Farm to Market Report: Weekend of July 7-8

The Independence Day festivities continue at some of the markets around town this weekend.

Celebration Farmers Market: The pork saga at Celebration Farmers Market continues: Holleman Farms missed the market last week due to car trouble, but their transportation woes have ended. The Red Wattle bacon, ribs, roasts, chops, and several types of sausage will be in this week as well as pastured chicken and eggs. In A Pickle will return with their sweet and spicy dill pickles and fresh jams. Peach chocolate jam makes its debut at the market (and maybe anywhere) this week for those who love a little adventure with breakfast. Jerry from Joy Farms will have more small batch organic produce and herbs including fireball jalapenos and lime basil.

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

Coppell Farmers Market: Good Spices has added a Sweet and Sour Lime seasoning to their lineup, as well as Sweet Chili Southwestern flavored almonds. July is here, and with it comes a new cake ball flavor of the month from Aray of Cakes. This month’s pina colada cake ball is rum and vanilla cake with coconut flakes, dipped in a vanilla icing and topped with coconut shavings. I love coconut enough that you won’t catch me complaining that the “pina” part of the equation is missing.

All the usual farmers will be out this weekend, though they’ll have some unusual produce. Highlights include poblano peppers, bi-color beets, burgundy okra, yellow zucchini (it’s sweeter than the common green zucchini), and long eggplant.

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

Dallas Farmers Market: There’s just never a dull moment at the Dallas Farmers Market. Be there between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday for a demonstration of the acrobatic Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira by Os Malandros de Mestre Touro. You might just pick up a few moves that will ensure no one will challenge you over who saw which watermelon first.

Registration is still open for the July 11 sourdough bread making class and the American Institute of Wine and Food has added a series of weekly classes taught by local chefs. Topics will cover everything from grilling to summer  bistro cooking. You can register for them all, or just the ones that interest you.

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

Frisco Farmers Market: Watermelon is the word this weekend, and La Esperanza Farm, D Bar Farm and Little John’s will each have a wheelbarrow full of them. Heavenly Tamales will make their debut in Frisco this week. They’ll have beef, pork and chicken tamales for carnivores and omnivores. Vegetarian? Try the black bean and jalapeno. If “no animals, no way, no how” is your motto, they’ve still got you covered with the vegan black bean and corn tamale. Local honey will also rule the day. Dr. O and The Medicine Show still play bluegrass tunes every weekend.

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

Grapevine Farmers Market: New organic produce in for this weekend only will include peaches, plums, and nectarines. Expect an impressive variety of melons on parade this weekend. Headliners include seedless Black Diamond watermelon, yellow meated watermelon, Israel melon, and Pecos cantelope. Jumbo Silver Queen white corn is back, and East Texas homegrown tomatoes are still coming in strong.

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

Sweet Texas peaches are now available everywhere

St. Michael’s Farmers Market is only in its second week of operation and it can already boast dueling goat cheese vendors. Rosa Family Farm and Latte Da Dairy are both exclusive makers of natural artisanal goat cheese. The cheesy goodness doesn’t end there. Mozzarella Company will have an assortment of cheese made right here in Deep Ellum. Peachy Page Farm will have (you guessed it) peaches and an assortment of other produce from Scurry, Texas.

8011 Douglas
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Four Seasons Market: Sadie B Foods will be there this there Saturday with their lineup of sauces. If you’re looking to support local, family owned businesses, this is a great one to try. They have three sauces at present, a barbecue sauce, a jerk sauce and a jerk barbecue sauce. The two surprised faces looking at me with doubt should have been my first clue that when they say “spicy”, they aren’t kidding. This Caribbean classic didn’t disappoint. While it was quite spicy, it was also flavorful. I really enjoyed that there was more to it than just the heat. I had to jump to the booth next door and grab a tortilla chip to put the fire on my palate out before trying the others. The regular barbecue sauce had a subtle sweetness, but not as much so as a honey-based sauce. The jerk barbecue is sure to be a crowd pleaser for lovers of spicy barbecue. It didn’t have nearly as much kick as the jerk sauce, but it’s enough to get you reaching for the potato salad.

Gilbert-Pruett Farm and La Esperanza farm each have a great assortment of peppers, tomatoes, peaches, okra and summer squash.

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

McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square: Elliott Grows will have locally grown hydroponic heirloom lettuce, greens and herbs and Good Earth Organic Farm will be selling vegetables, as wells as grass fed lamb and free range eggs. Both Lonestar Winery and Landon Winery will have their award winning Texas wines to add a touch of “fancy” to your farm-fresh meal. Don’t forget to stop by the smaller Adriatica market tonight (Thursday) at 6851 Virginia Parkway from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m.

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

Grand Prairie Farmers Market will continue the Independence Day festivities with “Red, White and Blueberries” themed market in celebration of the antioxidant-rich superfood that grows so well in Texas. Market goers are promised blueberries from sea to shining sea and other berry-related summer treats. If all the berry indulgence fails to satisfy your sweet tooth, swing by Margi Gee’s Kitchen for peanut brittle, pralines, candy and cookies.

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

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market: Burgundy Pasture will make the trip from Grandview, TX with 100% grass fed, hormone-free beef, dry aged to perfection. Their primary produce provider Carter Farms can always be counted upon for great tomatoes, but don’t neglect to try their yellow squash.

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

Rockwall Farmers Market: Pastamore̕  will be out this weekend with pasta, oils and vinegars, and a variety of sauces including barbecue sauce (so very Texan for a company based in Colorado), but I don’t recommend putting the barbecue sauce on their pasta. Have no fear. Truth Hill Farm will have enough grass fed beef for all your barbecuing and grilling needs. Reeves Family Farm will be one of several farms providing produce. I’m always excited to see them at markets for the simple reason that their onions are usually the perfect size for one recipe. Onions can get enormous and I hate to cut into a huge one and risk having to waste the rest. Reeves Family Farm is my go-to source for not-so-Texas-sized Texas onions.

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

Cowtown Farmers Market will hold the annual Summer Harvest Festival Saturday. Enjoy live music from singer-songwriter duo Barbara Taylor and Jeff Gibbons and tastings of local fresh foods. The event will also feature cooking demonstrations from the Culinary Institute of Fort Worth and a coloring contest for the kids. Local chef authors John Bonnell and Ellise Pierce will sell and autograph their cookbooks. If you’re in need of gardening advice, you’re in luck, as Dottie Woodson of the Texas Agrilife Extention Center and members of the Tarrant Country Master Gardeners Association will be there to offer there to offer their expertise. Since a festival isn’t festive until the food trucks roll in, Good Karma Kitchen will be serving up all your vegan and gluten free favorites. All the usual farmers and vendors will be there, and they’ll be joined this week by Andy Korn’s Kettle Korn.

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