St. Michael’s Farmers Market

Well, a very Happy Birthday to the St. Michael’s Farmers Market. Saturday, June 30th, 2012 marked the opening day of this brand new neighborhood farmers market, and I must say it was a wonderful and vibrant gathering. I am thrilled to have it in the neighborhood. Every market has its own vibe and place in our community. I welcome them all. But this market, in one little day, leapfrogged to the very top of my list of favorites. Of course, I have about four markets at the top of my list of favorites. Located in the new north parking lot of the St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, there is room for quite a number of vendors, and they showed up with bells on.

Bright and early on Saturday, though not early enough to get Meyer Lemon or Multi-grain bread from Village Baking Co. (you have to show up early for those favorites), my kids and my neighbor, Linda, and I ran out to see what we could see. By the time we arrived at nine a.m., the parking lot was overflowing. That is a lovely sight!

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A Bit of Earth :: A Kitchen Potager

It is my birthday. I am forty-one today. The Meaning of Pie is two today. One of the wonders of the last two years, and there have been many, is that I decided to grow a garden. “Why did it take so long?” I have often wondered to myself, and then within seconds the self-deprecating voice in my head says things like, “because at first you didn’t care to stand still, and then you were exhausted.” But gardening is not exactly something that takes a great deal of effort, or time. I believed that it was going to be an undertaking. I believed that it would be a huge project and my head, so full of diapers and school applications, couldn’t handle another thing. What I wished I had known is that it takes only a modicum of effort, and the effort becomes addictive. I wish I had known that the undertaking was only as big as one wants it to be. What I didn’t understand is that if you have one plant in one pot, you have started gardening. You are officially a success.

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The Downtown Arlington Farmers Market

I have been hearing about the Downtown Arlington Farmers Market for a while and since the market season in North Texas is in full and glorious swing, I thought it was time to take a look myself. The impetus for my little road trip was that I saw a post on facebook that announced that they were open on Fridays. Joy! I wanted to get out and take some photos and go to lunch so I gave myself a small road trip as a gift. I forgot that Arlington is something of a haul. However, I was pleased when I arrived and found a dedicated building and a vendor tent set up out front. Like one of my other Dallas favorites, Celebration Market, this strikes me as a great neighborhood market. It is a perfect little resource for Arlington.

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Cowtown Farmers Market

“If you spend $100 at a grocery store, only $25 stays here. If you spend $100 at a farmers market, $62 goes back into the local economy — and $99 out of $100 stays in the state. So, where do you want your money to go?” –Cowtown Farmers Market website

Let’s be honest, the Cowtown Farmers Market was having a party last Saturday. If I were an objective sort of a person, I probably should have gone on an average Saturday. But, I suspect that the only difference on an average Saturday is a little less music and perhaps (cue my children groaning) a lack of balloons and face painting. And, by the way, the music was fantastic.

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Frisco Farmers Market

It is summer and I am up and at ‘em nearly every Saturday Morning heading to one of the Dallas area Farmers Markets. My beloved little Celebration Farmers Market is right down the street. And I’ve been over to the White Rock Local Market, too. Those are easy and close. I need to do another trip out to the Grand Prairie Farmers Market to see it in full swing. I went there in the late fall of last year and was told that it is an incredibly vibrant market in the Summer. Did I mention that the Grand Prairie Farmers Market just put out a community cookbook? Several of my photos and recipes are in it and it is a darling little book full of recipes for seasonal produce. Take an extra $13 and pick one up if you visit Grand Prairie. We have also made it to Coppell which is a reliably great market. I know it doesn’t make a lot of greenie sense for me to be driving my tank all around North Texas to visit farmers markets but I am drawn as if by tractor beam to these early morning celebrations. And, the Frisco Farmers Market did not disappoint.

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