Farm to Market Report: Weekend of October 20-21

Looking for the perfect way to spend this fall weekend? A number of farmers markets have been hard at work organizing their fall festivals and the time is finally here! Start off your Saturday morning in a festive spirit and head out to your local market to pick up pumpkins for carving and wreaths for hanging. The perk? All of these festivals have plenty to keep your little ones entertained while you stock up on kitchen necessities.

Celebration Farmers Market: This Saturday is Celebration’s popular Holiday Feast. The event will be held in the store from 11-1, and shoppers will be able to sample turkey and other holiday feast fixings. All orders placed in the store during the feast will be 10% off.

Don’t forget, the Market store also carries products from many of Celebration’s outdoor market vendors, so folks can still stop in and buy tamales, fresh salsa, jams, pastured eggs, and more year round.

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

Coppell Farmers Market: This Saturday Coppell is hosting a Food Day for Kids to celebrate a healthy, affordable, and sustainable way of living. The DFW Truck Farm will be there with a mini farm in the back of their truck for children to practice growing activities. Chef Victoria Hooker will also working her magic and cooking with the kids and teaching them creative ways to utilize fruits and vegetables. Vendors will have child size portions so kids can help their parents and do their own shopping at the market.

The third Saturday of the month brings both of the cheese vendors, goat milk soap, and Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters in addition to the other weekly producers of pastured meats and eggs. Gulf seafood, olive oil, pesto and pastas, baked goods, spices, doggie treats, soy candles and artisan soaps are just a few other items that can be found. Butternut and multi-colored acorn squash are in season, and hot and sweet peppers have joined the tomatoes, onions, sweet and red potatoes, eggplant, green beans, and the end of season melons. Apple varieties are widening, but pears and grapes are in more limited quantities.

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

Cowtown Farmers Market: Saturday is Cowtown’s annual Fall Harvest Festival. Their jam-packed itinerary includes live music, a food truck doling out your favorite dishes, and cooking demonstrations using seasonal, fresh market items by the Culinary School of Fort Worth. There will also be a fall gardening demo by Harvest Supply and a furniture display made from PalletSmart’s recycled pallets. Bring a donation to the collection drive for the Tarrant Area Food Bank and take advantage of all the fall activities.

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

Dallas Farmers Market: This Saturday is your last chance to take part in one of the American Institute of Food and Wine’s cooking classes. Patton Robertson of Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty will be on hand giving his best tips on how to make a four-star dish out of market ingredients.

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

Fairview Farms Marketplace: Fairview Farms is open 7 days a week in October.

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

Frisco Farmers Market: This is the last weekend before Frisco Farmers Market closes for the season. They will have seasonal craft vendors selling wreaths and any other decorative item you may need for the holiday season.

Mana’s spices will also be there with their new flavor of Ghost Chili Salts.

6048 Frisco Square Blvd.

Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

photo by Desiree Espada

Grand Prairie Farmers Market: Saturday is Pumpkin Craze at Grand Prairie Farmers Market. It’s all about pumpkins and gourds, from pumpkin decorating and pumpkin bowling, to pumpkin tosses and a pumpkin patch.

The regular farmers market will be joined with a holiday gift market, and bounce houses, food trucks, face painting, and a harvest photo display can provide fun for the whole family.

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

Grapevine Farmers Market: It’s still hatch chile season out at Grapevine. Swing by to pick up hatch chiles and try your hand at one of these recipes.

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

St. Michaels Farmers Market: There are only two Saturdays left to get out to St. Michaels Farmers Market before it shuts down for the fall. This Saturday, St. Michaels Farmers Market is teaming up with the Red Cross for a Blood Drive. Shop the local vendors while giving back to others.

8011 Douglas
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

*Closed for the season: Rockwall Farmers Market

D Magazine intern Caitlin Adams graduated as valedictorian from The University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media in May 2012. She is a recent Dallas transplant and likes to spend her weekends brunching, frequenting flea markets, and playing outside with her brother’s puppy.