Farm to Market Report: May 4 Weekend

farmersMarket_02_char11The best thing about the beginning of the past few months? The reopening of farmers markets for the season, of course. Rockwall will cut their ceremonial ribbon this Saturday for what’s sure to be a great start to the rest of the growing season. Several special events are going on this weekend that will feature live music and great food to brighten your weekend.

Coppell Farmers Market: If you keep up with bizarre and little-known holidays, then you probably know that May is National Salad Month. Coppell is stocked this week with all the items you need to celebrate: Swiss chard, collards, kale, radishes, strawberries, and pecans, onions, and broccoli. Artisan products will include baked goods, cheese, coffee, pasta, and spiced nuts. Victor Andrada, a local Dallas-area light jazz guitarist, will be providing the sounds to set the day’s mood.

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

Collin County Farmers Market: I’m not sure about you, but I can never get enough of tamales. Luckily, local tamale vendor Tejas Farms will be at the market between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to serve what I’m sure will be a delicious lunch. Don’t miss the special piñata ceremony taking place at noon. Other vendors coming on Saturday include Texas Toffee with flavors like almond, pecan, and walnut; and Earth on Tap with a variety of fresh pressed juices and smoothies.

3314 Central Expressway
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Dallas Farmers Market: The 20th year of the market’s spring cooking classes are coming to an end with Tiffany Derry of Bowen’s Café Expresso. The theme is “Flavors of the South.” A native of Beaumont, Texas, Derry was a part of the season seven cast of Bravo’s Top Chef and was voted Fan Favorite. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to cook with a chef that has gotten national recognition.

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

Four Seasons Market: Joy Farm Country Store will be back this weekend with their great Texas olive oil. If you haven’t tried any of Lucido’s Pasta, be sure to stop by on Saturday to pick some up and use it for your next Italian dish. Terra Sienna will be on hand with grass-fed beef, a much “greener” and healthier option than their grain-fed counterparts. Among the non-food vendors, look for items such as hair accessories, luxury soaps, and lots of handmade jewelry. With the weather getting warmer every day, why not play with brighter colors?

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

Grapevine Farmers Market: The weather this weekend should be sunny and pleasant, but you may still be in need of a refresher. Make your way over to Grapevine to visit Hip Pop, a local Grapevine store that makes ice pops in interesting flavors such as Strawberry Lemon Basil and Mango Habanero. Another local vendor, Grapevine Grains, will have fresh granolas, oatmeal, and stone ground mixes. Definitely a great opportunity to support local businesses in the city!

325 S. Main St.
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Natural lip balms from Herbal & Organic Products by Ann. Photo by Sheila Dang
Natural lip balms from Herbal & Organic Products by Ann. Photo by Sheila Dang

Grand Prairie Farmers Market: The market had a great time partnering with the Main Street Festival last weekend, but the fun’s not over! Join Grand Prairie in celebrating Cinco de Mayo, complete with piñatas, food trucks, mariachi dancers, and a gift market. After you’re done soaking in the fun, go shop the market for cookies, breads, plants, and eggs among other items.

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

Rockwall Farmers Market: Don’t miss the ribbon-cutting ceremony this Saturday to welcome back the Rockwall market for the summer. The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. on the north side of the courthouse. C & R Berry Farm will have delicious blueberries and blackberries, and Crazy Rick’s Organica will have more vegetables and herbs. If you’re searching for something a bit more hearty, Hawg Wild Barbeque looks like an interesting choice with rubs and sauces for your next cooking session.

385 S. Goliad
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

White Rock Local Market: White Rock continues its practice of the past weeks of bringing in food trucks to serve hungry market shoppers. You’ll get to choose from five trucks: Luscher’s Post Oak Red Hots, Popstar All Natural Popsicles, Guava Tree Truck, Bacon Lover’s Truck, and Empanada Armada. My recommendation? Try Empanada Armada if you haven’t already; they won the Best Food Truck award by people who attended the first annual Texas Food Truckin’ Fest this past weekend.

The market also recently announced a summer workshop series beginning May 25 that will benefit community programs and the White Rock Local Garden. Texas Worm Ranch’s Heather Rinaldi will kick-off the series by teaching how care for gardens in the summer. Check back for more details around that date.

9150 Garland Road
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sheila Dang is a D Magazine intern and a junior at UT Dallas majoring in Economics.