Farm to Market Report: Weekend of Sept. 27-29

farmersMarket_02_charMy phone tells me that this weekend’s weather is shaping up to be pretty nice, give or take a rainstorm or two. But rain or shine, don’t let anything keep you from checking out all of the good stuff going on at the markets. Here’s a tip: They definitely make these funky double umbrellas now.

Chestnut Square:

315 S. Chestnut St.
McKinney, TX 75069 

Fun times at Chestnut Square! On Saturday, they’re teaming up with The Smithsonian to bring you a ton of great stuff to do. All of the historic houses at Chestnut Square will open for those who have free tickets from the Smithsonian. They’ll have free Dutch oven cooking and blacksmithing demonstrations. They’ll also have free kids crafts at the single-room schoolhouse, sponsored by the Primrose Schools of Eldorado and Stonebrooke. And the man himself, Bud Rager, will be providing entertainment from the porch of the Taylor Inn.

Coppell Farmers Market:

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

This Saturday is the fourth Coppell Farmers Market “Market to Kitchen” chef demo. They will be hosting their neighbor, Hard Eight BBQ. Come out and get in on all of the fun.

White Rock Local Market:

702 N. Buckner Blvd
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This week’s market at The Green Spot is shaping up to be a big one. There’s going to be lots of locally grown fall vegetables – pumpkins, squash, okra, peppers, sweet potatoes – and this week they’re also signing folks up for the October 19 Pie Contest. The categories are fruit, nut, chocolate, savory, youth, and cream/custard. Winners will receive complimentary WRLM memberships and gift certificates to the market. Put your family recipe to the test.

Also at this week’s market will be their newest vendor, Strawberry Girl Jam.

Grapevine Farmers Market:

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

It is now officially the season of the pumpkin. At the Grapevine market, you’ll find pumpkin décor, pumpkin recipes, and of course, delicious pumpkin pies. That’s just about everything you’ll need to ring in the must plump, orange time of year. Pick out your perfect pumpkin this weekend.

Saint Michaels Farmers Market:

8011 Douglas
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

There are so many good things happening at Saint Michaels this weekend. For starters, you’ll find Lucido’s handmade fresh pasta and Ipanema’s Brazilian cheese bread. Holy moly. Be sure to get in early for Daily Greens’ raw cold pressed green juice. It goes pretty fast.

Baugh Farm, Sachese Farm, La Esperanza Farm and 3 Forks will be back with East Texas tomatoes, squash, peaches, zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes and onions. Hudspeth Farm and Mesquite Hill Farm will have fresh farm eggs, grass fed beef and pastured raised chicken. Be on the lookout for chicken sausage, chicken breasts, steaks, roasts and pork chops.

You can also pick up some natural handcrafted natural soaps from Rockwall Soap Co., made with stuff like poppy seed, goat milk , honey, oatmeal, and natural herbs.

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market:

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

You can expect to find a packed house filled with plenty of sweet treats, veggies, grass fed beef, local honey, crafts, soap, candles, and lots of those tasty hatch peppers at the Farmers Market this weekend.

Jake Austin Medina is a D Magazine intern and a journalism major at the University of North Texas. Fall is his second favorite season.

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