Farm to Market Report: May 1-3

Cinco de Mayo is Tuesday, but some farmers markets are celebrating the holiday this weekend with foods to inspire your south of the border fiesta.

farmersMarket_02_char-1Cinco de Mayo is Tuesday, but some farmers markets are celebrating the holiday this weekend with foods to inspire your south of the border fiesta. Stock up on chips and salsa, the first appetizer to go once everyone starts hitting the tequila bottle. On that note, maybe grab a few extra packages of tortillas to soak up the alcohol in everyone’s bellies, too.

Collin County Farmers Market
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Saturday with Collin County Farmers Market. A market lunch of brisket tacos, beans, rice, chips, and salsa will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday thanks to vendors Roadhog barbecue, Cj’s Salsa, Bar M Spices, Mana’s Gourmet Products, Truth Hill, and Pachi Pachi cheese. The vendor of the week is Wholemade by Jen, with products such as lip balms, body scrubs, face care, and more. Stop by and say “Cinco de Mayo” for a free margarita lip balm with a $20 purchase. Coffee del Rey will be at market as well and will be donating a portion of their sales to the relief effort in Nepal for the next two weeks. Direct donations are accepted as well. The vendor of the week is Purple Ranch Lavender Farm with aromatherapy, bath, and body products. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the fiesta music. Maybe bring a blanket too for an after-lunch siesta.

206 N. Murphy Road Murphy, TX 75094
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Coppell Farmers Market
Looking for some fresh ingredients to make your Cinco de Mayo dinner extra special? Coppell Farmers Market has the hook up. Two Chefs is bringing fresh salsa and those thin, crispy, salty tortilla chips that are a food addiction for any Texan that enjoys Tex-Mex cooking. The Tamale Company will have cheese and jalapeño tamales. There’s a chance they could possibly be bringing other tamale combinations such as ancho chili pork, Southwest vegan, chicken tomatillo, or beef tenderloin, so make sure to check it out. Both meat vendors at market will offer jalapeño sausage links that will add a kick to your menu, and produce selections such as tomatoes, green onions, radishes, salad greens, squash, and zucchini can add a fresh and spicy flair to your meal. This week’s fresh pickings include artichokes, arugula, basil, beets, bok choy, broccoli, carrots, chard, cilantro, collards, dandelion greens, green onions, fennel, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuces, mint, mizuna, mustard greens, parsnips, sorrel, spinach, watercress, and more. Also look for greenhouse-raised cucumbers, snap peas, green beans, tomato varieties, strawberries, and more. The dairy selection has also grown, and now includes drinkable goat milk yogurt in several flavors, pimento cheese, goat and cow’s milk artisan cheeses, and butter. Artisan favorites such as pound cakes, doggie biscuits, whole grains, vinegar, and more are always available. This Saturday will also host one of the occasional artisan arts and craft fairs at market. All items will be handmade or upcycled goods with many one of a kind items for Mother’s Day (or yourself. Hey, you work hard).

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

Dallas Farmers Market
Wood and Time barbecue and Summerhill Winery will become a mainstay at The Shed for the weekends, and many other vendors will be arriving Friday with eat-on-site foods that are great for the office lunch hour. Spring onions and a large variety of greens will be available at the market this weekend as well, along with the Texas Honeybee Guild with information about honeybees and their local honey. Although the Dallas Farmers Market is downtown, you can find free parking by going north or south on Cesar Chavez and following the yellow DFM parking signs to parking lot E.

1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas
Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Frisco Farmers Market
The Frisco Rotary Farmers Market will have its grand opening this Saturday, May 2, at Frisco Square. Participating vendors include Fun Guys Gourmet Mushrooms, Busia’s Balm with hand and body lotions, Hagenara African art and more. Look for fresh produce and artisan goods as well. The market has moved just east of its original location due to construction. Turn into the Jake’s entrance and drive to the rear portion of the parking lot to reach the new location. Tent tops will be visible from Main Street and Frisco Street.

6048 Frisco Square Boulevard, Frisco
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grapevine Farmers Market
The Grapevine farmers market is bursting with fresh, local spring produce this weekend. Featured produce includes seedless watermelon, apricots, fairytale eggplant, Vidalia onions and more. Organic selections include Swiss chard, butter leaf lettuce, green onions, grapefruit, sweet onions, heirloom tomatoes, and more. Local favorites this weekend include turnips, oranges, sweet potatoes, and more. This weekend is the farmers market’s annual plant sale. All plants are buy two get one free. The featured jarred item of the week is chow chow, a relish made from ingredients such as green tomatoes, cabbage, chayote, onions, carrots, beans, peas and other vegetable varieties. Chow chow goes great on pinto beans, hot dogs, hamburgers, and more. The featured vendor this week is Divine Swine, a Texas purveyor of artisan bacon. The bacon is dry rub cured for seven days and then hickory smoked with either a brown sugar glaze or a savory black pepper rub. Be sure to head to market Saturday for a sample.

Farmers Market of Grapevine
325 S. Main St., Grapevine

Master Made Feed Store
702 S. Main St, Grapevine

Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Saint Michael’s Farmers Market
Saint Michael’s is welcoming new vendors to market this weekend. Oak Lawn Pecans will be there, along with Wolfe Pen Creek Farm with their Texas yogurt made from fresh fruits and yogurt at the farm in Lone Oak. They will also be bringing strawberries, onions, and more. Mom’s Buns Bakery will be there for the first time as well. Look for seasonal favorites such as lemon rosemary and lemon poppy seed, and classics like honey buns, salted buns, and hot buns made with jalapeño and cheese. If you didn’t already know, Dallas Lemonade Day is this Saturday, and to celebrate, a group of students will be setting up a lemonade stand.

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

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