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Farm-to-Market Report: Weekend of July 4th – 5th

farmersMarket_02_char (1)Include a trip to your area farmers market in your Fourth of July festivities! From ice cream to hot dogs to specialty handcrafted Texas-shaped cutting boards, I’m not sure there’s anything more American. As always, there’s a little bit of everything waiting for you on the DFW farmers market circuit.

Historic Downtown McKinney (Chestnut)
This weekend, Bud Rager, the “Singin’ Son of a Gun,” will perform on the porch of Taylor Inn. The market will also feature pony rides and face painting for children. While there, don’t forget to pick up some locally grown peaches and blueberries–the perfect, summery ice cream toppings!
315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney

8 a.m. to noon Saturdays

Coppell Farmers Market
Classic summer vegetables such as cucumbers, squash, peppers and tomatoes are plentiful at the market. But if you’re trying to get your hands on the last of late spring, early summer produce, Saturday is the ideal time to head to the market. Fill your basket with vegetables such as shelled peas and beans, beets, carrots, turnips and cabbage. Berries will be gone soon too! Refresh your dinner table this holiday weekend with first-of-the-season melons–the perfect addition to any summer meal. The market also offers something a little extra through a plethora of herb varieties. You’ll find mints in lemon, chocolate and pineapple, and basil varieties such as cinnamon, sweet Italian, Thai, Genovese, lime, and red. Aside from the vast (and colorful) section of vegetables, the market also offers a large selection of pastured beef, lamb, pork and chicken–all raised on a natural diet. Free-range eggs, artisan cheeses, butter, honey and a variety of prepared foods are also peppered around the market. No matter what you’re looking for there’s always something new to explore.
For a more thorough look at what produce is in season, click here.
768 W. Main St.
, Coppell

8 a.m. to noon Saturday

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market
Extend your holiday weekend with the Market Summer Bash on from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 5. There’ll be a scavenger hunt for the kids, grass-fed beef hotdogs right off the grill and fresh produce, with local bands providing the day’s soundtrack. The market’s festivals have quickly become a local tradition. Take this opportunity to create a new summer tradition with your family.
214 E. Front St.

Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Frisco Farmers Market
This weekend, the market will have a sweet surprise in the handcrafted gourmet jellies and jam of Heirloom Gourmet Delights. Treat your palette with flavors like Old World Blackberry, Blueberry, and Raspberry. Don’t get too far without trying out their signature jams such as Strawberry Chipotle and Mediterranean Roasted Garlic & Onion jam. Heirloom Gourmet Delights also offers biscotti and a selection of pickles. Each item is made with all-natural ingredients in the vendor’s Frisco kitchen. For a head start on the weekend, check out Heirloom Gourmet Delights online.
Here is the set up for Saturday’s market.
6048 Frisco Square Blvd.
, Frisco

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until sellout) Saturdays

Grand Prairie Farmers Market
Revel in the holiday weekend with $1 Hot Dog Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Also, the first 50 people with the secret word will receive a free watermelon.
Rest up, because the real action is next Saturday, July 12, when the market will present its first Main Street Freeze Out, a homemade ice cream competition. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. enjoy frozen treats and creamy concoctions from contestants from all over DFW. The best part? You get to choose the winner! If you’re interested in presenting your frozen fare for the prize (and well-deserved bragging rights), call (972) 237-4599 or email farmersmarket@gptx.org. The competition is limited to the first 30 contestants.
120 W. Main St.

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church (OLUMC) Farmers Market
Larry Notley, of Hardwood and Plywood of Athens, LLC, will make his market comeback this week. Notley creates specialty kitchen islands as well as cutting, pizza and cheese boards. Notley showcases his mastery with these boards in the shape of guitars and – of course – Texas. An avid fisherman, Notley realized another passion in woodwork while designing and building a fly-tying table. Soon after, he began producing and selling his signature fly-tying tables, which led to Hardwood and Plywood of Athens, LLC. Since then, he’s crafted several pieces ranging from custom molding in homes, counter tops, hunting trophy stands and much more. 
3014 Oak Lawn Ave
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8 a.m. to noon

Saint Michael’s Farmers Market
Making a summer market debut, Trois Laurent Patisserie will bring their brand of sweet treats. From Belgian chocolate chip cookies, Basque teacakes, Celtic swirls and trail mix, there’s a little something for every taste bud. If looking for another variation of sweet, there’s plenty of watermelon, cantaloupe, blackberries, blueberries and peaches. Sweet Nana’s Granola will be on site with six varieties of granola made with local nuts, fruits, honey and oats. Also, the market is overflowing with purple hull peas, green beans, okra, peppers and several varieties of tomatoes. While browsing the market’s varied and versatile vendors, enjoy music from Musgrove Band. The market’s July drive carries a theme of “Christmas in July,” so feel free to drop off coats, sweaters and socks to benefit the Jubilee Community Center.
8011 Douglas Ave., Dallas

8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays

White Rock Lake Farmers Market
Tomatoes are in abundance at the market this weekend! Vendors will have a varied selection including Mountain Spring, Heirloom Homesteads, Heirloom Cherokee purple, Mortgage Lifter, tie-dye and cherry bell tomatoes. Asian eggplants and Anaheim peppers will also brighten the selection. Aside from produce, artisans will have special, select quantities of coffee, scones, macaroons, honey, granola, pancake mixes and hand-blended seasonings.
702 N. Buckner Blvd., Dallas

8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday

Waxahachie Farmers Market
This is peak growing time in Ellis County, and all of the market’s vendors are loaded with local fruits and vegetables. In addition to an abundance of tomato varieties, the market has the first sweet corn of the season. As you browse the market, many vendors are happy to let you sample their products. Sharon Perdasofpy will have her handmade jewelry on display. Also, the market will have therapeutic essential oils and lotions. The Plate Tamales will make their second appearance with fresh, handmade tamales in a variety of flavors.
410 S. Rogers, Waxahachie

8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays