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Farm to Market Report: Weekend of June 15

farmersMarket_02_char11A few markets have events specific for dads this weekend in celebration of Father’s Day (which I hope you didn’t forget!). And there’s a new market in Uptown that popped up last week. Peaches are back in season so get them while you can.

Celebration Farmers Market:

The market will welcome a new vendor: Merlin’s Bakery. The vendor sells prepared foods like dips, dressings and salsas. Regular vendors with fruits and veggies will be available too. For Father’s Day, the  Beau Tye will have gift sets for dads that include shaving cream and other products of that sort.

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

Coppell Farmers Market:

Coppell is keeping it busy. It’ll be Vendor Appreciation Day, so be sure to thank a vendor or let them know you appreciate their work. For father appreciation, you can find unique gifts and a lot of goods for grilling: grass-fed beef, range chicken, heritage pork and sausages, zucchini, new potatoes, berries, peaches, and a variety of tomatoes.

There will be plenty of squash varieties: eight ball, yellow crookneck, zucchini, patty pan, and more. Cucumbers, green beans, black-eyed peas, and purple hull will be coming in to join the continuing supply of greens and lettuces, turnips, beets, carrots, radishes, cabbage, kohlrabi, and onions. Herb supply and condition are improving.

You are sure to find pastured beef, pork, chicken, lamb, eggs, Gulf seafood, cheese and butter. Keep your eye out for freshly roasted (this week) coffee, baked goods, herb-infused sorbet, pasta and sauces, Texas olive oil, salsas, tamales, sauerkraut, pesto, grains, cooking mixes, honey, spices and spiced nuts, soaps, lotions, and candles. Finally, the market will also have doggie treats and bedding plants of flowers.

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

Fairview Farms Marketplace:

Looking for fresh peaches since they’re back in season? Fairview Farms will be your go-to market this weekend. Other special fruits include pears and apples from Washington. There may be local vendors selling those as well. The special for Father’s Day is hot dog and beers.

If you missed out last weekend, GiGi’s Garden will be there again to offer pre-made and pre-irrigated gardens so you don’t have to make your own.

You can find the 40 standard vendors with meats, eggs, produce, and soaps. Also, take advantage of the local honey while it’s available.

As a reminder, produce is open at the market Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

3312 N. Central Expressway
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday – Sunday , 9:00 a.m. – 6:00p.m. 

Frisco Farmers Market:

Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company will be featured this weekend. Their summer product this year is lemon infused virgin olive oil. Brandy Miles, founder and manager of the market, tells me it is fantastic, especially when it is paired with their strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. Peppersmack is bringing the heat with their “hot, hot, hot” pepper flakes, paste and, dust.

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

McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square:

The first annual Farm to Table Dinner to benefit the historic McKinney Farmers Market has arrived. Executive Chef Andrea Shackelford of Rick’s Chophouse and Sauce on the Square has created a special six-course dinner that highlights the freshest goods straight from the farm (including three signature cocktails). Dinner will be served in the Chestnut Square courtyard under century-old trees with serenades coming from a popular Celtic group, presentations from farmers about their goods, and more. It’ll be charming, we promise. There may be a handful of tickets left here.

But if you miss out, the local and organic meat, dairy, honey, and produce vendors will offer their products Saturday at Chestnut Square and Thursday at Adriatica on McKinney’s west side. Market vendors also offer sauces, canned goods, pasta, baked goods, wine and flowers.

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

 

Grand Prairie Farmers Market:

Hey, here’s another weekend treat for dads: a car show. The market will show off the vehicles of Grand Prairie Main Street auto-related business owners and other city residents. Ladies, feel free to shop the market for locally grown fruits and vegetables while your men goggle at the cars.

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

 

Rockwall Farmers Market: 

An extension of the market, “Just For Kids,” is happening this weekend. Kids can make and take crafts home to dad for Father’s Day, participate in games, get their faces painted, and enjoy entertainment.

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

 

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St. Michaels Farmers Market:

There will be 28 food venders this week. Peachy Page will be there with peaches and blackberries. Berry Best Farms will bring more fruit with their organic blueberries. Custom Café Foods will have handcrafted gourmet dry mixes for soups, dips, breads, muffins, and brownies. Daily Greens will refresh you with their cold-pressed green juice. Las Esperanza Farms and Sachse Heritage Farms will have tomatoes, chard, green beans, and more. Find farm-fresh eggs, pasture-raised chicken, chicken sausage, and grass-fed beef from Mesquite Hill Farm and Hudspeth Farm. For Mexican cuisine: Becerra’s Tex-Mex salsas and chips and Mother Shuckers lard-free fresh and frozen tamales, casseroles, and chili.

8011 Douglas
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

OLUMC Farmers Market:

A new farmers market in Uptown has joined the scene. The neighborhood market launched last Saturday at the Oak Lawn United Methodist Church with varieties of heirloom tomatoes from Baugh Farms of Canton and much more. According to the Dallas Observer, Mary Landrum and Byron Proutt created the idea for this market. Along with offerings from last weekend (fresh produce, jams, jellies, pickled veggies, sunflowers, handmade cards, wind chimes, and bath items), this weekend there’ll be a barbeque. Be sure to arrive early because goods sell quickly with only four farmers and two vendors with pickled goods.

3014 Oak Lawn Ave
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Collin County Farmers Market: 

Bikes, burgers, brew, and a band. It can’t get much better for dad. From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., listen to Kyle Brooks and the Rhythm and Beards while eating grass-fed beef hamburgers with toppings from local produce and buns from a local bakery. Top it all off with a cold brew from local brewery FireWheel Brewing Company. Anyone with a bike – motorized or manual – is invited to join.

There will also be regular vendors with produce, grass-fed meats, dairy, bakery items, eggs, cheese, and specialty food vendors with biscotti, spices, salsa, and coffee.

3314 Central Expy
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cowtown Farmers Market:

 Cowtown invites you to join this weekend for their harvest festival. There will be cooking demos, live music, guest vendors, and even an opportunity to give back to the community. The food drive will benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

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

White Rock Local Market:

The farms lined up for this weekend are Come Back Creek, Rae Lilli, Pure Land Organic, Fisher Farms, and Larken Farms. They will provide rainbow carrots, beets, leeks, sweet onions, squash, jalapenos, wax peppers, beans, roma beans, squash blossoms, plums, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, zucchini, new potatoes, kale, shishito peppers, green beans, and red onions. A few special finds to look for: the first cherry tomatoes, maybe an eggplant, and possibly some other tomatoes.

White Rock Local Garden, a collaboration between White Rock Local Market, Highland Park Cafeteria, USE Farms, and DFW Truck Farm/Garden Inspirations, has begun its growing process. The “urban garden” is an organic, non-GMO garden space for the cultivation of organic produce, herbs, and flowers for classes, WRLM, individual gardeners, Highland Park Cafeteria, and donations. Jeff Snoyer, owner of Highland Park Cafeteria and Monopoly Place, gave the ¾ acre piece (located off Garland and Fuller) of land to White Rock Local Market.

The first Love Your Farmer volunteer day will be held June 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at White Rock Local Garden. To volunteer, register at www.whiterocklocalmarket.org or email sarah@whiterocklocalmarket.org for instructions. Bring garden tools if you have them, but make sure to have hats, sunscreen, and gloves. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

9150 Garland Rd.
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.