Take advantage of the heat reprieve we’re getting this weekend (highs in the low 90s) and go roam your local famer’s market. Scattered showers are predicted, but don’t let that keep you indoors. Most of the markets are running at full speed rain or shine. August is the month that many local fruits are winding down, so run, don’t walk, to get your fill of the peaches and melons!
Celebration Farmers Market:
This week you should find fresh TX peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, squash, peppers, melons, corn on the cob, red beets and fresh-hulled peas, some organic tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, cookies, tamales, and Mozzarella Company cheeses, among other spoils. To go along with your vegetables, pick up almost any cut of pork that you can think of from Holleman Farms. This isn’t just any type of pork, it is Red Wattle Pork, a breed that produces extra lean meat. Sadly, Cita’s Salsa will be absent, but In A Pickle will be back with their famous bread and butter pickles and their other pickle varieties.
4515 W. Lovers Ln.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Coppell Farmers Market:
Learn how to make Tomato Pie with Chef Instructors Victoria Hooker and Robby Hooker of the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Dallas. The free demo is a continuation of the Market to Kitchen Chef Series will begin at 10 a.m. in the main tent. Victoria and Robby also sell their own salsa, tortillas, and chips as vendors at the market, if you are looking for an easier way to get your tomato fix.
793 S. Coppell Rd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cowtown Farmers Market Fort Worth
It’s doggie day at Cowtown. Tom Marvin of Alliance Photo Studio will be taking pet portraits, and chefs from the Culinary School of Fort Worth will be giving cooking demos for dog and human treats. Don’t have a dog? No problem. Fort Worth Pets Alive will be facilitating pet adoptions on site.
While you are there, visit the Tarrant County Master Gardeners for lawn and garden advice. Also, Crosstimbers Band will perform bluegrass, country, and gospel songs, 10 a.m. start, while you shop for local fruit, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, plants, soap and bath products, tamales, bread and baked goods, and more, all grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.
3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth 76116
Saturday & Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Dallas Farmers Market:
While you are picking up the week’s supply of produce, you can sign up for the DIY: sauerkraut and kimchi class on August 22 or the DIY: Yogurt, Butter, Ghee, and Cheese class on September 5. The sauerkraut and kimchi class will cover the principles behind lacto fermentation and go home with a pint each of sauerkraut, kimchi, and fruit kimchi. Participants in the dairy class will learn how to make dairy kefir, yogurt, creme fraiche, yogurt/kefir cheese, buttermilk, cultured butter, ghee, and ricotta cheese, in addition to tasting samples of all the recipes for $40.
1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grapevine Farmers Market:
Enjoy the grass-fed beef and pastured chickens from Hudspeth Farms, whose motto is No Drugs, Just Grass. If you pick up some of Father Bee’s local raw unfiltered honey, you can marinate your pastured chicken in one of my favorite marinades: honey, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard. You might as well throw in some olive oil from the Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Co. and use some of the vinaigrette (before it touches chicken, obviously) to dress a simple green salad.
325 S. Main Street
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
Although the legitimacy of Hatch chile sourcing has been questioned, their delicious flavor has not. Enjoy fresh and roasted Hatch chiles at the third annual Hatch Chile Festival on Saturday. And don’t miss Grammy-nominated The Crawfish Band. They’ll be performing in the market square starting at 9:30 a.m. What type of music do they play? Apparently, they are known for ‘extreme variety,’ so you’ll just have to show up to see if they are in a rock-n-roll or jazz mood.
120 W. Main St.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In addition to the requisite produce, St. Michaels Farmers Market has a long list of vendors selling hand-made soaps, beef jerky, goat cheese, and more. I’m particularly excited about grabbing some pasta from Lucido’s Pastas & Herbs and some freshly roasted beans from the Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters. Check out the vendor list online for other local items to add to your shopping list.
8011 Douglas 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.