Hey DISHIES! Building community and helping out your neighbors is always a better way to live. So is eating cleanly and well! Here's a great way to do all of that! Shop your local farmer's markets!
A few tips from savvy farmers-market shopper before you plan your trip... arrive early, brings some bags and packs some $1 and $5 bills so that farmers aren't trying to make change for $20s. If your errands will prevent you from returning home right away, bring a cooler, as farm-fresh produce is perishable
BOLSA: First Sunday of the month, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., through October. Produce from the restaurant's farmer suppliers as well the Texas Honeybee Guild, chocolatier Katherine Clapner, Kessler Cookies, Texas Olive Ranch and others. Live entertainment. • 614 W. Davis St., Dallas; 214-367-9367.
COLLEYVILLE FARMERS MARKET: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local produce in season. • 5409 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville; 817-427-2333.
COPPELL FARMERS MARKET: Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, through Nov. 20. One of the area's best community farmers markets, with farmers, pastured meats, eggs, cheese and chicken, gulf seafood, dairy, breads, baked goods, jams, jellies, salsas and more. New vendors this year include Republic Coffee (locally roasted), Dallas Spice Market/Kurry King (Indian spice blends), Village Baking Co., Texas Daily Harvest (organic dairy) and Victoria Hooker, with handmade tortillas and salsa. South Coppell Road is now open, so be prepared to enter on Bethel and exit on South Coppell. • 455 W. Bethel Road, (between Denton Tap Road and Freeport Parkway) in Old Town Coppell; 972-304-7043; www.coppellfarmersmarket.org.
CORSICANA BRICK STREET FARMERS MARKET: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., opens Saturday. This new market is a Farmer-Rancher Network producer-only farmers market, organized by former Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association president Jackie King, who also co-owns P.O.P. Acres (pastured meats); Tony Johns, formerly with the Dallas Farmers Market; and Brian Cummings, who organized eatgreendfw.com . Look for Texas-grown and Texas-made products and services and food vendors from within a 150-mile radius. • Corsicana Bank of America parking lot, 209 N. 12th St. (at West Fifth Street), Corsicana; 903-673-1435; www.farmerranchernetwork.org.
COTTON'S PRODUCE MARKET: Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mom-and-pop retail stand that sells produce mostly from local farmers. • 4200 Broadway, Garland ; 972-240-8810.
COX FARMS MARKET: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A neighborhood natural-foods market that carries local produce in season as well as locally produced meats and pastured chicken year-round. • 1026 S. Main St., Duncanville ; 972-283-8851.
COWTOWN FARMERS MARKET: Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Producer-only market. Besides farmers, there are artisan baked goods, goat cheese, locally roasted coffee, tamales, natural granola and more. Part of the North Central Texas Farmers Markets Association (produce grown within a 150-mile radius). The market's Fresh Line tells what's going to be at the market. • State Highway 377 at Southwest Boulevard, Fort Worth (east side of Weatherford traffic circle, parking lot in front of Texas Outdoors); 817-462-1426 (Fresh Line); www.cowtownfarmersmarket.com.
DALLAS FARMERS MARKET: Daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days. Look for local farmers, mixed with a few dealers, in Shed No. 1 with cheese, eggs, sorbet, produce, pasteurized organic farm milk and more; most come on Saturday, but many are there Friday and Sunday, too. Shed No. 2 is filling up with food producers, including permanent vendors Pecan Lodge Catering (breakfast and lunch Thursday through Sunday), Old World Sausage (deli counter), and Ain't No Mo Buttercakes, also regulars Wackym's Kitchen, Texoma Winery and others. Koster Cattle Co. and Pastabilities, adjacent to the Dallas Farmers Market, are just north of Shed No. 1 (Fridays through Sundays). • 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas; 214-670-5880; www.dallasfarmersmarket.org. If you are going to the market for a specific item, call 214-670-5879.
DENTON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to sellout. Official opening date is June 1, but some farmers may come sooner with produce. Fruits, vegetables and herbs from Denton County farmers. • Sycamore at Carroll, adjacent to the Bayless-Selby House Museum, Denton; 817-946-0008.
EDEN'S ORGANIC GARDEN CENTER: Market day, the first and third Saturdays of every month, 9 a.m. to noon, through December, weather permitting. Small organic and sustainable farmers market with eggs, breads, beef, pork and chicken, plus fruits and vegetables. For items such as meat and bread, it's best to reserve ahead through the vendor. Get the contact number from Eden's website. Regulars include Cherokee Point Ranch, Moss Gathers Farm and Amy's Raw Chocolates. • 4710 Pioneer Road, Balch Springs; 214-348-3336; www.edensorganicfarm.com.
FORT WORTH DOWNTOWN MARKET: Saturday, 9 a.m. to sellout. Opens Saturday, likely with a single vendor. Picks up with the season. • 4800 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth (Sears parking lot); 817-925-3965.
FOUR SEASONS MARKET-ADDISON: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through November. This is the second European-style market from the Four Seasons Market team, featuring many of the same vendors. • Village on the Parkway, Belt Line at the Dallas North Tollway, in the parking lot of the former Bed, Bath and Beyond, Addison; 972-308-0100; www.fourseasonsmarkets.com.
FOUR SEASONS MARKET-GARLAND: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Started last year at Firewheel, this European-style market is one of the largest and most diverse community markets in the area, with growers, artisanal food producers and nonfood producers. Some regulars are Ain't No Mo Buttercakes, Brisket Heaven, Calais Winery, Heddin Family Farms (produce), JuHa Ranch (pastured meats, chicken and eggs), the Village Bakery and Walnut Creek Farm. During the cold-weather months, it moves indoors. • Firewheel Town Center, 305 River Fern Ave. (Bush Turnpike at State Highway 78, a.k.a. Lavon Drive), Garland; 972-675-1041; www.fourseasonsmarkets.com.
FRISCO FARMERS MARKET: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or sellout, through Oct. 23. Local fruit, vegetables, pastured meats, eggs, honey, pasta and baked goods. Regulars include Truth Hill Farm and Sloans Creek Farm (pastured meats), Village Baking Co., Magnolia Seafood (gulf harvest), Little John's Produce and others. • 6048 Frisco Square Blvd. (across from City Hall), Frisco; 214-407-6665; www.friscofarmersmarket.com.
GEORGIA'S FARMERS MARKET: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round. Starts bringing in local produce with the season. • 916 E. 15th St., Plano (east of Central Expressway); 972-516-4765; www.georgiasfarmersmarket.com.
GNISMER FARMS: Urban, family-run, pick-your-own (or they will pick for you). Saturday, 9 a.m. until picked out, Wednesday, 1 p.m. to picked out. Season starts with strawberries, will include tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, lettuces and more. Herb garden. Generally runs into July; reopens in October with pumpkins and fall vegetables. • 3010 S. Bowen, Arlington; 817-469-8704 (call to be sure weather hasn't affected ripening); www.gnismer.com.
GRAND PRAIRIE FARMERS MARKET: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 18. Produce, breads, grass-fed meat and poultry. North Central Texas Farmers Markets Association (produce grown within a 150-mile radius) portion of the market starts June 3. Vendors include Country Store Bakery, Aduro Bean Micro-Roasters, Homemade Gourmet, B and G Gardens and others. • Market Square, 120 W. Main St. (at NW Second Street), Grand Prairie; 972-237-8000; www.gptx.org/farmersmarket.
GRAPEVINE FARMERS MARKET: Thursday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to sellout, May 27 through October. Part of North Central Texas Farmers Markets Association (produce grown within a 150-mile radius). • 325 S. Main St. (behind the gazebo downtown), Grapevine; 940-872-5748.
HAM ORCHARDS: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 15 through Aug. 16. Country store for the family orchards with peaches and other produce, baked goods, peach and strawberry ice cream, pies, preserved goods, hamburgers and more. • 11939 County Road 309 (at State Highway 80), Terrell; 972-524-2028; www.hamorchard.com.
KELLER FARMERS MARKET: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 30. Farmers from around Texas. Vendors include Genesis Beef, Village Baking Co., Homestead Farms (goat cheese, pastured meat), Grapevine Grains, Latte Da Dairy and others, with farmer action picking up as the season progresses. • Keller Town Center fountain, 251 Town Center Lane, Keller; 817-709-9411; www.kellerfarmersmarket.com.
McKINNEY FARMERS MARKET: Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon at Chestnut Square. Thursday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. at Adriatica (replica of Croatian village). Local produce (including organic), pastured meats, chicken, eggs, farm butter, salsas, breads and more. Regulars include Motley Farms, Rehoboth Ranch and Dominion Farms (pastured meats and poultry), and Sachse Farms. • Chestnut Square Historic Village, about three blocks south of the main square at McDonald and Anthony (park in the lot on McDonald); Adriatica, 6851 Virginia Parkway, McKinney; 972-562-8790; www.mckinneyfarmersmarket.com.
MERRY BERRY FARM: Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon; Monday and Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., starting around mid-May. Suburban pick-your-own blackberry farm. Organic; cash only. • 4608 Sheperd Lane, Balch Springs; 972-286-2287; www.themerryberryfarm.com.
MOCKINGBIRD MARKET: Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m., through Oct. 28. Local produce, baked goods, honey, dairy and more. Some of the vendors include Rosey Ridge Farms (Mennonite baked goods and jams), Lucky Layla Farms, Motley Farms (specialty herbs and produce), Berry Best Farms, the Shrimp Stop, Wackym's Kitchen (artisanal cookies) and Texas Olive Ranch. More produce growers will be added as the season progresses. • In front of the Angelika Film Center, Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird at North Central Expressway, Dallas; 214-295-7463; www.mockingbirdstation.com.
OLD TOWN LEWISVILLE FARMERS MARKET: Saturday, 8 a.m. to sellout, May 15 through Oct. 30. Local and regional produce, jams, jellies and breads. No market on Sept. 25. • Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 151 W. Church St. (City Hall) at Main, Lewisville; 972-219-3401; www.cityoflewisville.com.
RICHLAND HILLS FARMERS MARKET: Saturday and Wednesday, 2 to 6 p.m., June 2 through Aug. 28. Part of North Central Texas Farmers Markets Association (produce grown within 150-mile radius). • 6980 Baker at Latham, Richland Hills; 817-763-0193.
RIDGMAR FARMERS MARKET: Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Year-round market operated by Parker County peach and vegetable growers. Mexican cafe inside. Selection includes local produce. • 900 State Highway 183 North (across from Ridgmar Mall), Fort Worth; 817-246-7525.
ROCKWALL FARMERS MARKET: Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, opens Saturday through Oct. 9. Local farmers, honey, dry seasoning mixes, baked goods, eggs, plants and herbs. More fruits and veggies as the season progresses.• On the downtown square in the parking lot of the county courthouse at Goliad and Kaufman streets, Rockwall; 972-772-6400 or e-mail email@example.com.
ROSEMEADE MARKET & GREENHOUSE: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nursery with indoor market stocked with seasonal fruits and vegetables from the Dallas Farmers Market. • 3646 E. Rosemeade Parkway, Carrollton; 972-306-2899; www.rosemeademarket.com.
RUFE SNOW FARMERS MARKET: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Year-round produce, with seasonal fruits and vegetables from Dallas Farmers Market and local producers. • 6871 Rufe Snow Drive, Fort Worth; 817-281-4313.
WAXAHACHIE DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 22 to Oct. 30. Local farmers (including organic) plus organic master gardeners, jams, jellies, sauces. One of the market's most popular vendors is the Country Store, a Mennonite bakery in Grandview. • Franklin Street between Rogers and College, south of the Ellis County Courthouse, Waxahachie. 972-937-7330, ext. 198.
WHITE ROCK LOCAL MARKET: Second and fourth Saturday of each month, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Dec. 11. The fourth Saturday is limited to farmers, growers and food producers. Vendors at the popular neighborhood market include Comeback Creek, Finley Farms, Kessler Cookies, Royal Pepper, JuHa Ranch, Homestead Land and Cattle Co., and others. • Green Spot Market & Fuels, 702 N. Buckner Blvd. at Northcliff, Dallas; 214-319-7768; www.whiterocklocalmarket.com.
Note: Many markets update their websites weekly to show what's available.