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Farm to Market Report: Weekend of June 8-9

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Berries are back in season, which means that a few markets will be welcoming berry farms for the first time this year. Others will welcome new vendors, along with regulars for a typical Saturday. Live music, several giveaways, and a pretty cool celebration in McKinney will take place this weekend. Take your dad to the farmers market. It’s almost Father’s Day, so why not celebrate a little early?

Celebration Farmers Market:

If you’ve been to Celebration Restaurant, you may have had the grass-fed beef from Burgundy Pastured Beef already. The farmers market will welcome Burgundy Beef, giving you a chance to buy and serve it at home. Another first timer at Celebration is HANK Gluten Free Dessert Bars. Stephanie’s Premium Bakery will provide the rest of your dessert cravings with regular iced sugar cookies, gluten free “super” bars and macaroons.

Noble Farms will not be present this week, but their pastured organically raised eggs will be available in the market store. They will make up for it by providing chicken and pork soon.

Fresh produce of tomatoes, strawberries, melons, squash, and potatoes will be plentiful. Other market treasures include custom-blended teas from My Tea Therapy, all natural soaps, lotions, lip balm and pampering products from Beau Tye, and as the name states, All Things Beaded.

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

Coppell Farmers Market:

For the first time this year, blueberries will be at the market. They might sell out quickly, but don’t worry. Supply might increase during coming weeks. Peaches and the long awaited tomatoes will be arriving with the warmer weather, too.

The Lost High Rollers will also be performing this weekend. The bluegrass band that plays for Zoe Muth, a Seattle based songwriter, is sure to provide an enjoyable Saturday at the market.

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

Fairview Farms Marketplace:

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Fairview Farms has a lot going on with over 40 vendors. There will be hormone-free meats and cheeses, free range eggs, homemade soaps, lavender products, artisan bread, jams, and jellies. Texas products include honey, toffee, and olive oil. If you’re not much of a gardener, but would like to have one, then you’re in luck because there will be pre-planted, fully irrigated gardens for purchase. You could grow your very own strawberries.

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

Frisco Farmers Market:

One word: tamales. Handmade tamales, that is, from Mother Shucker’s will be at the market this weekend including spicy pork, mild pork, black bean, spicy queso beef, brisket, jalapeno and cheese, and cheesy chicken. All the hard work of making this comfort food was done, so you just have to go out, purchase, and enjoy. Four family farmers and one distributor selling fresh produce will be present as well. “We are very proud of our Weathertop Farm who is selling the most beautiful lettuces,” said founder Brandy Miles. As usual, there will be grass-fed beef and free-range chicken from KBARK and Truth Hill Farmers. Mother Shucker’s Handmade Tamales isn’t the only new addition to the market; there will also be Just Pie.

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

McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square:

Purchase tickets now for McKinney’s first annual farm to table dinner on June 14. Executive Chef Andrea Shackelford of Rick’s Chophouse and Sauce on the Square has created a six-course dinner (including signature cocktails for the first three courses) that will highlight the freshest ingredients from the farm. Not only will you be able to eat the ingredients, but also learn about their origins from farmers and vendors. There will also be unique entertainment from Flashpoint, “a popular Celtic group” that performs at the market. Tickets are $100 per person and proceeds will benefit the McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square and Adriatica. Tickets may be purchased at www.chestnutsquare.org or by calling 972-562-8790.

The 18th Annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off will be keeping things cool. Whether you just want to enjoy the ice cream samples or feel daring enough to compete, this competition is sure to be old-fashioned fun. Cranker registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the crank-off takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The press release provides price details.

“Admission to the Crank-Off and entertainment is free.  Scoops of homemade ice cream are $2, games are $2 and petting zoo, pony rides and train rides are $3.  A hot dog, chips and drink are $5.  An entry ticket to the crankers’ tent for unlimited tastings is $15 in advance, $20 at the door.”

It’s free for those wanting to compete, and Chestnut Square will have the ice, salt and power. No freezer. Applications are available online at the website mentioned previously.

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

Grand Prairie Farmers Market:

Culinary arts students from Dubiski Career High School will do a cooking demonstration during the market. Also, don’t miss out on all the locally grown fruits and vegetables, plants, tamales, breads, salsas, dips, relishes, soy candles, eggs, meats, soaps, honey, wines, chips, cookies and more that will be available.

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

Rockwall Farmers Market:

Now that berries are in season, the berry farm vendors will have plenty of fresh choices. There will also be a variety of eggs with two vendors selling farm fresh eggs. Along with regular produce, fresh baked bread, pasta, dipping oils and preserves, the market will have pasture-fed beef and seafood from the gulf. It should be a regular Saturday with music, too. Probably someone singing with a guitar. However, if you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, there will be “Just for Kids” next Saturday. As an extension of the market, kids can enjoy making crafts to take home for dad.

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

White Rock Lake Farmers Market:

“It’s an everything market with the best growers and makers in Dallas produce.” Pure Land Organic will have summer squashes, rainbow carrots, beets, leeks, onions and fresh flowers. Be healthy and trendy by buying kale to make kale chips from Good Earth Organic Farm. The farm will also provide rutabagas, Swiss chard, carrots, beets, cilantro, rosemary, Mexican mint marigold, cabbage, green beans, garlic, onions, kohlrabi, collards, turnips and, broccoli. And of course, eggs.

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

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market:

Along with several regular vendors, Arlington expects to have music and a couple giveaways this weekend. Grass fed beef, veggies, breads, jams, Texas olive oil, granola, tamales, and local honey will be available to consume and enjoy. On the other hand, there will be gift baskets, rose bushes, plants, crafts, soaps, body lotions, and even a rain barrel for sale. You can also register for the Father’s Day gift basket drawing.

215 Front Street

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

 

Marley Dablo is the culinary intern at D Magazine. She will be an online journalism senior at the University of Oklahoma this coming fall. She plans to attend culinary school upon graduation in hopes of combining her writing and kitchen skills to ultimately have her own cooking show one day.