Farm to Market Report: Weekend of May 26-27

Erin Ahlfinger posing like a tiger, under my direction. (photo by Matt Shelley)

We’re starting a new blog series to help you farmers market shoppers know exactly when and where to get the freshest produce around town. Erin Ahlfinger, a former D Custom intern, is now officially our slave, er, I mean.. contributor. She’s probably the nicest person you’ll ever meet, and she also happens to be a farmers market fanatic. Expect to see her market report every Thursday morning from now on. Here’s what she has to say about this weekend:

Celebration Farmers Market is one of the newer markets around town, but they’re off to a great start.  Their farmers offer red and green tomatoes for those who like to fry the green ones. Mozzarella Company will be selling a few of their cheeses made by hand right here in Deep Ellum. For the first time this week, Circle L Barbecue Sauce will be there to take care of all your Memorial Day grilling needs.

4515 W. Lovers Ln.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Coppell Farmers Market: Berries are in this week and their season is short. Get ‘em while they’re plump and juicy (I like to freeze a few extra pints and throw them into smoothies later). The wide variety of produce includes several types of radishes, tart green plums, and fresh herbs. Some produce is organic, some is conventional. The farmers are always happy to differentiate.  Tickets to the Farm to Table Dinner are now on sale at the main tent.

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

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Dallas Farmers Market: The largest market in Dallas is open seven days a week, but the greatest number of vendors will be here on Saturdays. Be there early for the best selection; come late for the best deals. You’ll find every fruit and vegetable you could want in conventional and organic varieties. Vendors rotate constantly, but you can always count on great salsas, fresh tortillas, pickles, and jams. Come hungry and make a meal from the assortment of prepared foods.

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

Fairview Farms Marketplace is an easy stop off the highway if you just need produce or plants.

3312 N. Central Expressway
Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00p.m.

Frisco Farmers Market is very proud of its two family farms. D-Barr and La Esperanza farms are both very passionate about providing a natural food supply.  In addition to all the usual purveyors of fresh breads, pastas, spice mixes, and organic fruits and veggies, this weekend’s market will feature a special performance from Jeremy Ledgewood from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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

Grapevine Farmers Market boasts three generations in the business of providing only the best local produce. Grassfed beef, pork, chicken and free range pastured eggs are regularly available. Head over for some truly local honey from Father’s Bees. The honey is collected and sold by St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church in Colleyville. Notable regulars also include beef jerky from Argyle, TX and Tommy Tamale’s homemade salsas and tamales in traditional and dessert varieties.

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

Junius Heights Community Market: Garden Cafe is hosting the first Junius Heights Community Market. Of course, there will be local produce and arts and crafts for sale, but the Junius Heights market boasts some unique attractions. For one thing, it’s BYOB. Holy Kombucha will be selling their probiotic and antioxidant-rich fermented tea. Eco-Handyman Dave Pennington will give an aquaponics demonstration. Enjoy live music from The County Fringe as you shop. Garden Cafe̕ will provide light snacks for those who would like to stick around after the market for an exclusive screening of the documentary DFW Truck Farm at sunset.

5310 Junius Street
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.

White Rock Local Market will host Community and Urban Garden Day Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  If you’re considering joining a community garden, or starting one of your own, you can learn everything you need to know right here.  Expert advice will include a demonstration on raised garden beds and watering techniques. Even experienced gardeners will want to hear what The City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality has to say about how to keep your garden alive in the approaching 2012 drought season.

Shop your way through a host of fruits and veggies from community gardens, including the Paul Quinn College football field farm, as blue grass band Fish Fry Bingo sets the mood with banjos, washboards and a kazoo.

702 N. Buckner Blvd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Four Seasons Markets tend to have more specialty food vendors than farmers, but they do maintain a good selection of certified organic fruits and veggies. Anyone making pancakes Sunday morning will want to swing by for a pint of blueberries from Berry Best Farm. Blueberries are their only crop. If you’d like to spend less time by the smoker and more time by the pool this Memorial Day, Brisket Heaven will sell brisket by the pound and lard and gluten-free brisket tamales.

677 W. Campbell Rd.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.