Now I know that y’all honor and cherish your mothers every day of the year, but Mother’s Day is the time to go all out and reinforce our appreciation for everything our mothers do for us. If you’re planning on cooking or baking for your mom, the markets will have many of the necessary ingredients. Don’t exactly have time to whip up a meal? Keep an eye out for unique gifts such as handmade jewelry or other great items to make mom’s life just a bit easier.
Coppell Farmers Market:
Classical music enthusiasts have a wonderful reason to visit the market this weekend – Coppell’s own Grace Johnson will be playing the harp this Saturday for Mother’s Day weekend. Johnson toured Europe as a pianist and accompanist, so you won’t want to miss out on hearing the lovely sounds of the harp. Possible gift ideas for every mom in your life include goat milk soaps, soy candles, croissants from Village Baking Company, and delicious cakeballs wrapped in a box and complete with a bow.
793 S. Coppell Road
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Collin County Farmers Market:
Here’s another opportunity to hear some live music: country star SaraBeth, who was born and raised in Dallas, will be performing on Saturday. Hopefully she’ll sing “Kickin’ & Screamin’,” the name of her upcoming EP! Vendors that will be there include Purple Ranch Lavender Farm, which specializes in lavender products for home and body (ALERT: possible gift idea). McLemore Ranch will also be there with delicious grass-fed beef. Firewheel Roasters will also have their hand-roasted coffee for those of you who need the extra kick in the morning.
3314 Central Expressway
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With her chunky blue necklace and fitted blazer, Amelia Von Kennel bears little resemblance to your typical farmer. Neither does her husband, Ben Von Kennel. But then again, they don’t really consider themselves farmers.
“We grow tomato plants,” Ben explained, “and we feature them to local markets and restaurants.”
The couple now sources their hydroponically-grown plants to some of the most popular restaurants in Dallas. But before all this, in their early 20s, they both worked in advertising, a world that had always felt familiar. Both of their families were in the industry. They worked long hours and earned steady paychecks but aspired to do something more fulfilling. One day, they decided to risk it all – their financial security, their relationship, their entire life. Ben and Amelia quit their jobs, took out a few loans and moved from Dallas to the small town of Bells to start their own produce business. Ben says Amelia jumped on board the minute he proposed the idea to her. Some friends and family members, however, lacked the same sense of enthusiasm.4 Comments »
I’m calling this event the We’re All Bozos on this Bus Brunch. Tom “Nick, You’re Suck a Tool” Spicer and his FM1410 neighbors, Kristen and Mitch Kauffman of Urbano Café, have put together a rocking Sunday buffet brunch. It takes place from noon until 2PM on April 28 in Spicer’s garden, It’s BYOB and I’ve pasted the menu below. I’m sure the nice folks at Jimmy’s next door will be ready to help with wine pairings. Roger Boykin and Friends will be providing the R&B which will continue until 5PM. Bring a blanket and hang out. All you need is $45 and a reservation. Hurry: 214-823-8550.
Fairview Farms was one of the original suburban markets in North Texas and has been a home to a few vendors since 1989. But starting Saturday, April 20 at 8AM, The Collin County Farmers Market will take over the property (3314 North Central Expressway in Plano) and host a full-blown market day. They expect 25 vendors to offer local meats, eggs, produce, and other artisan products. You can view the list here. Take the kids: There will be a bounce house, pony rides, and a bungee jump. There are plans to add a community garden maintained by local Scout troops and volunteers. All produce harvested will be donated to local food banks.
The sun hangs low in the sky over WE Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College as a crowd of more than 400 filters onto the football-field-converted-garden-converted-five-star-restaurant. Warm, orange light illuminates the smiles of each guest as they take eager steps out onto the soft earth where the annual “A Community Cooks” event is held. Three years ago, the college turned an unused football field into an organic farm for the residents of the Highland Hills area around the campus where the closest grocery store is five miles away. Now the neighborhoods, as well as local restaurants, have a source for fresh food.
More than 20 chefs from their respective Dallas restaurants showed up to feed the familiar faces of the community. The eclectic range of guests came from all over the Metroplex—Dallas, Plano, McKinney—but earthy landscape, soft music and exceptional food reminded me more of a family reunion. There was even rumored to be a few Austinites present among us. Wattley affectionately referred to her supporters as a “smörgåsbord.” There’s really nothing like phenomenal food to bring people together. Eddie “Lucky” Campbell shook up specialty drinks for guests all night.
Lucky danced and jived as he served up cocktails to the crowds, and his enthusiasm was echoed through the gathering. There’s really something to be said about the whole mission of WE Over Me Farm, which is what brought all these people together. If you haven’t heard the message, farm manager Andrea Bithell lays it out.
The farm, which aims to provide healthy foods to an area that has traditionally lacked a supermarket within walkable distance, sells food at a discounted rate to families in the community. Bithell says you can give someone a few bucks and send them to a fast food dollar menu, but that doesn’t really solve the issue of hunger in low-income communities. Homegrown food does something the fast-food market can’t: It feeds the body and mind, Bithell says. She explains what $2 spent at her farm can do versus a few bucks spent at a fast food joint.
“You can buy a burger off a dollar menu,” Bithell said. “Are you full? Yes. Are you fed? No.”
The farm started in 2009 as a partnership between the school and Pepsi-Cola. It has since produced more than 10,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce. Its mission models off something Bithell calls the “Four C’s”: community, cafeteria, charity and chefs.
The farm gives 10 percent of its sells to charity, as well as feeds 400 to 500 Highland Hills families per week. If those numbers aren’t something to be astounded by, I don’t know what is.
Expect BIG things from this modest, 2-acre farm. And that’s what Dallas is about, right? Expect dishes like braised lamb and spring carrot salad, fresh spring pea soup and strawberry gazpacho made almost exclusively from the fresh produce grown right here on this farm by the students of this college.
As the sun set over the farm and the night came to a close, Paul Quinn President Michael J. Sorrell announced, “One promise: we are just warming up.”
Aimee Pass is a senior at the University of North Texas studying journalism, English, and political science. She has been interning with D Magazine since January. She is a long-time food-lover, first-time food-blogger.
Chipotle, the fast-food restaurant with a sustainable-food approach, and Edible DFW have launched a Food Film Series and they’ve picked Café Momentum to be the beneficiary of proceeds from the first film, Eating Alabama.
The event takes place Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00PM at the Angelika. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Marie Tedei (Eden’s Organic GardenCenter), Chad Houser (Cafe Momentum), Graham Dodds (Central 214), and more. A minimum $2 donation will be accepted at the door in support of Cafe Momentum, and all attendees will receive a Buy One/Get One card good at all Chipotle restaurants.
Check out this site for future screenings of films that focus on sustainable farming practices and importance of buying local.
Sometimes it doesn’t take a village, it just takes one or two dedicated people to care enough to go through the steps it takes to open a business based on your beliefs. Arlington resident Krista Grant got fed up with processed food and fatty meat from dirty feed lots offered at her local grocery store. As a mother of two young kids, she wanted to feed them healthy, all-natural products. She reached out to local farmers and ranchers and created Farm to Fork Foods, a co-op community dedicated to selling “real food” at affordable prices. Currently her young company is selling high-quality local grassed fed or grass-finished Angus beef and bison, grass-fed longhorn beef, pork, chicken, and seafood. Sign up on their Facebook page and you’ll receive product availability information and instructions on how to order. So far, it’s pick-up only in
her Arlington location Allen, Arlington, Fort Worth, and Oak Cliff.
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My husband is dying to make his own goat cheese. For his birthday, I’d like to give him the necessary equipment and ingredients to get started. This includes raw goat’s milk, from what I understand. So my burning question is this: where is the best place (preferably near Dallas) to buy raw goat’s milk? I’d love the SideDish team to help me buy raw milk or info on cheese-making in general, as it is completely new to me!
On Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., Chef Sharon Hage will create a four-course dinner at Two Doors Down, the event space run by Urbano Café. Hage will be picking some ingredients from Tom Spicer’s garden next door. Seating is limited. Call 214-823-8550. Cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Menu is below.
UPDATE: Jasper Russo from Sigel’s sends some wine recommendations for the dinner. They are below
I miss Erin Ahlfinger. She is much better at compiling these posts than I am, so I’m sorry to all of you who’ve been spoiled by Erin for the last few months or so by her detailed reports and interesting produce facts. Oy vey. At least fall is coming soon, which means nobody has an excuse not to go outside and shop.
Celebration Farmers Market: In a Pickle will be at the market this weekend, celebrating its love for all things zangy. Holleman Farms will also be selling its regular roundup of pastured beef, chicken, and eggs here, while Mother Shuckers is going to sell wholesome homemade tamales. Get your cheese from the Mozzarella Co. stand that’ll be here for all your cheesy needs.
4515 W. Lovers Ln.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Coppell Farmers Market: Watermelon and cantaloupe are in season now, but peaches are only going to be around for a few more weeks, so start hoarding those peaches while you still can! Grapevine Grains says it’ll have a hatch chile granola this weekend and bring back the Texas pecan granola for the fall. Director Amanda Vanhoozier also wants you guys to know this bit: “We are also celebrating our first full year of accepting SNAP benefits through the Lone Star Cards. Market tokens can be used at any vendors for food items and food producing plants. We are encouraging healthy eating habits through a ‘return to the market’ coupon.”
793 S. Coppell Rd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fort Worth chefs are joining forces and creating an event to celebrate local food and farmers: F2T Fort Worth. The farm-to-table talent includes Chefs Lanny (Lanny’s Alta Cocina) Lancarte, Molly (Ellerbe Fine Foods) McCook, and Jon (Bonnell’s Fine Food,Waters) Bonnell. The four-course meal with music by Bonnie & Nick Norris Band will take place on the gorgeous Ranch at Clear Fork along the Trinity River on part of the remaining 850 acres of the historic Edwards Ranch. It all takes place on October 7. More info and tickets here.
There aren’t too many urban farmers in Dallas, and even fewer are the urban organic farmers who’ve been affected by the West Nile spraying that went on for eight stressful days. Beekeepers (like Brandon and Susan Pollard of the Texas Honeybee Guild), people with chemical allergies, and urban organic farmers have been the loudest in their criticism against the aerial and ground spraying, and they’re making their shouts heard on Facebook and Twitter these days. The Eden Organic Garden Center and the Texas Worm Ranch are two small gardening businesses in Dallas that have struggled to preserve their produce’s organic purity amidst the chemical assaults on their land.
On the edge of Dallas and right up against Mesquite lies Marie Tedei’s one-woman farm, the Eden Organic Garden Center, where, in Balch Springs, the county has honored her farm’s organic integrity by declaring it a no-spray zone since 2007. But between the late-night hours of last Thursday night and early Friday morning, a contract worker driving a truck didn’t turn off his ground spray, didn’t slow down when he saw Tedei waving him down to stop the spray, and instead continued along his merry way.
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Take advantage of the heat reprieve we’re getting this weekend (highs in the low 90s) and go roam your local famer’s market. Scattered showers are predicted, but don’t let that keep you indoors. Most of the markets are running at full speed rain or shine. August is the month that many local fruits are winding down, so run, don’t walk, to get your fill of the peaches and melons!
Celebration Farmers Market:
This week you should find fresh TX peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, squash, peppers, melons, corn on the cob, red beets and fresh-hulled peas, some organic tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, cookies, tamales, and Mozzarella Company cheeses, among other spoils. To go along with your vegetables, pick up almost any cut of pork that you can think of from Holleman Farms. This isn’t just any type of pork, it is Red Wattle Pork, a breed that produces extra lean meat. Sadly, Cita’s Salsa will be absent, but In A Pickle will be back with their famous bread and butter pickles and their other pickle varieties.
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Just when you feel like you are up to your eyeballs in Dallas douchebags, you get an email from Tom Spicer and somehow this city takes on more depth. Tom Spicer is a forager, a poet, a cook, and a nutjob. Today he’s selling amaranth greens used in creating callaloo, a delicious Caribbean soup especially when the pretty weeds are stewed in coconut juice. (Yes, there are variations in the spelling of the dish. I am using epicurious.com‘s version which is our style. Tom, of course, has his own. Hit it, Tirebiter.
Do not Dred Calaloo~
From Kingston Town to Kat Mandu
there’s an edible green that’s good to stew
and this Jamaican spinach is sooo delicious too
So when nothing ventured means nothing gained
cook these nice greens but make sure they’re strained
then add some fresh lemon juice so their flavor’s contained
Amaranth greens in colors from green and red to a variegated hue
will capture your imagination, your heart, and make your happy tummy too
ok, there you have it… it’s the best I can do, say hello to my Jamaican friend, Rasta Calaloo
Monday night TexSom celebrated the success of this year’s international wine conference with a grand tasting and awards ceremony event at The Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Andrew Chalk was there and so was our eagle-eyed photographer Desiree Espada. Hayley Hamilton reports on the wine represented. Andrew has run out of words (“Food was great. Wines were stunning”), so we’ll let Desiree’s pictures tell the story. Congrats to organizers, co-founders, and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell.
Perfect lunch for tomorrow: The local peach, lettuce, and (J.T. Lemley) tomato salad with peach puree and olive oil at Company Cafe on the Trail.
We are about to be beset by restaurants, promoters, and the more credulous sections of the media bombarding us with the message that it is “Hatch Chile Time.” I hate to burst the bubble, but there is no such thing as a “Hatch Chile.” Sure, there are chilies from Hatch, New Mexico, and they host the famous festival, but the product they export is just a chilies, not Hatch chile pepper. Dave DeWitt explains it all very well in his “The Complete Chile Pepper Book.”
“There is no such thing as a Hatch chile, despite all the hype about them. It is not a chile variety, as many people think. Yes, there are chiles grown in Hatch, usually the varieties ‘Barker’ and ‘NuMex 6-4′. These grown-in-Hatch varieties are no better than those grown in the Mesilla Valley or in Deming. There are simply not enough chiles grown in Hatch to supply all of the sellers claiming to provide “Hatch chile.” A few years ago at the New Mexico Chile Conference, I spoke to two women who have a chile farm in eastern Arizona who confessed to me that they shipped their chiles to Hatch, where roadside vendors labeled them “Hatch chiles.” So, how did this mythology come about? Well, first, there is a Hatch brand of canned chiles, packed by Border Foods in Deming. This brand has been on the market for years, but probably most of these chiles are grown in Mexico, not Hatch. Then there is what Jimmy Buffet calls the “coconut telegraph,” but here it’s the Capsicum Telegraph–namely word of mouth and rumor from consumers who mistakenly spread the hype. Sorry to burst everyone’s Hatch bubble, but I always tell it like it is.”
This isn’t to say that chiles are not wonderful things, but don’t waste your time or money on somebody’s Hatch chiles or their “festival.” Better to go to one of the area restaurants that worships them through their food. For example, Komali, which never seems to have fewer than six different varieties somewhere on their menu, or Mesa which prepares them with deference to Veracruz culinary tradition.13 Comments »
I hate promoting one Dallas nonprofit over another nonprofit, I really do, but Promise of Peace Community Garden on 7440 East Grand Ave. is up against four other green-loving organizations for $20K in WFAA’s Project Green. In East Dallas, this green haven is a place where anyone can care for their own 12 x 4 ft. plot of land for $75 per year. Director Elizabeth Dry, a full-time teacher by day who started this community garden to help educate kids and help decrease the high-school drop out rate, would put that $20K towards programs like City Green, her fall kids camp where children can learn about horticulture and the environment. If you feel moved by Dry’s mission to help Dallas children, vote for Promise of Peace Garden every day until August 12.
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Here’s more reason for you to never leave the wonderful, full-blasting A/C in your car: Artizone, the online market where you can by local goods and get them delivered to your door, is starting a free downtown pick-up service every Thursday from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and you don’t even have to turn off your engine.
A concierge service makes it easier for you to pull up, show your ID, and get your trunk filled.
The pick-up service takes place at 555 Ross Ave. behind the Spaghetti Warehouse starting on August 2. There’ll be a chill party with Artizone people from 5 to 7 p.m. that night with free drinks, giveaways, and free food from some of your favorite local vendors (Kaurina’s Kulfi, La Duni, Scardello, Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters).1 Comment »
Wednesdays are usually a drag, which is why I looked forward to visiting the Dallas Eco Co-Op’s second Pop-Up Market from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. yesterday. 14 vendors gathered inside the Eco-Op’s building inside 10137A Shoreview, bumping elbows with each other as the community bought cucumbers from Paul Quinn Farm, the best pimiento cheese from We Me Dallas, and tasted cherry lemonade cookies by Paul Wackym. Recycle Revolution even had a booth outside in case you wanted to get rid of your old computer parts.
The market is tiny and you can cover the entire ground in five minutes if you’re rushed, but market organizers Chad Julka, Trish Percy, and Susie Marshall of the Dallas Eco-Op hope that the market will expand and outgrow the Eco-Op building one day.