From Farm-to-Market Report: July 25-27

Learn how to compost, sample fudge and smoked salsa, and check out the freshest produce.

farmersMarket_02_char (1)From a fig and fudge fest to searching for the perfect melon, the DFW farmers market circuit will have a plethora of options this weekend. Go outside your normal Saturday morning routine; you may be pleasantly surprised!

Collin County Farmers Market
This Saturday, the market will host a free workshop on Bokashi composting, which is an alternate style of composting where most anything can be composted.
In addition to the workshop, the market will welcome Purple Ranch Lavender Farm and Nate’s Raw Harvest. Based in Royse City, Purple Ranch offers a variety of lavender products ranging from aromatherapy to bath and body to culinary lavender. Nate’s Raw Harvest will offer an assortment of organic, pre-soaked, vegan, raw, non-gmo, gluten-free snacks. From soaked pecans to sprouted sunflower, Nate’s will have a variety to choose from at Saturday’s market.
3314 N. Central Expressway, Plano
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Coppell Farmers Market
Among the market’s 41 vendors, you’ll find locally grown Israeli melons, cantaloupe, watermelons and blueberries, as well as other varieties of sweet produce. Right now, brightly colored summer vegetables are in abundance. If looking for various types of eggplants, make sure to stop by the market Saturday. From deep purple to lavender to white, vendors will offer several variations of eggplants perfect or summer dishes. This market has several artisan food vendors as well. Check out their offerings week-to-week for a surprise! Also, the market recently reported record attendance, with almost 700 more people in attendance than a year ago.
768 W. Main St.
, Coppell

8 a.m. to noon Saturday

Dallas Farmers Market
The market welcomes Austin-based AustiNuts starting Saturday. AustiNuts, a company that specializes in dry-roasting nuts, will set up in Shed 3. Because they have no added oils, additives or preservatives, dry-roasted nuts give a more natural flavor and a more defined crunch. AustiNuts will also have dried-fruit snacks, trail mixes, as well as gourmet chocolates and candies.
1010 S. Pearl Expwy.

Daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fairview Farms Marketplace
Ali’s Farm Fresh Produce sells from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and has a wide variety of Texas-grown produce ranging from onions, okra, baby eggplants, squash, zucchini and large tomatoes. This vendor also offers cantaloupe, pears, plums and peaches. 
3314 N Central Expressway

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Purple Ranch Culinary, courtesy of Purple Ranch.
Purple Ranch Culinary, courtesy of Purple Ranch.
Frisco Farmers Market
CJ’s Smokehouse and Plant Love will make their market debuts this weekend. CJ Smokehouse creates one-of-a-kind salsa. Although new on the scene, CJ is becoming increasingly known for its salsa. Unlike roasted salsa, CJ’s smokes its salsas for a unique flavor. The best part? Samples.
Plant Love will bring succulent arrangements, herb gardens and modern unique art that celebrates vegetation.
6048 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until sellout) Saturdays

Grand Prairie Farmers Market
The inaugural Mrs. Ruthie’s Fig and Fudge Fest will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The festival is held in honor of the city’s Mayor Pro-Tem Ruthe Jackson, who passed away last year at 92. Jackson enjoyed picking figs from her mother’s trees and eating chocolate fudge. Her figs will be available for purchase, and all proceeds will benefit LifeLine Shelter for Families. Other fig-based items and homemade fudge will also be sold to benefit the shelter. The festival will include a fig preserve and fudge contest and tasting, a cooking demonstration featuring figs by Chef Susan Faulkner and Jackson’s daughter, Councilwoman Jorja Clemson, and a live performance by Crawfish. Several vendors will feature figs and fudge in their items.
120 W. Main St.

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Little D Farmers Market
The market operates on the first, second and third Sundays of the month, and will be back Aug. 3.
423 N. Singleton Blvd.

Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church Farmers Market
This weekend, the market welcomes two newcomers: community favorite High-Rise Farmers Market, who will have fresh fruits, veggies, herbs and homemade pies, and Jay Johnston, who will be selling ASEA, a biotech product featuring REDOX molecules. Read more about this product here
3014 Oak Lawn Ave

8 a.m. to noon

Purple Ranch Linen Spray, courtesy of Purple Ranch.
Purple Ranch Linen Spray, courtesy of Purple Ranch.
Saint Michael’s Farmers Market
Rockwall Soap Co. returns to the market this week with natural, handcrafted soaps, lotions, creams and bath salts. These items are all made with pure essential oils and ingredients such as poppy seed, goat milk, honey, oatmeal and natural herbs. Also, Basic Foodism will be on hand with their all-natural barbecue sauces. Try an assortment of sauces from gluten-free Tangy Ginger to Berry Cranberry.
Produce remains popular and plentiful with varieties such as peaches and tomatoes, purple hull peas, eggplant, green beans, beets, okra and peppers. Also, this will be the last opportunity to drop off clothing for the market’s “Christmas in July” drive. The August market will benefit Community Partners with a Back-to-School drive, in which volunteers will collect school supplies.
8011 Douglas Ave., Dallas

8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays

Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market
This Saturday, the market will have a host of different melons, ranging from Texas cantaloupes to watermelon. The market also features fresh meats, jams, jellies, salsas, baked goods as well as fine pottery, jewelry and plants. Make plans to stop by the market’s much-loved tamale vendor. Made with fresh, natural ingredients, these tamales are handmade and come in a variety of flavors.
Also, mark your calendar for the Ellis County Master Gardener Grill Fest kicking off Aug. 2. Farmers provide their locally grown vegetables and fruit, the master gardeners prep them grilling and sampling.
410 S. Rogers, Waxahachie

8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays