Kick off Father’s Day weekend with a family outing to one of the area’s farmers’ markets. This is an especially celebratory weekend, with several hosting annual celebrations. From ice cream tastings and grass-fed beef burgers to a car and motorcycle show, the pleasures of summer are officially on.
Historic Downtown McKinney (Chestnut)
The market will have its 19th annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank Off on Saturday. Described as similar to “a chili cook-off, only cooler,” the Crank Off will feature a plethora of homemade ice creams. Nothing is too off-base in this competition, as past flavors have included everything from habanero mango to bacon and waffle. The cranking will begin at 10 a.m. under the shaded canopy of trees in front of the Dulaney House at Chestnut Square. Arrive early, and enjoy the market before hitting the ice cream.
315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays
Collin County Farmers Market
The market’s second annual Bikes, Burgers, Brew, and a Band event is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Kyle Brooks and The Rhythm and Beards will perform while patrons enjoy local grass-fed beef burgers and beer from FireWheel Brewing Co. While there, pick up some heirloom tomatoes, corn, and more from Double D Farm and a beautiful flower bouquet from Spring Creek Organic Farm.
3314 N. Central Expressway, Plano
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays
Coppell Farmers Market
Head to Coppell for a vast selection of mixed vegetables, mixed peppers, and jalapenos–all new this week. Also recently available, stock up on summer veggies like bok choy, broccoli, kohlrabi and cabbage; green, red and cherry tomatoes; flat- and round-snap green beans; and pickling and slicing cucumbers. Top off your visit with Texas cherries, a first-time vendor at the market this year. White-fleshed freestone peaches and red-fleshed cling peaches are great for jams and cobblers. In addition to a variety of edible selections, the market will also have vendors offering doggie biscuits, soaps, and lotions from natural ingredients. On the second Saturday of the month, Nasser Mazandarani brings his Wholesome Habits Kale Chips. These nutrient dense kale chips are free of sugar and gluten and use whole, natural ingredients for flavorings with every ingredient pictured on package labels.
768 W. Main St. , Coppell
8 a.m.–noon Saturday
Cowtown Farmers Market
This market should be your No. 1 stop for fresh, locally grown produce. From spinach to arugula to squash and zucchini, vendors will have a wide selection from which to choose. Also, pick up some goat cheese perfect for summery salads, tamales or honey.
3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth
8 a.m. to noon Saturdays
Frisco Farmers Market
In addition to its usual vendors, the market will feature spice vendors this weekend. Snobby Sauces will also be on site, offering a delicious set of do-it-yourself sauces ranging from restaurant-quality salsa to one-of-a-kind ranch. PepperSmack has created a beautiful line of pepper dusts, pastes and flakes. Guaranteed to “smack your senses,” PepperSmack’s flakes and dusts are made from the freshest and hottest hand-grown peppers, which are ground in North Texas. Rounding out the vendor trio, Basic Foodism will have a selection of natural and essential sauces for sale.
6048 Frisco Square Blvd. , Frisco
8 a.m.-1 p.m. (or until sellout) Saturdays
Grand Prairie Farmers Market
There’s no excuse not to bring Dad to the 6th annual Car & Motorcycle Show. The show will begin at 9 a.m. and will go on, rain or shine. (For more details, click here.) While there, catch the cooking demonstration at 10:30 a.m. taught by CJ Singleton of Good Spice. Also, as part of the World Health Organization’s World Blood Donor Day, the Carter BloodCare Bus will be at Market Square from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Donors will receive a free cake ball handcrafted by Sweet Delights by Dama. Sign up online to donate here.
120 W. Main St. , Grand Prairie
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays
Little D Farmers Market
Back by popular demand, the Kate Weiser pop-up ice cream shop will be on site offering cool, sweet treats. Baugh Farms will also have first-of-the-season heirloom tomatoes for sale. The market will coincide with the Sunday opening of the Continental Avenue Bridge, making it easy for market-goers to walk across to the festivities on the bridge courtesy of the Trinity River Revel. Complete with a 5K, music, and several food vendors, this is one celebration for the books.
3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas, located in front of Trinity Groves’ restaurants
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays
Rockwall Farmers Market
The market, established in 2008 by the Friends of Downtown Rockwall, is a Saturday morning staple with more than 30 vendors, offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked breads, natural beef and poultry, farm eggs, seafood, honey and more. Enjoy music from Mark Franks while browsing what the vendors have to offer. From hot sauce to seafood to pet supplies to pie, the market will have a little bit of everything. Windmill Ridge Soap Shop will have a versatile collection of soaps and home cleaners. Tame your sweet tooth with items from Decadent Desserts by Sherry and Just Pie.
385 S. Goliad , Rockwall
8 a.m. to noon Saturdays
Saint Michaels Farmers Market
Head to the market early for breakfast this weekend. Fill your tastebuds’ needs with breakfast tacos from Rusty Taco or Merlin’s Baking. If looking for a more traditional breakfast, enjoy Village Baking Co.’s fresh croissants and artisan breads.
The ever-popular raw, cold-pressed green juice from Daily Greens will be at the market, and Becerra’s Tex-Mex will have made-to-order beef, pork, and chicken tamales. Plan your meals for the week ahead with Mother Shocker’s variety of frozen tamales and casseroles. The market will feature several options for produce including heirloom tomatoes, east Texas tomatoes, squash, peaches, sugar baby watermelons, cucumbers, potatoes and onions. Also new to the market, Berry Best Farm will have organic blueberries. Adding to the market’s ambiance is live music and snow-cones. The market will continue its June Market Drive benefitting Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Feel free to drop off baby supplies at the market.
8011 Douglas Ave., Dallas
8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays
Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market
This market is home to many local vendors selling locally grown produce and hand-made goods. Look no further for fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices, plants, meat, baked goods, jams and jellies. In addition to these edible items, the market also offers hand-made pottery, jewelry, and crafts. This weekend bring the kids for Kid’s Day activities. Entertain them while you shop.
410 S. Rogers, Waxahachie
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays
White Rock Lake Farmers Market
Head to this market for a little bit of everything. In addition to farm-fresh eggs and heirloom tomatoes, Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese will also be there. These artisan, hand-made cheeses are comprised of Grade A raw milk from the Brown Swiss dairy cows and are pasteurized at Sandy Creek Farm.
702 N Buckner Blvd ., Dallas
8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday