Farm to Market Report: April 10 – 12

As the weather warms each week, more and more farmers markets are opening up for the season. Here's our list.

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April showers really do bring May flowers… or vegetables. So grab a raincoat and head out to your local farmers market this weekend to pick up some flowers and produce to plant so you can have the freshest of greenery next month. As the weather warms each week, more and more farmers markets are opening up for the season, including Grapevine and Waxahachie this weekend.

Coppell Farmers Market

The fifth season of chef demonstrations begins at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday with Chef Hugh Stewart, the Sous Chef as Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill, for his third demonstration at market. Stewart went to culinary school at El Centro College and traveled for five years living in Central America and the Caribbean learning to perfect the exotic flavors of Caribbean and Spanish dishes. He joined Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill over two years ago where he wows foodies with his off-menu features and specials. Worried about the stormy weekend weather coming our way? The demo will take place under the extra shade cover in the grass by the center of the pavilion at market. Fresh in the market this week are lettuces, arugula, dandelion greens, beets, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cilantro, kale, herbs, mushrooms, strawberries, wheatgrass, and more. As always, artisan products such as goat and cows’ milk cheeses, butter, honey, breads, baked goods, salsa, whole grains, lemonade, and more will be available as well.

768 W. Main St., Coppell
Saturday, 8 a.m. – noon

Good Local Markets

Good Local Markets will be open at White Rock and Vickery Meadow Market this weekend. Featured produce this weekend includes lettuce, kale, bunching onions, chard, leeks, tomato plants, broccoli, cabbage, onions, sweet potato, spinach, kale, collards, green garlic, green onions, and leeks. Herbs will include parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, and spearmint. Pecans and flowers will be available as well. Specialty items include tamales, salsa, dried meats, baked goods, and goat’s milk soaps. Cheese, local eggs, beef, pork, and lamb will be available as well. On Sunday, the Vickery Meadow market will have local, naturally raised chicken – whole and pieces- available from Chandler Farms. Do you love spicy foods? Think you can make a mean pot of chili that could make the late Dallas newspaper columnist, chili enthusiast and creator of the famous Terlingua Chili Cookoff, Frank X. Tolbert, tip his hat to you? Then you should definitely sign up to participate in the 5th Annual Good Local Markets Chili Showdown that’s taking place Sunday, April 19th at Vickery Meadow Market. Teams will provide samples to a public tasting from 1 to 3 p.m. Special guest judges are Dallas City Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates, Chef/Owner Brian C. Luscher of Luscher’s Red Hots and The Grape, and our very own editor Tim Rogers. Entry fee is $25 per team and 20 teams will be chosen. To register online, go to www.goodlocalmarkets.org. Tasting tickets can be purchases for $5 at the Good Local Markets information desk at the event.
White Rock Market

702 N Buckner Blvd., Dallas
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Vickery Meadow Market
5803 E. Northwest, Dallas
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Grand Prairie Farmers Market

A cooking demonstration will be hosted by Chef Ernst from Texas Chefs Food Service at 10:30 this Saturday followed by a performance of Caleidoscope featuring ‘60s Motown by Arlington’s Creative Arts Theater and School (CATS) at 11 a.m. The market will feature locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, spices, honey, candles, tamales, and more and will be open every Saturday through December.

120 W. Main St., Grand Prairie
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grapevine Farmers Market

It’s opening weekend for Grapevine Farmers Market this weekend. There are lots of featured items this week, including Texas products such as oranges, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, herb plants, jams, pickled items, honey, grapefruit, onions, blueberries, and more. The featured vegetables this week are green beans and new potatoes, which pair well together as a spring side dish. The featured vendor this week is Amy’s Chocolate Gifts. These homemade chocolates are gluten free, diabetic friendly, and naturally sweetened. Try the red wine truffles made with wine from a local winery.

325 S. Main St., Grapevine
Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

McKinney Farmers Market

Join Jim W. Phipps, long time member of Oil Painters of America and this week’s featured artist in “Art in the Market” this Saturday morning at McKinney Farmers Market. Phipps is an impressionistic oil painter using “impasto” technique to give texture to his paintings of country settings and natural beauty. He’s been an oil painter for over 28 years, and the process of watching him paint will be an entertaining and educational demonstration as he shares his knowledge of the craft. As always, the market will have fresh produce and artisan goods such as pepper sauces, jams and jellies, organic meats, fresh baked goods, candies, jarred goods, and more.

315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney
Saturday, 8 a.m. – noon

Saint Michael Farmers Market

The fourth season of market for Saint Michael’s Farmers Market starts this Saturday. Nearly 30 vendors, many of them new, many of them old favorites, will be at market. A free workout through Crossfit Odyssey will be in held at 8:30 a.m. in the playground adjacent from the market each week. Saint Michael’s market believes in natural, sustainable, organic farming. Products must come from within a 150 mile radius of Dallas County, and all vendors must grow, produce, or make at least 60 percent of what they sell at market. Try to find some lettuces, tomatoes, zucchini, or other produce from Baugh Farms (https://www.facebook.com/baughfarms) or look to see if Jammit! Jams (http://jammitjam.com/) will be bringing their jams infused with herbs, spices, and spirits, like the peach thyme prosecco jam or raspberry ginger stout jam.

8011 Douglas Ave., Dallas
Saturday, 8 a.m. – noon

Uptown Farmers Market at West Village

This week the market will introduce Mozzarella Company into the mix with their cow and goats milk cheeses as well as low salt options and flavorful favorites like the sundried tomato-basil mascarpone torta, rosemary montasio, and Deep Ellum Blue. Live music will be featured this Saturday from local musician Jon Griffin, who has a bluesy, classic rock sound and has been entertaining audiences in the DFW area for almost two decades. Other vendors might include Round Rock Honey Company, Basic Foodism, Goldrush Mustard, Gimme Emporium and more along with fresh fruits and vegetables.
West Village, South Alley, Dallas
8 a.m. – noon

Waxahachie Farmers Market

Opening weekend for Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is this weekend. Vendors will have fresh, locally grown produce, plants, jams, jellies, spices, and more. C & J Farms will be inside the Farmers Market building at Field to Meals with artisan seasonings made in Corsicana. Look for their olive oil dipping blend and the Applewood smoked sea salt with jalapeño. The market will be open every Saturday through Halloween.
410 S Rogers St., Waxahachie
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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