.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.