<-- HERB PLANTS. Most weekends you can find John Lucido selling his healthy herb and vegetable plants under a canvas on the sidewalk between sheds. His family has worked in the produce business for more than 40 years. He sells superb squash and potatoes, and his “starter plants” are a must for your herb and vegetable gardens. John Lucido Produce and Herbs. Sidewalk only.
BUTTER. All of Barbara and Ron Crain’s dairy products are made from the milk of their grass-fed dairy cow herd in Helena, Oklahoma. You can actually taste that grass in their creamery butter. And their yogurt cheese, with the consistency of soft cream cheese, is a perfect complement to fresh fruit. Wagon Creek Creamery. International Market, Shed 2. 580-496-2447. www.wagoncreekcreamery.com.
BLACKBERRIES.--> For more than 65 years, Lightsey Farms has been producing all types of fruits and vegetables, including figs, persimmons, and peas. The family makes the long haul from Mexia every weekend to sell the fruits of their labor, which include some of the best blackberries in Texas. Shed 1. 254-562-6913. www.lightseyfarms.com.
<-- STEAK. Stock your freezer with cuts from Red Angus, Angus crossbreeds, or Red Devon crossbreeds. The beef is lean and high in Omega-3. Texas Supernatural Meats. International Market, Shed 2. 214-760-7774. From Rehoboth Ranch. 903-450-8145. www.rehobothranch.com.
TOMATOES.--> You haven’t had a real Texas tomato until you’ve tried one grown by Carolyn and J.T. Lemley. They’ve been selling at the Farmers Market for more than 20 years. Their ’maters are so sweet, you can eat them like apples. Lemley’s. Shed 1, stall No. 132 and up. 903-848-9411 or 214-747-6110.
<-- CHEESE. Milk for Debbie and Michael Sams’ farmstead cheese comes from their 30 cows that graze just outside of Kemp. Try their fresh spread, aged Cheddar, colby, and Gruyere. Texas Supernatural Meats. International Market, Shed 2. 214-760-7774. From Full Quiver Farm. 903-498-3884.
STUFFED ITALIAN BREAD. -->New this season, the marvelous frozen loaves come in four varieties: spinach, feta, and kalamata olive; Italian sausage, ricotta, and caramelized onion; fig, prosciutto, and gorgonzola; and artichoke, sun-dried tomato, pesto, and smoked mozzarella. They’re made by Dallasite Philomena Aceto, former chef at Café Georgia and founder of the catering company Some Enchanted Evening. Philomena Food Company. Shed 2.
SPICES. For more than five generations, Ben Rikhilal’s family has been roasting and grinding fragrant blends of spices and seasonings ranging from Hungarian paprika, sea salt, and lavender flowers to exotic Indian blends, Thai curry, and Caribbean jerk seasonings. Packages of rice and lentils with pre-measured spice packages are a must for every pantry. Kurry King. International Market, Shed 2. www.dallasspicemarket.com.
CHICKEN. -->Besides raising chickens without antibiotics and growth hormones—chickens that taste like chicken—this family-operated farm in rural East Texas sells the yummiest farm-fresh eggs around. Texas Supernatural Meats. International Market, Shed 2. 214-760-7774. From Windy Meadows Family Farm. 903-886-7723. www.windymeadowschicken.com.