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Farm to Market Report: Weekend of June 23-24

Celebration Farmers Market: Joy Farms will have all the same great organic produce this weekend including some great pickling cucumbers. Neighbor Kathleen’s Art Bakery will be there selling fresh-baked pastries and breads. Skip breakfast and try one of their gooey sticky buns. Holleman Farms regularly sells pastured beef, chicken, and eggs here, but this week, they’ll add pork to the lineup. Tip: don’t forget to stop in to the Celebration Market Store before you leave. If you have a favorite artisan food vendor that isn’t at the market, they keep many of their products just inside.

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

Coppell Farmers Market: It’s always sad when your favorite local produce goes out of season and you know you’ll have to wait until next year to enjoy the same fresh flavor. As spring rolls into summer, many of the local markets are helping you battle the seasonal produce blues with instruction on how you can preserve what you buy now for enjoying at a later date. This Saturday at The Coppell Farmers Market, Village Baking Co. Owner and Founder and Chef Clint Cooper will be giving demonstrations on canning tomatoes (you can use the process to can anything) and making preserves. His timing couldn’t be better, as the spring berries are moving over to make room for summer melons this weekend.

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

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Dallas Farmers Market is still recovering from all the fanfare of last weekend, but JT Lemley’s Plants and Produce will be there this weekend. Their variety will just depend on when you go, but they grow a whopping seven different types of squash. So they should have squash covered regardless of when you visit.

The Dallas Farmers Market will host a Simple Dish class next Wednesday on sauce making to help you add a little pizazz to all your summer cooking and entertaining ventures. They’ll cover simple sauces such as mayonnaise, tomato sauce and vinaigrette, as well as some you can use to impress the flip-flops off your neighbors at the next barbecue. Try your hand a tahini, peanut, miso, and pesto sauces and add another star to your personal foodie chart.

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

Fairview Farms Marketplace

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

Frisco Farmers Market: I’ve heard  tale that the white star squash Little John’s Plants and Produce will be bringing are so cute, it feels like a sin to cut them up and eat them. Say yourprayers, throw them into a summer squash casserole and dig in. Sadie B Foodshas been making the rounds with their great Caribbean jerk sauce, and Frisco is where they can be found this weekend. Dr. Blue Berry from Berry Best Farm will be out with certified organic blueberries. Get them while they’re still juicy and sweet.

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

Grapevine Farmers Market: Larken Farms from Waxahachie will be out with some great Texas peaches. Grab a few that are a little too firm to eat and grill them over low heat until they soften up. Sprinkle them with some cinnamon and sugar and toss them onto vanilla ice cream. If you prefer honey to sugar, pick some up from Father’s Bees or AngiLeo’s Nutty Little Market and drizzle that over the peaches and ice cream instead. Heaven.

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

White Rock Local Market is back this weekend and they’re all about produce and artisan foods. Four small farms will try out the farmers market venue for the first time this weekend. IRC Garden, 3 Forks Farm, and Pure Land Organic Farm will have all organic produce. Peachy Page will be there with conventionally grown fruit.

If you have little ones with picky palates at home, you’ll want to come at 10:00 a.m. for cooking demonstrations by two local chefs. Chef Chad Houser, co-owner of Parigi will team up with Chef Randall Copeland of Restaurant Ava and Café Momentum to provide some great insight on how to cook for choosy eaters with farmers market fare.

702 N. Buckner Blvd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Four Seasons Market: Inspired by the evening markets held along European seashores, Four Seasons Market is happy to announce the first evening market of the summer this Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the same location as the Saturday market (Saturday’s market is still on).  Jazzy Fatts’s Cajun Classic pralines are made daily on a stove top, just like the ones you would make at home, only you don’t have to do any of the stirring. P.O.P. Acres will have grass fed beef and pastured chicken and turkey by the pound.

The primary difference between the Friday and Saturday markets will be that the Friday market has a greater variety of non-food vendors. If you want to shop household items, the Friday market will have everything from quilts, to soaps and candles, to hair bows. If you want a good selection of produce and artisan foods, the Saturday market is still your best bet. La Esperanza Farm will be the primary producer of fruits and veggies at the Saturday market.

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

McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square: Ham Orchards will be out with all the peaches you could ever want. They’re a larger farm with five different orchards totaling at over 6,000 trees, but their peaches don’t lack for love. They pick each and every one by hand. Dominion Farms will have grass fed beef, and pastured pork and chicken. If the standard strawberry jam just doesn’t do it for you anymore, try some of Luscombe Farm’s pepper jellies. Everyone’s had jalapeño jelly, but have you tried jalapeño blackberry jelly?

315 S. Chestnut St.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

McKinney Farmers Market at Adriatica. This smaller version of the Chestnut Square Market will have a similar but reduced selection in comparison to the Chestnut Square market. Produce vendors vary, but count on Lucido’s for pasta, sauces, and canned vegetables. Their pasta comes in a variety of flavors so you don’t have to rely on sauce exclusively for flavor in your pasta dishes. Just toss in some olive oil and add meats and veggies of your choice. If you’re not in the mood to cook dinner, pick up some tamales from The Tamale Company on your way home.

6851 Virginia Parkway
Thursday, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m.

Grand Prairie Farmers Market: This weekend’s market will feature cooking demonstrations from various chefs cooking with farmers market foods. Rodriguez Restaurant and Bakery will be selling homemade tortillas and pan dulce. Tony Vann Farm will be back with fruits and veggies from Montague County, and they’ll also team up with Fischer’s Market to offer a variety of German meats and cheeses under the same tent.

120 W. Main St.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.  –  1:00 p.m
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Downtown Arlington Farmers Market: Any farmer will tell you that getting up with the sun is part of the job, but Farmer Joe Bruner knows that 8:00 a.m. comes early on a Saturday for the rest of us. He’ll be offering complimentary coffee to all market patrons so that you can come out early and choose from the best selection of fruits and vegetables from Carter Farms (if you’re a juicer, get your large orders in today). This market also features live music in an “open mic” fashion. If you should feel so moved by the quality of the cucumbers or the sweetness of the peaches that you simply must express break into song, knock yourself out. If you’re a bird watcher or you simply feel the avian accommodations in your neighborhood are lacking, Junior Cato will be selling Purple Martin Bird Houses.

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

Rockwall Farmers Market: This market has a good assortment of organic and conventional produce including your local tomatoes and peaches as well as asparagus and fresh hulled peas. They’re not all fruits and veggies, though. They usually have at least one vendor selling potted plants. The location in Historic Downtown Square makes for an interesting backdrop and provides some cozy little eateries where you can have lunch after you shop.

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

Cowtown Farmers Market: Green beans, black eyed peas, tomatoes and peaches will be plentiful this weekend. Be advised: this market requests that you bring your own bags to carry your purchases. If you’re shopping for melons, you might be ok without one, but if peas are on your list, I wouldn’t leave home without a bag (I would hope that they’d make an exception in that case though). Some of their vendors accept credit cards, some do not.

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