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Local Farmers Markets

Celebration Farmers’ Market

The Dallas Metroplex is surrounded by numerous high quality working farms and ranches. As such Farmers Markets in North Texas are flourishing. Not only is there an abundance of locally and naturally grown produce, but also naturally grown meat and poultry and cheeses. Here is a sampling of some of what is available:

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.

CELEBRATION FARMERS MARKET:

Opens Spring 2012. Call 214-352-0031 for dates and hours.
Vendors include Holleman Farms pastured, non-certified organically raised chicken, In A Pickle, Farm Fresh Soaps & Culinary Creations,The Joy Farm Country Store, Cherokee Point Ranch, Texas Honeybee Guild, Warne Bee Farm, Stephanies Premium Bakery, Lucidos Pasta, Citas Pasta, 4515 W. Lovers Lane CelebrationRestaurant.com/FarmersMarket

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:

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. Winter Market 2012 is second and fourth Saturdays, Jan., Feb., and March. 8am to Noon, Every Saturday Starts April 7, 2012.  793 S. Coppell Rd.  972-304-7043. CoppellFarmersMarket.org.

CORSICANA BRICK STREET FARMERS MARKET:

Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon,;Select items delivered on Thurs.
This is a Farmer-Rancher Network producer-only farmers market. 122 W 3rd St, Corsicana, TX. 903-229-7505. 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.

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.  DallasFarmersMarket.org.

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. EdensOrganicFarm.com.

FRISCO FARMERS MARKET:

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or sellout, May 7 through Oct 22.
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.  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. 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). Gnismer.com.

GRAND PRAIRIE FARMERS MARKET:

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting March 31.
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. Gptx.org/FarmersMarket.

Celebration Farmers’ Market
Celebration Farmers’ Market

GRAPEVINE FARMERS MARKET:

Thursday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4p.m., March 22 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. FarmersMarketOfGrapevine.org

HAM ORCHARDS:

Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 15 through Aug. 15.
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. HamOrchard.com.

McKINNEY FARMERS MARKET:

Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon at Chestnut Square. Thursday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. at Adriatica
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. ChestnutSquare.org.

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. 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. Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird at North Central Expressway, Dallas; 214-295-7463; 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. Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 151 W. Church St. (City Hall) at Main, Lewisville. 972-219-3401; CityOfLewisville.com.

ROCKWALL FARMERS MARKET:

Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, opens Saturdays through Oct.
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 protected].

ROSEMEADE MARKET & GREENHOUSE:

Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 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.  RosemeadeMarket.com.

WAXAHACHIE DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET:

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 21, 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.
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; WhiteRockLocalMarket.com.

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