The last few weeks of winter can seem to drag on longer than the whole season itself. The weather gets warm and the sun starts shining. We attempt to wear short-sleeve shirts and leave our jackets at home, and then Old Man Winter laughs in our faces and blasts us with (what feels like) subzero temps and frozen roads, forcing us to stay indoors eating canned soup. But fear not! We are almost done with winter, and a few farmers markets are sticking it to the man, Old Man Winter that is, by opening up shop before spring’s arrival with fresh and vibrant goodies reminiscent of what spring is all about.
Spring has (almost) sprung! The Coppell Farmers Market will hold a winter market day Saturday, March 14. New arrivals this season are mache, a winter green sometimes referred to as lamb’s lettuce, baby leeks, pea tendrils, micro arugula, alfalfa and bean sprouts. Unless the latest winter storms we’ve had have damaged crops, expect spinach, leaf lettuces, dandelion greens, bok choi and more. Other possibilities might include winter favorites such as broccoli, carrots, turnips, Brussel sprouts, and radishes. Also newly added are wild foraged mushrooms, green onions, dill, parsley, shelled pecans, and grasses. Pre-orders are being taken now for Easter lamb, and specialty winter vendors are persevering through the end of the cold season, bringing with them biscotti, flavored popcorn, gluten-free entrees, honey sticks, Texas olive oil, homemade dog treats, and products such as shea butter, sugar scrubs, and honeybee lip balm to heal chapped winter skin.
768 W. Main St., Coppell
8 a.m. to noon Saturday
Chef Mark Wootton of the Garden Café will be at The Shed in the Dallas Farmers Market this Saturday for the Eat Well, Dallas event to talk about healthy, sustainable food. He will be shopping the market for food and explaining how to plan a meal around the market. Wootton will also prepare a meal and perform a cooking demonstration with his selections from the Dallas Farmers Market. He plans on demonstrating a vegetable-heavy meal with a small amount of meat, but no specific recipe has been decided yet. The event begins at 10:30 and ends at noon and is free to the public. Check out the rest of the Dallas Farmers Market before heading out, which is open all day!
1010 S. Pearl Expy, Dallas
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
White Rock Local Market has ditched its name and debuts this weekend as Good Local Markets, a collection of White Rock, Lakeside, and Vickery Meadow markets. The markets will continue supporting only local growers and producers at all three of its locations. The White Rock location at the original Green Spot on Buckner Boulevard will be open this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Vickery Meadow market at the Half Price Books parking lot on West Northwest Highway will be open this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Good Local Markets has more than 100 vendors each year, and popular returning vendors include Alpha Omega Acres, Brazos Valley Cheese, Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters, Texas Worm Ranch, and more.
702 N. Buckner Blvd, Dallas
5803 E. Northwest, Dallas
9150 Garland Rd, Dallas
The European-style market will be open this Saturday with many favorite vendors returning once again, including the Dallas Caramel Company, Chelles Macarons, Burnin’ Beak habanero marmalade out of San Antonio, and Heirloom Gourmet Delights with their variety of pickles and jams. There are also non-food vendors as well, which include handmade jewelry, natural skincare products, garden décor, and handmade soaps and lotions. You’ll surely bring home something you didn’t need with this eclectic mix of vendors.
677 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson
10 a.m. until 3 p.m.