Farm to Market Report: Weekend of June 30-July 1

St. Michael’s Farmers Market: New this week! Look out, Park Cities and Preston Hollow residents. You already have the fabulous Celebration Market, and beginning Saturday, a new stop for local produce and artisan foods (decisions, decisions).  St. Michael’s will look to specialize in sustainable, natural and organically grown produce from smaller farms like Rae Lili Farm in Cooper, Texas. They’ll have some of the more obscure produce such as Swiss chard and mini-cabbages. They’ll also have fresh eggs. EMA baking company will be there with some awesome homemade biscotti under the brand name Martin’s Biscotti. They’re one of my favorite vendors from the White Rock Local Market, which is only open twice a month. Now you can get their amazing curry coconut biscotti on a weekly basis.

8011 Douglas Ave.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Celebration Farmers Market: The pork plan didn’t pan out for last weekend but Holleman Farms is (really) going to debut their Red Wattle pork this weekend. Red Wattle are native to Texas and are one of the leanest species of hog.  I know, I know. You’re doubtful after last week’s disappointment, but Fourth of July is Wednesday and they’ve promised us ribs, roasts, chops and bacon at the very least. The Celebration Farmers Market pork forecast also calls for a 50 percent chance of sausage. Joy Farm will have two kinds of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, and as well as indigo rose tomatoes.

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

Jump for more locally grown goodness.

Captain George Newell hangs around outside the Magnolia Seafood trailer to chat with his customers

Coppell Farmers Market: Dead End Family Farm will return this weekend with some huge Armenian cucumbers and peaches. They’ll also have gigantic Louisiana Green Velvet Tip okra (think okra the size of an Anaheim pepper). When I walked by their table last weekend, I took my sunglasses off thinking the magnification made their produce look so big.  When I asked if they used any growing tricks, they credited only their six generations of experience farming in Spanish Fort, Texas.

Anyone who knows fishermen, knows one who can tell a tale. Captain George Newell of Magnolia Seafood will be there this weekend selling gulf shrimp, red snapper, and other seafood. He’ll be easy to spot, as he’s the only vendor in an air-conditioned trailer. Buy some seafood from the man who caught it, hear a few stories and cool off. He won’t mind the company.

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

Dallas Farmers Market: You can, of course, find any produce you want here since not all of their growers are local. The local growers should have a good mix this weekend. Look for late tomatoes and black berries, summer squash and cucumbers, green beans, fresh hulled peas, potatoes, and eggplant.

Registration is now open for the July 11 workshop on sourdough bread making. You’ll learn how to make several different starters, including one that is gluten free, and use them to make sourdough pancakes, pita bread, and sourdough bread sticks.

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

Fairview Farms Marketplace: The weather may be too hot for tomatoes to grow in the immediate area, but East Texas is still growing strong. Fairview will have tons of tomatoes from our slightly cooler neighbors to the east this weekend. Also look for a magnificent selection of sugar queen and spaghetti squash, as well as pesticide-free corn and honey from Josephine, Texas. In the way of potted plants, they’ll have some especially beautiful ferns for your hanging baskets as well as a great selection of Ivy.

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

Watermelons are now in season

Frisco Farmers Market: Truth Hill Farm will make the trek from Farmersville, Texas this weekend with grass fed beef, pastured pork and chicken and free range eggs.  The beef is their specialty, though, and they boast that their animals have been fed nothing but grass and alfalfa hay for the entirety of their lives. This nutrient-packed diet produces beef that is higher in beta carotene and omega-3 fatty acids and lower in calories than grain fed beef. Fusion Tea Room will also have loose leaf tea as well as iced tea for sale by the glass – a must for outdoor shopping in this heat. Double D farm is a small hobby farm in Frisco that specializes in pesticide-free tomatoes. Come and get ’em while you still can. Tomato plants won’t bear fruit once the heat of summer sets in, so they won’t be around long. Watermelons are in full season just in time for the Fourth of July. D-Bar Farms, La Esperanza Farms, and Little John’s will all have some juicy ones.

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

Grapevine Farmers Market: All the usual produce vendors will be there. If you’re doing any entertaining during the coming holiday week (or even if you’re not), pick up a jar of award-winning salsa from Warning Salsa. If you’re heading out to the fireworks, pack some beef jerky from South Texas Beef Jerky. It comes in original and habanero flavor, which should be hot enough to distract you from the temperature outside.

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

Four Seasons Market: Mark Deffeback will be strumming away on the guitar this weekend.  If you think it’ll be too hot to stand and watch, think again. All you’ll need is an icy treat from the 30 foot long snow cone truck, though they’d probably draw a bigger crowd if the truck could make a 30 foot snow cone. La Esperanza Farm will be out this weekend with an incredible variety of produce. They’ve got peaches, tomatoes, green and white onions, corn, herbs, peppers, okra, cucumbers, and yellow squash, to name a few. They can usually be counted upon for great fresh cilantro, but they have informed me that, like tomatoes, cilantro simply refuses to grow in the heat. What’s a salsa maker to do?

Mary B Cakes will return with some awesome loaf breads. Look for a tasty traditional banana and lemon cranberry loaves, if breakfast breads suit your fancy. I tried her bread pudding loaf last week. Not only is bread pudding in loaf format a brilliant idea, it was phenomenal with vanilla ice cream.

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

McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square: Rehoboth Ranch will be back with grass fed beef and lamb and pastured poultry. Kitchen Pride Mushrooms will have all your favorite Texas toadstools, including portabella, crimini, and white button varieties. There will be no shortage of ingredients to add your mushrooms to. Swing by Lucido’s Pasta for some homemade pasta in a variety of flavors. They usually also have sauce, but if not Texas Olive Ranch has you covered. Just add any of their flavored olive oils to the pasta and toss in some sautéed mushrooms (or other tasty market produce) and serve on the side of some Rehoboth Ranch pastured chicken, and you’ve got your own farm-to-table dinner.

315 Chestnut St.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

McKinney Farmers Market at Adriatica: Chestnut Square’s smaller sister market is a great place to stock up on fresh items you wish you’d gotten more of the previous weekend. Rehoboth Ranch and Lucidos Pasta will be there as well as at the Chestnut Square Market Saturday. Berry Best Farm will have organic blueberries. The Tamale Company will be here this week as well. Last week, I tried their vegan tamale (all their tamales are lard-free), and I really enjoyed the black bean and corn filling. It was just spicy enough that you could eat it without sauce. I hardly missed the cheese, which was recently removed from the recipe to accommodate those who dine animal-free.

6851 Virginia Parkway
Thursday, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m.

Grand Prairie Farmers Market is holding Adopt-A-Pet day this Saturday. The Prairie Paws animal shelter will be there with plenty of adoptable dogs and cats in need of forever homes. In A Pickle will have some of their great pickles and relishes. Their pickles have chili peppers in the jar with them so they have a bit of kick. Once you try these, your hamburgers will never be dressed with grocery store dill chips again. Texas Heritage Beef will have grass fed beef for those who are looking to grill steaks this week.

120 W. Main St.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.  –  1:00 p.m.

Get the best local tomatoes while you can. They don't grow well in the heat.

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market has added a new pottery vendor for you to check out if you’re doing some late planting, or if your plants have taken off and are in need of relocation to a bigger pot. Aside from that, look for the same mix of vendors as previous weeks with melons and peaches galore.

215 Front Street
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. –  1:00 p.m.

Rockwall Farmers Market will feature live acoustic guitar performances from Victor Andrada this week. The vast majority of their farms use sustainable and organic growing practices, though only Berry Best Farm is certified organic.

325 South Goliad
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cowtown Farmers Market: This market has as many, if not more small hobby growers selling their excess than it has farmers. What you might think these growers lack in terms of experience, they make up for in love. Crops on small plots receive a lot more attention. There will be plenty of larger farms out as well, but don’t forget to support small growers contribution to the food supply. Worthington Orchard should have a nice selection of produce including some fresh berries and peaches.

3821 Southwest Blvd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.