Farm to Market Report: Weekend of September 21

farmersMarket_02_charThe era of transition between summer and fall has finally descended upon us. Jalapeños aren’t known for their fall blossoms, but pumpkins definitely have these next couple of months covered. This weekend features lots of fun and learningand of course, a ton of great produce. Don’t miss out!

Rockwall Farmers Market:

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

This is a big deal! Rockwall Farmers Market is closing up after the Saturday, September 21, and won’t be open until next May. Be sure to get one last thing before they’re done for the year. They’ll be providing the usual vendors and music.

McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square:

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

On Saturday, McKinney Farmers Market will be celebrating its recent victory in the American Farmland Trust’s I Love My Farmers Market contest with “A Taste of the McKinney Farmers Market.” Volunteers and vendors have cooked up recipes from the cookbook “Local Flavors” for tasting. Tickets will be $5 and it also provides a $2 discount on the purchase of a “Local Flavors” cookbook, too. The tasting will start in the pergola by Dixie’s Store and last until every drop has been licked clean. Entertainment will be provided by acoustic duet, The Blackbirds.

Dallas Farmers Market:

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

This fall marks the 20th year the Dallas Farmers Market has offered its “Chefs at the Market” cooking classes. They’re $25 for each course ($30 at the door) and are $110 for the entire series. If you’re interested, you can call 214-653-8088 for info or go to their website to purchase a class. Listed below are the dates, featured chefs, and themes for each course.

 

1. September 21
Gilbert Garza of Suze Restaurant
Theme: The Inspired Chef

2. September 28
Antonio Marquez of Lazaranda
Theme:  Salsas & Moles/Where Everything Begins

3. October 5
A. J. Joglekar of Dallas Chop House
Theme:  Main Street Mise en Place—Satisfying Autumn Recipes

4. October 12
John Franke of The Ranch at Las Colinas /Whiskey Cake/Velvet Taco
Theme: Down Home Cooking with a Twist

5. October 19
Patrick Russell of Max’s Wine Dive
Theme:Pumpkins/More Than Just Pies and Lattes

Frisco Farmers Market:

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

Little Johns Plant and Produce is bringing spaghetti squash, and I have it on good authority that these puppies are BIG. They’re basically the size of a small watermelon. But it’s spaghetti squash. La Esperanza Farm will also bring a great variety of squashes, including Mexican squash which has a sweet, light flavor. They are huge. The size of small watermelons. And they are a terrific value.

Also, Basic Foodism is now a core vendor at the market, which makes them available even further north, up and down the DFW area. They feature their Original Thick and Spicy Barbecue Sauce made without high fructose corn syrup or
chemical preservatives.

14oz Plain Creamed Honey (desertcreekhoney.com)
14oz Plain Creamed Honey (desertcreekhoney.com)

Cowtown Farmers Market:

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

The Cowtown Farmers Market Harvest Festival is here again, with a ton of things to check out, like guest vendors, artists’ booths, free samples of canning supplies, as well as cooking demos and a lesson on bees and beekeeping by Blake Shook of Desert Creek Honey. The Tarrant Area Food Bank will be having a food drive there so be sure to stop by and make a donation. Go visit from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Coppell Farmers Market:

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

The Coppell farmers market has plenty of natural meats, eggs, and cheese. Rehoboth Ranch has lovely grass-fed beef and lamb, Berkshire pork, pasture-raised chickens, and range eggs. Latte Da Dairy will have artisanal goat cheese. At Magnolia Seafood, you can find gulf shrimp and fish, and if you’re savvy, you might be able to walk away with a whole flounder. This is just a small bit of what you can find this week.

One of the best Julia Child moments, ever. (Credit: Paul Child, courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf)
One of the best Julia Child moments, ever. (Credit: Paul Child, courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf)

White Rock Local Market:

9150 Garland Rd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Caroline Fruth of Fruth Farms will be featured in a cooking demo starting at 9:30 a.m., where she will make boeuf bourguignon using Julia Child’s classic recipe, using Kitchen Pride Mushroom, Chef Milton spices and Garlic from Garlic Mike. Bon appétit, as Mrs. Child would say.

Grapevine Farmers Market:

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

The excitement of Grapefest has come and gone, and with it has returned a sense of normalcy. This week, the Grapevine Farmers Market will return to its normal location with produce. Hatch chiles are still at the market, but with the winter months quickly approaching, they won’t last long. You don’t want to be the only person on your block who DIDN’T stock up hatch chiles, so be sure to stop by and snatch them up. They also have peach jalapeno jam, which sounds like it would go great with literally anything.

Jacob Austin Medina is a D Magazine intern and a journalism major at the University of North Texas. His Instagram feed alternates between selfies and pictures of his dog.